Vertical, Horizontal, Backwards, Forwards

Claes Lernestedt


This review essay on Lindsay Farmer’s Making the Modern Criminal Law: Criminalization and Civil Order begins by discussing a few issues related to the identity of the “civilizer,” as this figure comes (and—it is argued—partly doesn’t come) to life in the book. It next considers the (at times) strongly forward-looking ambitions tied to construction and application of the rules for ascription of responsibility, as well as the recent ambitions, among writers on criminal law, to build a partly free-standing “system” of criminal law that includes a theory of criminalization.

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