Boundaries of Criminal Liability: Participation in Crime, Preparatory Offences and Omissions - Book Review of Core Concepts in Criminal Law and Criminal Justice, Anglo-German Dialogues
Israel Law Review, Forthcoming
25 Pages Posted: 1 Jun 2020
Date Written: May 3, 2020
The book Core Concepts in Criminal Law and Criminal Justice, Anglo-German Dialogues, is the first volume of an Anglo-German project that aims “to explore the foundational principles and concepts that underpin the different domestic systems and local rules.” It offers comparative perspectives on German and Anglo-American criminal law and criminal justice as “examples of the civil law and the common law worlds.” The comparisons “dig beneath the superficial similarities or differences between legal rules to identify and compare the underlying concepts, values, principles, and structures of thought.” The review focuses on the topics of omission, preparatory offences and participation in crime, all of which extend the typical criminal liability. It presents the comparative German and Anglo-American perspectives discussed in the book with regard to each topic, and adds the perspective of Israeli criminal law. It points out the features common to all these topics as an extension of criminal liability and evaluates the underlying considerations justifying the criminalization of omissions, preparatory offences and participation in crime.
Keywords: Criminal law, participation in crime, preparatory offences, omissions
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