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This work would be of interest to scholars in the United States in the cross cultural study of law and the development of law. It would also be of interest to those who are interested in the development of criminal law, the theory of criminal law, criminology and the sociology of law. If I were to offer a general criticism, I would speak to what seems to me to be a lack of consistency in the subject matter, or at least the tangential relationship between the first and latter parts of the book. Although the book begins by talking about terrorism and reshaping criminal justice priorities, the later selections significantly depart from this motif, such as fault lines and the codification of Australian criminal law under the Australian Model Criminal Code. I feel that the strongest aspects of the book concern the identification of shifts from liberal perspectives on criminal law to more authoritarian modes and the incompatibility between theory of law and real world applications of theory in light of transnational forms of criminality. In total, the work leaves the reader with plenty of food for thought and significant ideas as to the roots of criminal law and changes in the nature of criminal law.

Course Description: A study of the nature of criminal law is presented

2360 (CRIJ 1310) Fundamentals of Criminal Law. (3-0) A study of the nature of criminal law: philosophy and historical developments, major definitions and concepts, classification of crime, elements of crime and penalties using Texas Statutes as illustrations, and justifications of and defenses to criminal responsibility.

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293 (1975) (analysis of the nature of criminal law justification) [hereinafter cited as Right Deed] Curriculum vitae
Marieke de Hoon obtained her Law degree (LL.B.) at Utrecht University cum laude. She received her Master’s degree (LL.M.) cum laude from the two-year Master’s programme in Legal Research, at Utrecht University, where she specialized in International Criminal Law and Public International Law. Since 2008, Marieke has worked for the Public International Law & Policy Group (PILPG). She started as a Research Associate in Washington DC, after which she set up the Netherlands Office with Brianne McGonigle. Marieke’s position is Co-Director of the Netherlands Office and Senior Counsel to PILPG Global. PILPG is a global pro bono law firm and Marieke advises several clients that are party in peace negotiations and/or with post-conflict transitional justice and rule of law development.

Educational activities
International Law Clinic
Volkenrecht (Public International Law)

Research activities
Marieke conducts research in the programme . Her PhD research concerns the crime of aggression, more specifically the problematic venture of applying law to the question of the aggressiveness of war. The research focuses particularly on the inherently political and radically indeterminate nature of the notion of aggression and how this relates to the nature of criminal law. The PhD project is supervised by Prof. Dr. Wouter G. Werner and Prof. Dr. Elies van Sliedregt.

Public international law; International criminal law; Peace & security; Transitional justice

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Postal address
VU University Amsterdam
Faculty of Law
De Boelelaan 1105
1081 HV Amsterdam

Questions for Reflection – The Nature of Criminal Law

A third aspect, in addition to harmfulness and wrongfulness, is the public element in wrongs. One manifestation of this consists of those general obligations of citizens that are so important that the criminal sanction may be justified to reinforce them. A core of offences against State security may be justified on these grounds, as may some offences against the taxation and benefits system, so long as the limiting effect of the minimalist principle (see ) is kept in view. These are public wrongs, inasmuch as the victim is not an individual but the community as a whole, and it is right that the more serious among them are considered suitable for criminalization—not least where the gain or advantage obtained is as great as, or greater than, that obtained in the typical offence with an individual victim. But it is to the latter kind of offence that we must now turn, and this is where the public element becomes problematic. How can we tell which wrongs done to individuals are sufficiently ‘public’ to warrant the condemnation of the criminal law? As Antony Duff argues, the answer lies not in an aspect of the wrong itself, but in the public valuation of the wrong:

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