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Contemporary Issues in Criminal Law

Contemporary Issues in Criminal Law

Edited by Emma Henderson


"Coward’s-punch" manslaughter provisions; paperless arrest warrants; hooligan-party-crasher offences; bikie consorting laws; new bail provisions for domestic violence perpetrators; ever-extending applications to complicity and more: the use of the criminal law to respond to social and moral panics is as prevalent and as concerning as it is longstanding. From the doctrine of necessity to the Royal Commission on Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, this Special Issue covers a wide range of challenging contemporary criminal legal problems, drawn from those presented at the annual Criminal Law Workshop in 2015, all focusing on the perennial issue of the boundaries of the criminal law. Is society really being plagued by new forms of offending which demand contemporary legal responses, or are we being subjected to heightened levels of over-reach in order to shore up our "tough on crime" credentials?

Contemporary Issues in Criminal Law is a special issue (Volume 34 No 2) of the journal Law in Context. You can purchase a single copy of this issue through this page, or subscribe to the journal from the journal page.


Emma Henderson

The ‘Bikie Effect’ and Other Forms of Demonisation: The Origins and Effects of Hyper-Criminalisation
Luke McNamara and Julia Quilter

Domestic and Family Violence and the Approach to Bail
Emily Ng and Heather Douglas

Common Purpose and Conspiracy Liability in New Zealand: Criminality by Association?
Julia Tolmie and Kris Gledhill

Legal Irresponsibility and Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse
Penny Crofts

Emergency Situations and the Defence of Necessity
Jeremy Finn

'Weeds of Our Own Making': Language Ideologies, Swearing and the Criminal Law
Elyse Methven


Published 24 June 2016
Publisher The Federation Press
ISBN 9781760020743
Australian RRP $49.95
International Price $45.00
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