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Ideology and Criminal Law

Fascist, National Socialist and Authoritarian Regimes

Dr Stephen Skinner (University of Exeter)



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Hart Publishing
05 September 2019
Fascism & Nazism; Political structures: totalitarianism & dictatorship; Legal history; Criminal law & procedure
With populist, nationalist and repressive governments on the rise around the world, questioning the impact of politics on the nature and role of law and the state is a pressing concern. If we are to understand the effects of extreme ideologies on the state's legal dimensions and powers - especially the power to punish and to determine the boundaries of permissible conduct through criminal law - it is essential to consider the lessons of history. This timely collection explores how political ideas and beliefs influenced the nature, content and application of criminal law and justice under Fascism, National Socialism, and other authoritarian regimes in the twentieth century. Bringing together expert legal historians from four continents, the collection's 16 chapters examine aspects of criminal law and related jurisprudential and criminological questions in the context of Fascist Italy, Nazi Germany, Nazi-occupied Norway, apartheid South Africa, Francoist Spain, and the authoritarian regimes of Brazil, Romania and Japan. Based on original archival, doctrinal and theoretical research, the collection offers new critical perspectives on issues of systemic identity, self-perception and the foundational role of criminal law; processes of state repression and the activities of criminal courts and lawyers; and ideological aspects of, and tensions in, substantive criminal law.
Edited by:   Dr Stephen Skinner (University of Exeter)
Imprint:   Hart Publishing
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 244mm,  Width: 169mm, 
Weight:   860g
ISBN:   9781509910816
ISBN 10:   1509910816
Pages:   400
Publication Date:   05 September 2019
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  Primary ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Stephen Skinner is Associate Professor of Comparative Legal History and Human Rights at the University of Exeter.

Reviews for Ideology and Criminal Law: Fascist, National Socialist and Authoritarian Regimes

[The book] can teach us lessons how to deal with current challenges by revealing the dynamics between ideology and criminal law ... The present volume, while offering thought-provoking and inspiring insights, provides an excellent starting point for further research into this burning issue. -- Florian Jessberger and Tobias Beinder * Quaderni Fiorentini per la storia del pensiero giuridico moderno *

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