Codification, Macaulay and the Indian Penal Code: The Legacies and Modern Challenges of Criminal Law Reform

1st Edition

Barry Wright, Wing-Cheong Chan

Routledge
Published October 19, 2016
Reference - 396 Pages
ISBN 9781138255890 - CAT# Y313522
Series: International and Comparative Criminal Justice

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Summary

Enacted in 1860, the Indian Penal Code is the longest serving and one of the most influential criminal codes in the common law world. This book commemorates its one hundred and fiftieth anniversary and honours the law reform legacy of Thomas Macaulay, the principal drafter of the Code. The book comprises chapters which examine the general principles of criminal responsibility from the perspective of Macaulay, and from more recent accounts by lawmakers and reformers. These are framed by chapters that examine the history and conceptual underpinnings of Macaulay's Code, consider the need to revitalize the Indian Penal Code, and review the current challenges of principled criminal law reform and codification. This book is a valuable reference on the Indian Penal Code, and current debates about general principles of criminal law for legal academics, judges, legal practitioners and criminal law reformers. It also promises to have wider scholarly appeal, of interest to legal theorists, historians and policy specialists.

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