Public Wrongs and the Criminal Law

Criminal Law and Philosophy 9 (1):155-170 (2015)
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Abstract

This paper is about how best to understand the notion of ‘public wrongs’ in the longstanding idea that crimes are public wrongs. By contrasting criminal law with the civil laws of torts and contracts, it argues that ‘public wrongs’ should not be understood merely as wrongs that properly concern the public, but more specifically as those which the state, as the public, ought to punish. It then briefly considers the implications that this has on criminalization.

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Ambrose Y. K. Lee
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Torts and Other Wrongs.John Gardner - 2019 - Oxford University Press.
Victims of crime: Their station and its duties.Sandra E. Marshall - 2004 - Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 7 (2):104-117.

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