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Criminal Law and Philosophy

Criminal Law and Philosophy

An International Journal for Philosophy of Crime, Criminal Law and Punishment

Editors-in-Chief: D.N. Husak; M. Dempsey; M. Matravers

ISSN: 1871-9791 (print version)
ISSN: 1871-9805 (electronic version)

Journal no. 11572

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Douglas N. Husak, Rutgers University, USA
Michelle Dempsey, Villanova University, USA
Matt Matravers, University of York, UK

Susan Dimock,
York University, Canada
Massimo Renzo, University of Warwick

ounding Editor
Antony Duff,
University of Stirling, UK and University of Minnesota Law School, USA

Editorial Board:
Larry Alexander, University of San Diego, USA
Marcia Baron, Indiana University, USA
Mitch Berman, University of Pennsylvania, USA
Liz Campbell, University of Edinburgh, UK 
Russell Christopher, University of Tulsa, USA
Michael Corrado, University of North Carolina, USA
Goran Duus-Otterstrom, Aarhus University, Denmark
James Edwards, Oxford University, UK
Lindsay Farmer, University of Glasgow, UK
Kim Ferzan, University of Virginia, USA
John Gardner, University of Oxford, UK
Claire Grant, University of Warwick, UK
Stuart Green, Rutgers University School of Law-Newark, USA
Serge Gutwirth, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
Alon Harel, Hebrew University, Israel
Adil Haque, Rutgers University School of Law-Newark, USA
Paul de Hert, Tilburg University, The Netherlands
Mireille Hildebrandt, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium and Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Ari Hirvonen, University of Helsinki, Finland
Jeremy Horder, King's College London, UK
Tatjana Hörnle, Humboldt-Universität Berlin, Germany
Zachary Hoskins, University of Nottigham, UK
Duncan Ivison, University of Toronto, Canada and Sydney University, Australia
Michel van de Kerchove, Facultés Universitaires Saint-Louis, Belgium
Adam Kolber, Brooklyn Law School, USA
Matthew Kramer, University of Cambridge, UK
Christopher Kutz, University of California at Berkeley, USA
Jae Lee, Fordham University, USA     
Sandra Marshall, University of Stirling, UK
Gabriel Mendlow, University of Michigan, USA
Michael Moore, University of Illinois, USA
Stephen Morse, University of Pennsylvania, USA
Ngaire Naffine, University of Adelaide, Australia
David Nelken, University of Macerata, Italy
Alan Norrie, University of Warwick, UK
Victoria Nourse, Georgetown University, USA
Paul Roberts, University of Nottingham, UK
Jesper Ryberg, Roskilde University, Denmark
Re'em Segev, Hebrew University, Israel
Stephen Shute, University of Sussex, UK
Andrew Simester, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Ken Simons, University of California, USA
Philip Swenson, College of William and Mary, USA
Victor Tadros, University of Warwick, UK
Malcolm Thorburn, Queen's University, Canada
Alec Walen, Rutgers University, USA
Kit Wellman, Washington University, USA
Celia Wells, University of Bristol, UK
Peter Westen, University of Michigan, USA
Christoffer Wong, University of Lund, Sweden
Gideon Yaffe, Yale University, USA 
Leo Zaibert, Union College, USA

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    The philosophy of crime and criminal law has been undergoing a renaissance.Increasing numbers of lawyers and philosophers are researching, writing and teaching in the area. Lawyers who are exploring theoretical issues related to criminal liability and punishment find that they must turn to philosophy. Philosophers recognise the importance of the criminal law as a focus for both analytical and normative inquiry. The practical importance of the subject is also obvious, especially at a time when western governments are having to reconsider their rationales for criminalization and sentencing in the light of substantial changes in criminal justice systems and their social contexts. Until recently, there was no journal solely devoted to the philosophy of crime and criminal law. Criminal Law and Philosophy fills this gap, and provides a  platform for the high quality work that is being done in this area.

    High quality content; specific and inclusive in scope

    Criminal Law and Philosophy aims to publish high quality articles that take a philosophical perspective on any issues in the broad field of crime and punishment. The main areas and topics include: crime and criminalization; the content, principles and structure of substantive criminal law; criminal justice and the criminal process; punishment and sentencing. The journal is inclusive in its scope: it publishes articles with a historical focus on earlier philosophical discussions of crime and punishment, as well as articles with a more contemporary focus. It seeks contributions from a range of philosophical schools and approaches, in particular both from analytically oriented philosophers and from those who draw more on contemporary continental philoshophy.


    Criminal Law and Philosophy is becoming essential reading for academics in philosophy, in law and in criminology who take a philosophically informed critical, analytical or normative approach to the criminal law and criminal justice. It is also an important resource for students in those subjects, and for practitioners with an interest in philosophical approaches to their practice. Through this journal, readers can access the latest thinking by the best scholars in the philosophy of crime and punishment.

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    The editors, editorial board and advisors constitute an impressive, international group of leading scholars working in the philosophy of crime and punishment. They represent a variety of systems of criminal law, including systems that cross national boundaries.

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