Category Archives: Criminal Law

Liberty – S172 Road Traffic Act 1988 – Academics to the Rescue 12

“Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness” (Jefferson) and “Liberty, Equality, Fraternity” (Robespierre) are noble aspirations, but in the patchwork reality they are imperfect ideals, even in our green and pleasant land. I drove to East Anglia for Easter. There … Read More »

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The Need for a Criminal Code – Academics to the Rescue 8

The teaching of criminal law could be assisted by using the structure of a draft criminal code;  and in the assessment process we might ask students to draft and criticise sections of a model code.  This also gives students experience of … Read More »

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Organised Crime – Academics to the Rescue 7

Organised crime is a problem which we should discuss.  If brought into the open it can be deterred. (1) Once there were the traditional gangsters. After the Kray twins from East London were jailed for murder in 1967, ex members … Read More »

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Truth – Academics to the Rescue 4

Truth is a Moving Target, varying over time, society and locality. What is acceptable and academically orthodox in one society may be intolerable in another. Academics in England have freedom to search for the truth. But the truth itself is … Read More »

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Causation – Academics to the Rescue 3

The question of who is responsible for an event is often complex. A multiplicity of causes lead to events, such as the terrible murder of hostages in Syria, by the former Westminster University student, referred to as Jihadi John; or the … Read More »

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Misconduct in Public Office – What can be Done? – The Rule of Law 8

In 1968 students protested in Grosvenor Square about the Vietnam War. They were arrested and taken to the former Savile Row Police Station.  Stones and even half bricks were found in their pockets. They were convicted.  A police inquiry discovered … Read More »

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Miscarriage of Justice – The Rule of Law 7

If Tom Bingham is correct (in saying that the judiciary is only 55% likely to know whether a witness is telling the truth), then miscarriages of justice are frequent, and undermine the rule of law. The most serious flaw in … Read More »

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