Policing Morality: Constitutional Law and the Criminalization of Incest
19 Pages Posted: 8 Oct 2009 Last revised: 24 Aug 2011
Date Written: September 15, 2009
This paper considers the constitutionality of so-called morals offenses, paying particular attention to the crime of incest. It focuses on two recent judgments by the U.S. Supreme Court (Lawrence v. Texas, on homosexual sex) and the German Constitutional Court (on adult sibling incest) and draws on the distinction between police and law.
Keywords: criminal law, constitutional law, autonomy, police, incest, homosexual sex, Lawrence v. Texas
JEL Classification: K14, K30
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