The Legality Principle in American and German Criminal Law: An Essay in Comparative Legal History
Markus D. Dubber
University of Toronto - Faculty of Law
December 1, 2010
After briefly recounting the (non-) history of the principle of legality (nullum crimen sine lege) in American criminal law, this paper explores the potential of comparative legal history as a tool of critical analysis of law, by outlining a cross-temporal and -systemic analysis of the legality principle, using German criminal law as a point of comparison.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 18
Keywords: comparative law, criminal law, legal history, constitutional law, comparative legal history, legality principle, nullum crimen sine lege, German criminal law, American criminal law
JEL Classification: K14, K30, K33
Date posted: January 8, 2011
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