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Criminal Law

Criminal Law (15th edn)

Michael Allen and Ian Edwards
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date: 21 March 2023

p. 322. Actus reuslocked

p. 322. Actus reuslocked

  • Michael J. AllenMichael J. AllenFormer Commissioner at the Criminal Cases Review Commission and Professor of Law at Newcastle Law School
  •  and Ian EdwardsIan EdwardsSenior Lecturer in Law, University of East Anglia


Course-focused and comprehensive, the Textbook on series provides an accessible overview of the key areas on the law curriculum. This chapter explains the concept of actus reus. It discusses the elements of crime, defining an actus reus, proving an actus reus, that conduct must be voluntary, state of affairs offences, omissions liability (situations in which a person will be liable for failing to act), causation (including the principles of factual and legal causation), and coincidence in time of actus reus and mens rea. A revised and updated Law in Context feature analyses critically English law’s approach to liability for causing another person’s suicide.

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