Hart Publishing has published Landmark Cases in Criminal Law edited by Henry Mares, Phil Handler, and Ian Williams.
The volume contains chapters by many Faculty members (Professor Sir John Baker, Professor David Ibbetson, Professor John Spencer, Dr Findlay Stark, and Henry Mares) and former members (Professor Matt Dyson (now Oxford) and Dr Ian Williams (now UCL)), as well as distinguished academics at other Faculties in the UK, Canada, and Australia. Generous funding was provided by the Cambridge Humanities Research Grants Scheme, as well as by the Faculty’s Herbert Smith Freehills Visitor Scheme, for which the editors are duly grateful.
Criminal cases raise difficult normative and legal questions, and are often a consequence of compelling human drama. In this collection, expert authors place leading cases in criminal law in their historical and legal contexts, highlighting their significance both in the past and for the present.
The cases in this volume range from the fifteenth to the twenty-first century. Many of them are well known to modern criminal lawyers and students; others are overlooked landmarks that deserve reconsideration. The essays, often based on extensive and original archival research, range over a wide spectrum of criminal law, covering procedure and doctrine, statute and common law, individual offences and general principles. Together, the essays explore common themes, including the scope of criminal law and criminalisation, the role of the jury, and the causes of change in criminal law.