Divergent directions in reforming legal responses to lethal violence

Fitz-Gibbon, Kate and Stubbs, Julie 2012, Divergent directions in reforming legal responses to lethal violence, Australian and New Zealand journal of criminology, vol. 45, no. 3, Special Issue: Legal Responses to Lethal Violence, pp. 318-336, doi: 10.1177/0004865812456853.

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Title Divergent directions in reforming legal responses to lethal violence
Author(s) Fitz-Gibbon, Kate
Stubbs, Julie
Journal name Australian and New Zealand journal of criminology
Volume number 45
Issue number 3
Season Special Issue: Legal Responses to Lethal Violence
Start page 318
End page 336
Total pages 19
Publisher Sage Publications Ltd.
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2012-12
ISSN 0004-8658
Keyword(s) defences to murder
excessive self defence
homicide law reform
self defence
Summary 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.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/0004865812456853
Field of Research 160201 Causes and Prevention of Crime
180110 Criminal Law and Procedure
Socio Economic Objective 940405 Law Reform
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2012, SAGE publishers
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30049881

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