How should the criminal law respond to the 'special status' of children?

Keating, H (2018) How should the criminal law respond to the 'special status' of children? In: Child, J J and Duff, R A (eds.) Criminal law reform now: proposals and critique. Hart, England, pp. 165-183. ISBN 9781509916771 (Accepted)

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Abstract

This chapter argues the case for reform to three areas of the substantive criminal law: the age of criminal responsibility, fitness to plead as applied to children, and the creation of a defence of developmental immaturity. It is argued that these are three key areas where the law does not reflect appropriately the special status of children and their immaturity. In doing so, it takes a multi-disciplinary
approach, drawing upon liberal theories of responsibility as well as, for example, findings from neuroscience and child development studies, international conventions and the law in other jurisdictions.

Item Type: Book Section
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Law
Research Centres and Groups: Centre for Innovation and Research in Childhood and Youth
Crime Research Centre
Depositing User: Heather Keating
Date Deposited: 15 Oct 2018 11:08
Last Modified: 18 Oct 2018 14:57
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/79211

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