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Ashworth's Principles of Criminal Law

Tenth Edition

Jeremy Horder

20 April 2022

ISBN: 9780192897381

608 pages

In Stock

Price: £39.99

The leading analytical criminal law textbook, offering an in-depth look at the law, its formation, and function.


Ashworth's Principles of Criminal Law is distinctly different from other criminal law textbooks. Focusing on the theoretical issues and underlying principles, it brings the subject to life through a critically involving and contextual approach, whilst still covering the core topics found on criminal law courses.

  • Goes beyond the traditional format and structure of criminal law textbooks, offering an original and successful blend of doctrinal and theoretical analysis, encouraging students to think beyond issues of policy and theory towards a deeper understanding of the subject
  • Concise yet thorough explanation of complicated arguments with a fluent style that engages readers, making the law and its theoretical background accessible
  • Refers to a wide variety of useful resources for students, both in the main body of the text and in footnotes and further reading lists, providing students with a definitive research and reference tool
  • Also available as an e-book with functionality, navigation features, and links that offer extra learning support

New to this edition

  • Additional chapters online on bribery and money laundering, public order offences, and communication offences
  • Coverage of new case law and legislation, including Broughton (2020), Taj (2018), Richards (2020), Lawrance (2020), Nyonintono (2020), the Sentencing Act 2020, the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Act 2021, and the Domestic Abuse Act 2021

About the Author(s)

Jeremy Horder, Professor of Criminal Law, London School of Economics and Political Science

Jeremy Horder is Professor of Criminal Law at the LSE, and a Fellow of the British Academy. He is the author of numerous works of criminal law scholarship, including Criminal Misconduct in Office (Oxford University Press, 2018), Homicide and the Politics of Law Reform (Oxford University Press, 2012), and Excusing Crime (Oxford University Press, 2007).

Table of Contents

    1:Criminal law process
    2:Criminal law history
    3:Criminal law values
    4:Criminal law fabric
    5:Criminal conduct: Actus reus, causation and permissions
    6:Criminal capacity, mens rea, and fault
    7:Excusatory defences
    9:Non-fatal violations of the person
    10:Property offences
    11:Financial crime
    13:Inchoate offences
    14:Bribery and money laundering (additional chapter)
    15:Public order offences (additional chapter)
    16:Communication offences (additional chapter)


"This continues to be a unique, strong, and well-grounded account of English criminal law... The greatest strength of the book continues to be its first four conceptual chapters, which set the scene and establish the core values, institutions, and processes that give English criminal law its precise shape." - Dr David Hayes, Lecturer, University of Sheffield

"The book is excellent, the work of two fine legal minds. No book of its length on the same subject is as good." - Dr John Stanton-Ife, Reader in Criminal Law, King's College London

Additional Resources

The tenth edition is available for students and institutions to purchase in a variety of formats.

The e-book offers a mobile experience and convenient access along with functionality tools, navigation features and links that offer extra learning support: www.oxfordtextbooks.co.uk/ebooks

This edition is supported by online resources, including:
- Additional chapters on bribery and money laundering, public order offences, and communication offences
- Links to useful websites

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