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Criminal Law

Text, Cases, and Materials

Tenth Edition

Jonathan Herring

05 May 2022

ISBN: 9780192855923

944 pages

Text, Cases, and Materials

Price: £42.99

Jonathan Herring's unique approach of separating out the doctrinal and theoretical aspects of the law makes this enduringly popular.



In Criminal Law: Text, Cases, and Materials, Jonathan Herring offers comprehensive legal coverage and insightful analysis, neatly separated out for ease of use, alongside expertly selected extracts from key cases and academic sources.

  • A unique two-part approach to covering both doctrinal and theoretical criminal law makes the text appropriate across a wide range of levels and abilities
  • The inclusion of extracts from case judgments and critical academic writings deepens students' engagement with the subject
  • Further reading suggestions and questions at the end of individual sections allow students to reflect on the content and offer clarity on where to find extra coverage
  • The structure is closely tailored to criminal law courses ensuring that the text provides all of the commentary and materials needed to gain a comprehensive understanding of each topic
  • Accompanied by extensive online resources, including self-test questions, key case flashcards, guidance on answering selected questions in the book, and an introductory video from the author talking about the study of criminal law and his approach to the subject
  • Also available as an e-book with functionality, navigation features, and links that offer extra learning support

New to this edition

  • New case law, including R v Barton [2020] EWCA Crim 575 on dishonesty; R v Lanning and Camille [2021] EWCA Crim 450 on complicity; R v Lawrance [2020] EWCA Crim 971 on rape; R v Rebelo [2021] EWCA Crim 306 on manslaughter; R v Wood Treatment Ltd [2021] EWCA Crim 618 on corporate crime; and more
  • Analysis of the new law on dishonesty
  • New material on race and criminal law, highlighting the racial inequalities in how the criminal justice system operates

About the Author(s)

Jonathan Herring, Professor of Law, Exeter College, Oxford

Jonathan Herring is Professor of Law at Exeter College, University of Oxford. He is a widely published author across several disciplines, including criminal law, family law, medical law, and legal ethics.

Table of Contents

    1:An introduction to criminal law
    2:Actus reus: the conduct element
    3:Mens rea: the mental element
    4:Strict liability
    6:Non-fatal non-sexual offences against the person
    7:Sexual offences
    8:Theft, handling, and robbery
    10:Burglary and blackmail
    11:Criminal damage
    13:The criminal liability of corporations
    14:Inchoate offences


"I have recommended Criminal Law: Text, Cases, and Materials to my students for 10 years now. I think it is the best criminal law textbook on the market." - Dr Kevin J. Brown, Senior Lecturer, Queen's University Belfast

"The first port of call and the 'go to' reference for all undergraduate law students. It is comprehensive and accessible." - Kathryn Dutton, Associate Dean (Law and Policing), York St John University

"A very good and comprehensive textbook. It has a clear and unique style... It gives students that extra, theoretical information... It has been on reading lists at every institution I have taught in, and for a reason." - Dr Laura Lammasniemi, Assistant Professor, University of Warwick

Additional Resources

Digital formats and resources

This edition is available for students and institutions to purchase in a variety of formats, and is supported by online resources.

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

The text is also supported by online resources, including:
- Multiple choice questions
- Videos
- Key case flashcards
- Guidance on answering the questions in the book
- Bibliography
- Useful web links

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