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Divergent directions in reforming legal responses to lethal violence

journal contribution
posted on 2012-12-01, 00:00 authored by Kate Fitz-Gibbon, J Stubbs
Over the past three decades, debates about legal reforms to lethal violence have been evident across Australia and in other jurisdictions. While these debates have often arisen from shared concerns, the resulting reforms have taken different approaches to reformulating the defences to murder. This article considers the divergent approaches taken to reform and the process of law reform itself, documenting the significance of localised histories and high profile cases. It also questions whether reforms to the defences to murder have responded adequately to the varying contexts within which men and women kill. The analysis reveals the limitations of law reform inquiries that fail to take a comprehensive approach to considering the operation of the laws in this area. The article calls for ongoing critical analysis of homicide within and beyond the law.

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Journal

Australian and New Zealand journal of criminology

Volume

45

Issue

3

Season

Special Issue: Legal Responses to Lethal Violence

Pagination

318 - 336

Publisher

Sage Publications Ltd.

Location

London, England

ISSN

0004-8658

eISSN

1837-9273

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2012, SAGE publishers

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