Winterdyk | Canadian Criminology
Winterdyk | Canadian Criminology
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Criminal Law Discussion
  1. How have historical practices of justice affected current attitudes towards crime prevention and crime control?
  2. Is it necessary to formally codify behaviour? What are the strengths and weaknesses of common laws versus political laws?
  3. Using the liberal and conservative approaches to law, explain the controversy surrounding euthanasia.
  4. Although Canada employs an adversarial model of justice, would there be any advantages to entertaining elements of the accusatorial model? Clarify your answer.
  5. Collect at least a dozen crime articles from media sources. What type of defences are used? Referring to Appendix A, see how they apply to common law defences. How do the current defences differ from common law defences?
  6. Discuss contemporary problems in criminal defences. What are the implications for criminal law? How might an interdisciplinary and integrated approach help to address some of the problems?

Key Concepts
Canadian Criminal Codevengeancejurisprudence
Self-help justiceprivate revengeblood revenge
State revengecommon lawcodification
Civil lawCharter of Rightsburden of proof
Criminal defencefitness to stand trialiberalism
Conservatismmistake of factmistake of law
Inquisitorialnatural lawspolitical laws
Roman lawcase lawJustinian Code
Hammurabi's Codelex talioniscorroborating evidence
Due processrules of lawprecedent
Magna Cartastare decisisBNA Act
Statute of limitationsactus reusmens rea
Social controlcriminal lawrevenge
Ur-Namma's Code>accusatorial 


Key Names
J.S. MillJ. LockeJ. Bentham
T. HobbesE. Burke 

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