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November focus: criminal law

Oxford's undergraduate criminal law list boasts market-leading criminal law titles with cutting-edge approaches. Textbooks on our criminal law list are regularly updated and offer approaches for every course.

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Ch. 1 - An introduction to criminal law
Smith, Hogan, & Ormerod's Criminal Law (15th edn) by David Ormerod and Karl Laird
" is notoriously difficult to define the subject matter of a particular branch of the law; and this is particularly true of the criminal law. But this is a book about crimes, and if it did not at least attempt to tell the reader what a crime is, it would be deficient."

Ch. 9 - Defences of compulsion
Complete Criminal Law (7th edn) by Janet Loveless, Mischa Allen, and Caroline Derry
"The defences in this section will all result in complete acquittals if successfully established. They provide a defence to all crimes with one major exception..."

Ch. 4 - Interaction of actus reus and mens rea
Smith, Hogan, & Ormerod's Essentials of Criminal Law (3rd edn) by John Child and David Ormerod
" is important to remember that criminal liability can only be found when these two requirements are proved together in relation to the same offence."

Ch. 23 Mental conditions
Smith, Hogan, & Ormerod's Text, Cases, & Materials on Criminal Law (13th edn) by David Ormerod and Karl Laird
"Our focus in this chapter is to consider the way that the substantive criminal law deals with claims by the accused that he should not be held liable, or should be liable for a different offence, because of some mental condition."

R v Blaue [1975] 1 WLR 1411, Court of Appeal
Essential Cases: Criminal Law by Jonathan Herring
"Provides a bridge between course textbooks and key case judgments. Having a confident and critical understanding of case law is central to developing your legal knowledge."

Ch. 11 - Criminal damage
Criminal Law: Text, Cases, and Materials (9th edn) by Jonathan Herring
"Four criminal damage offences are found in the Criminal Damage Act 1971: basic criminal damage, arson, aggravated criminal damage, and aggravated arson. There is also an offence of racially aggravated criminal damage."

Ch. 10 - Skills for success in coursework assignments
Concentrate Q&A Criminal Law (3rd edn) by Mischa Allen
"Criminal law assessments must be approached logically, and be very well structured. Your task is to build a convincing argument using the ‘evidence’ of case law and statutes to apply to the facts of your problem, or to essay questions."

Ch. 7 - Parties to crime
Criminal Law (15th edn) by Michael Allen and Ian Edwards
"Whosoever shall aid, abet, counsel or procure the commission of any indictable offence ...shall be liable to be tried, indicted and punished as a principal offender."

Ch. 9 - Inchoate offences
Concentrate Criminal Law (7th edn) by Johnathan Herring
"Inchoate offences are those where the full offence is not completed."

Ch. 2 - Criminal law history
Ashworth's Principles of Criminal Law (9th edn) by Jeremy Horder
"As we will see, whilst there is much to criticize in the way that the criminal law has developed over centuries, there is no doubting the fascination of its intellectual evolution."