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Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Dempsey on Uncooperative Victims

Dempsey michelle Michelle Madden Dempsey (Villanova University School of Law) has posted Public Wrongs and the ‘Criminal Law’s Business’: When Victims Won’t Share (CRIME, PUNISHMENT, AND RESPONSIBILITY: THE JURISPRUDENCE OF ANTONY DUFF, Rowan Cruft, Matthew H. Kramer, and Mark R. Reiff, eds., Oxford University Press, 2011) on SSRN. Here is the abstract:

Amongst the many valuable contributions that Professor Antony Duff has made to criminal law theory is his account of what it means for a wrong to be public in character. In this chapter, I sketch an alternative way of thinking about criminalization, one which attempts to remain true to the important insights that illuminate Duff’s account, while providing (it is hoped) a more satisfying explanation of cases involving victims who reject the criminal law’s intervention.

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