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The American Model Penal Code: A Brief Overview


Paul H. Robinson


University of Pennsylvania Law School

Markus D. Dubber


University of Toronto - Faculty of Law

2007

New Criminal Law Review, Vol. 10, pg. 319, 2007

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If there can be said to be an "American criminal code," the Model Penal Code is it. Nonetheless, there remains an enormous diversity among the fifty-two American penal codes, including some that have never adopted a modern code format or structure. Yet, even within the minority of states without a modern code, the Model Penal Code has great influence, as courts regularly rely upon it to fashion the law that the state's criminal code fails to provide. In this essay we provide a brief introduction to this historic document, its history and its content.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 23

Keywords: model penal code, criminal

JEL Classification: K14

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Date posted: February 4, 2005 ; Last revised: September 28, 2009

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Robinson, Paul H. and Dubber, Markus D., The American Model Penal Code: A Brief Overview (2007). New Criminal Law Review, Vol. 10, pg. 319, 2007. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=661165 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.661165

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Paul H. Robinson (Contact Author)
University of Pennsylvania Law School ( email )
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Philadelphia, PA 19104
United States
Markus D. Dubber
University of Toronto - Faculty of Law ( email )
78 and 84 Queen's Park
Toronto, Ontario M5S 2C5
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