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Area of Law: Criminal law

Hart vs Devlin Encore Debate

"THE LAW SHOULD REFLECT PUBLIC MORALITY"  Presented by the Monash University Faculty of Law. More information on YouTube.

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Criminal law is the rules of statute and common law which direct that certain actions are punishable by the state. Each Australian jurisdiction has a body of criminal law. In some Australian jurisdictions the criminal law, or a defined part of it, is governed by a statutory code. Generally offences of a regulatory nature, such as parking offences and minor traffic offences are not considered to be part of the criminal law.

Criminology is the study of the causes, prevention, and correction of criminal behaviour.

(Edited from the Encyclopaedic Australian Legal Dictionary)

Related library guides: Criminal Justice and Criminology, International and Foreign Law; Public International Law tab

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