The Evolution of Criminal Responsibility

  • Graham Parker


Professor Parker investigates the history of the concept of criminal responsibility with particular reference to homicide. The notion of criminal responsibility is traced through Anglo-Saxon and Germanic law and early English law to recent times. The observations and reports of such commentators as Coke, Hale, Hawkins, Foster and East are treated in an historical-analytical fashion. Because of the historical breadth of the article which encompasses feud and vengeance as well as modern thought on the subject, and because the subject is treated in various socio-political circumstances, valuable perspective on the concept of criminal responsi bility is offered in Professor Parker's presentation.

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