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Public Wrongs and the Criminal Law

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This paper is about how best to understand the notion of 'public wrongs' in the longstanding idea that crimes are public wrongs. By contrasting criminal law with the civil laws of torts and contracts, it argues that 'public wrongs' should not be understood merely as wrongs that properly concern the public, but more specifically as those which the state, as the public, ought to punish. It then briefly considers the implications that this has on criminalization. © 2013 Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht.
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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed
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Accepted manuscript

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10.1007/s11572-013-9231-z

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, SSD, Law, Centre for Criminology
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Grant:
Preventive Justice Project (AH/H015655/1)
Publisher:
Springer Netherlands Publisher's website
Journal:
Criminal Law and Philosophy Journal website
Volume:
9
Issue:
1
Pages:
155-170
Publication date:
2013-05-03
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EISSN:
1871-9805
ISSN:
1871-9791
URN:
uuid:58c16039-10f5-4649-933f-83559cf28d58
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479196
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pubs:479196

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