The Architecture of Homicide

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This review article examines Jeremy Horder’s proposals for reform of the law of homicide in his book Homicide and the Politics of Law Reform. It focuses on Horder’s defence of the Law Commission’s proposals for a three-tier structure of homicide offences, and the ‘moderate constructivist’ theory that he relies upon in mounting this defence. Horder’s theory, it is argued, fails to provide sound normative foundations for his preferred structure. However, a qualified defence is offered of another of Horder’s proposals: to give public opinion research a role in homicide reform. This would help to give substance to the principle of fair labelling in an area of the law where this principle is frequently invoked, but is also uncertain in its implications and force.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)819-839
JournalOxford Journal of Legal Studies
Issue number4
Early online date10 Oct 2014
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • homocide
  • fair labelling
  • correspondence principle
  • constructive liability
  • subjectivism


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