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Murder, Mens Rea and the Mandatory Life Sentence: Why Those Seeking Radical Reform Should be Content with the Common Law Development of English Homicide Law.

  • Year of Publication:
  • 2020

This body of work seeks to support the continued existence of the common law offence of Murder, the law of England and Wales is not only creditable, but desirable as opposed to the adoption of a tiered offence. This work examines the theories, principles and arguments of academia from around jurisdictions on the proposals made by the Law Commission and other official bodies. It is argued that there is a never-ending clamour for reform which is unwarranted, and more crucially, unobtainable due to the breadth of academic opinion – the common law offence of Murder in England and Wales is a well-structured offence set on strong foundations.

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