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Ashworth's Principles of Criminal Law

Ninth Edition

Jeremy Horder

May 2019

ISBN: 9780198777663

584 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, enabling readers to engage with the subject at a sophisticated and detailed level.

  • 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

New to this edition

  • Expanded coverage of property offences over two chapters: Property Offences, which newly covers criminal damage, and Financial Crime, covering fraud, the Bribery Act 2010, and money laundering.
  • Ivey v Genting Casinos [2017] is included and its impact on the meaning of 'dishonesty' is analysed.
  • Other recent cases referred to include R v Wallace [2018]; R v Rejmanski [2018]; R v Grant-Murray [2018]; R v Martin (Jovan) [2017]; An NHS Trust and Others v Y and Another [2018]

About the Author(s)

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

Jeremy Horder is Professor of Criminal Law and Head of the Law Department at the LSE. 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

Additional Resources

The text is accompanied by online resources housing a full bibliography as well as a selection of useful web links.

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