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Criminal Law

Sixteenth Edition

Michael Allen and Ian Edwards

April 2021

ISBN: 9780198869931

696 pages

In Stock

Price: £39.99

Balanced perfectly to give students thought-provoking contextual discussion with succinct and focused coverage



Criminal Law explains, analyses, and critiques the criminal law. Expanded contextual coverage ensures that students can enjoy a comprehensive understanding of this most fascinating subject.

  • The text closely covers all the areas studied on mainstream criminal law courses in sufficient detail without being overwhelming, providing students new to the subject with the ideal balance of coverage
  • The straightforward and jargon-free approach towards the legal and judicial process helps students feel comfortable with the subject and develop their own critical skills
  • 'Law in Context' boxes frame the law in its practical context, exploring the modern challenges that the law faces today
  • Further reading sections at the end of each chapter provide those preparing essays with a carefully targeted starting point for research
  • Boxed examples, case fact summaries, key points, and questions help to highlight important points, break the text down, and aid effective learning
  • Also available as an e-book with functionality, navigation features, and links that offer extra learning support

New to this edition

  • Revised and updated Law in Context features, including discussions on Covid-19 and the criminal law, defences available to those that murder an abusive partner, and on the definition of hate crimes
  • A new section on the Modern Slavery Act 2015
  • Analysis of the latest case law developments and legislation, including Barton & Booth [2020], Lawrence [2020], R. (on the application of Mohamed) v Waltham Forest LBC [2020], Foy [2020], Smith (Andrew) [2020], and the Sentencing Act 2020

About the Author(s)

Michael Allen, Former Commissioner at the Criminal Cases Review Commission and Professor of Law at Newcastle Law School, and Ian Edwards, Associate Professor in Law, University of East Anglia

Michael J. Allen is a former Commissioner at the Criminal Cases Review Commission and prior to that was Professor of Law at Newcastle Law School.

Ian Edwards is an Associate Professor in Law at the University of East Anglia. He has previously worked at Nottingham Law School and Cardiff Law School.

Table of Contents

    2:Actus reus
    3:Mens rea
    4:Negligence and strict liability
    5:Capacity and incapacitating conditions
    6:General defences
    7:Parties to crime
    8:Inchoate offences
    10:Non-fatal offences against the person
    11:Sexual offences
    12:Offences under the Theft Acts 1968 and 1978; theft and related offences
    14:Further offences under the Theft Acts
    15:Criminal damage
    16:Misuse of Drugs Act Offences (Online Chapter)


"An engaging book...maintains the right balance between thoroughness and accessibility" - Renu Barton-Hanson, Associate Professor of Law, Middlesex University

Additional Resources

The sixteenth 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

This edition is also accompanied by a selection of online resources to support and further student learning, including:
· Multiple choice questions
· An additional chapter on Misuse of Drugs Act Offences
· Legal updates

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