Global Issues in Criminal Law provides an introduction to issues arising in international and transnational crimes that give students a broader perspective on a developing area of the law. The book also provides faculty and students with material from domestic and international sources. The first chapter provides an overview of the foundational issues in the prosecution of crimes that cross borders, such as securities fraud and the international sex trade, and that challenge legal institutions to respond to large-scale violence, such as genocide and terrorism. The book builds on a number of subjects treated in the traditional criminal law class, such as mens rea, actus reus, accomplice and conspiratorial liability, and defenses, by analyzing three subjects of current interest: transnational crimes, terrorism, and genocide. Each of these chapters includes a detailed problem that can be used as the foundation for analyzing the cases and primary source material that includes U.S. and foreign statutes and treaties. The book is designed as a supplement to the general criminal law course offered in every law school while also being useful in advanced seminars and international law courses. The problems give the teacher the flexibility to include some or all of the materials provided, and each chapter can be taught easily in two or three sessions as a unit within a regular course. Any of the three substantive chapters can be assigned individually if a professor wants to insert a particular issue into a broader course. For courses and seminars that focus on international and transnational legal issues, the book can be the basis for a more complete study of how the criminal law is being applied today across borders and in international settings. The materials provide an opportunity to introduce students to problems that face both domestic and international communities and provide an opportunity for insight into issues that will face many criminal law practitioners, judges, and scholars.

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Imprint: West Academic Publishing
Series: Global Issues
Publication Date: 02/05/2007

Linda E. Carter, University of Pacific School of Law

Christopher L. Blakesley, UNLV School of Law

Peter J. Henning, Wayne State University Law School

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