Understanding ulterior mens rea: future conduct intention is conditional intention

Child, J J (2017) Understanding ulterior mens rea: future conduct intention is conditional intention. Cambridge Law Journal, 76 (2). pp. 311-336. ISSN 0008-1973

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Abstract

Where criminal offences such as attempt and conspiracy require a defendant (D) to intend future conduct, D’s intention will always be conditional. D’s intention may be explicitly conditional (eg, D intends to rob the shop, but only if unable to pay her rent), or implicitly conditional (eg, D intends to rob the shop, but if asked, would not do so if she found it surrounded by police). Rather than interpreting and defining conditional intention as synonymous with all future conduct intention, however, courts and commentators have too often approached it as unique, separate, and problematic. This has led to problems of inconsistency in application, and simple incoherence. This article sets out and defends a model of conditional intention as future conduct intention, and as the key to understanding and applying ulterior mens rea.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Law
Research Centres and Groups: Crime Research Centre
Subjects: K Law
K Law > KD Law of the United Kingdom and Ireland
K Law > KD Law of the United Kingdom and Ireland > KD0051 England and Wales
Depositing User: John Child
Date Deposited: 19 Apr 2017 07:44
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2017 11:35
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/67406

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