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Criminal Law

Text, Cases, and Materials

Ninth Edition

Jonathan Herring

May 2020

ISBN: 9780198848479

992 pages

In Stock

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 book enduringly popular



Jonathan Herring's unique approach of separating out the doctrinal and theoretical aspects of the law, alongside expertly selected extracts, makes this book enduringly popular with students and teachers.

  • 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

New to this edition

  • Developments in the law, covering loss of control, liability for intoxication, and the law on dishonesty
  • 5 new diagrams visually present some of the key concepts of criminal law
  • New flashcards covering the most important cases are now available as part of the online resources

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, 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


"This is an invaluable resource...comprehensive, accessible and accurate... It is one of the best textbooks I have used. " - Dr Elizabeth Shaw, Lecturer, University of Aberdeen

"A detailed but accessible textbook that manages a difficult balance between good attention to doctrine and enough space for theory and context. " - Dr Henrique Carvalho, Associate Professor, University of Warwick

"Very well presented and balanced...providing strong foundations for knowledge and understanding...as well as opening the door to and offering insight on a deeper level" - Dr Ffion Haf Llewelyn, Lecturer, Aberystwyth University

"Cases are brought to life with detailed explanatory commentary, providing the learner with a complete and current picture of the law." - Russell J Kelsall, The Student Law Journal

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 which include:
    For students -

    Key case flashcards- Case flashcards
    · Useful web links
    Useful web links· Guidance on answering selected questions in the book
    - Bibliography
    A full bibliography· An introductory video from the author· Updates to the law following publication

    For lecturers -
    · A test bank of multiple choice questions

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