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Criminal law William Wilson This subject guide was prepared for the University of London International Programmes by: uu William Wilson, Professor of Criminal Law, Queen Mary, University of London. This is one of a series of subject guides published by the University. We regret that owing to pressure of work the author is unable to enter into any correspondence relating to, or arising from, the guide. If you have any comments on this subject guide, favourable or unfavourable, please use the form at the back of this guide. University of London International Programmes Publications Office Stewart House 32 Russell Square London WC1B 5DN United Kingdom www.londoninternational.ac.uk Published by: University of London © University of London 2015 The University of London asserts copyright over all material in this subject guide except where otherwise indicated. All rights reserved. No part of this work may be reproduced in any form, or by any means, without permission in writing from the publisher. We make every effort to respect copyright. If you think we have inadvertently used your copyright material, please let us know. Criminal law page i Contents Module overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 1 Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 1.1 The lawyer’s method . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 1.2 What does criminal law comprise? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 1.3 Procedure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 1.4 The sources of criminal law . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 1.5 Study materials . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 1.6 Online resources . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 1.7 Preparing for the examination . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 1.8 Getting started . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 2 The building blocks of criminal liability . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 2.1 General principles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 2.2 The three basic elements in crime . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 2.3 Proving the elements of the offence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Am I ready to move on? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 3 Actus reus: conduct and circumstances . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 3.1 What does the actus reus consist of? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 3.2 Circumstances . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Am I ready to move on? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 4 Actus reus: consequences and their causes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 4.1 Result crimes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 4.2 Accountability: basic guidelines . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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