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Criminal Law ConcentrateLaw Revision and Study Guide

Criminal Law Concentrate: Law Revision and Study Guide (7th edn)

Jonathan Herring
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date: 03 October 2023

p. 938. Homicide IIlocked

p. 938. Homicide IIlocked

  • Jonathan HerringJonathan HerringProfessor of Law, Exeter College, University of Oxford


Each Concentrate revision guide is packed with essential information, key cases, revision tips, exam Q&As, and more. Concentrates show you what to expect in a law exam, what examiners are looking for, and how to achieve extra marks. An unlawful homicide committed without the mens rea for murder is involuntary manslaughter. This chapter discusses the three classes of involuntary manslaughter: reckless manslaughter, unlawful act manslaughter, and gross negligence manslaughter. Both unlawful act manslaughter and gross negligence are notable for the low level of mens rea required. Indeed, with gross negligence manslaughter the defendant may not even have foreseen the risk of death and yet still be convicted of manslaughter.

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