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An Introduction to Irish Criminal Law

Fully revised and updated edition, with a greater focus on standard university criminal law syllabi. All major changes to criminal law up to the end of 2013 are discussed, including:

New Legislation Covered in Detail

  • Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Act 2006
  • Criminal Law (Insanity) Act 2006
  • Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) (Amendment) Act 2007
  • Criminal Law (Insanity) Act 2010
  • Criminal Law (Defence and the Dwelling) Act 2011
  • Criminal Justice (Public Order) Act 2011
  • Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act 2013

New Legislation, individual provisions of which will be covered

  • Criminal Justice Act 2006
  • Criminal Justice Act 2007
  • Criminal Justice (Human Trafficking) Act 2008
  • Criminal Justice (Amendment) Act 2009
  • Criminal Procedure Act 2010
  • Criminal Justice Act 2011
  • Criminal Justice (Female Genital Mutilation) Act 2012
  • Criminal Justice (Withholding of Information on Offences against Children and Vulnerable Adults) Act 2012
  • Criminal Law (Human Trafficking) (Amendment) Act 2013

Law Reform Commission Papers

  • Report on Homicide: Murder and Involuntary Manslaughter (LRC 87-2008)
  • Report on Defences in Criminal Law (LRC 95-2009)
  • Report on Inchoate Offences (LRC 99-2010)
  • Consultation Paper on Sexual Offences and Capacity to Consent (LRC CP 63-2011)

Written For:

  • Law students
  • Legal professional entry exams
  • Social care and social science courses

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Publication Date

August 2015




Paperback, 400 pages

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Part I Preliminary Issues
1. Introductory Matters
2. Overview of Criminal Liability
3. The Actus Reus
4. The Mens Rea
5. Coincidence of Actus Reus and Mens Rea
6. Participation in a Crime

Part II General Defences
7. Lawful Use of Force
8. Insanity
9. Intoxication
10. Duress
11. Necessity
12. Infancy
13. Mistake
14. Entrapment

Part III Inchoate Offences
15. Attempts
16. Conspiracy
17. Incitement

Part IV Offences Against the Person
18. Homicide
19. Non-Fatal Offences Against the Person
20. Sexual Offences
21. Abortion

Part V Offences Against Property
22. Theft
23. Robbery
24. Burglary
25. Handling Stolen Property
26. Theft-related Of


234 x 155 mm


By Conor Hanly

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Conor Hanly, BA, LLB, LLM (NUI), LLM, JSD (Yale), is a lecturer in the School of Law at the National University of Ireland, Galway. His principal areas of interest are criminal law, the criminal jury and legal history.

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