The American Model Penal Code: A Brief Overview

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

23 Pages Posted: 4 Feb 2005 Last revised: 28 Sep 2009

Paul H. Robinson

University of Pennsylvania Law School

Markus D. Dubber

University of Toronto - Faculty of Law; University of Toronto - Centre for Ethics

Date Written: 2007

Abstract

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.

Keywords: model penal code, criminal

JEL Classification: K14

Suggested Citation

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: https://ssrn.com/abstract=661165 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.661165

Paul H. Robinson (Contact Author)

University of Pennsylvania Law School ( email )

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Markus D. Dubber

University of Toronto - Faculty of Law ( email )

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Canada

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University of Toronto - Centre for Ethics ( email )

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Toronto, Ontario M5S 1H8
Canada

HOME PAGE: http://ethics.utoronto.ca

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