Principles of criminal law

Date of this Version

January 2007

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Publication Details

Colvin, Eric & Anand, Sanjeev (2007). Principles of criminal law (3rd Ed.). Toronto: Thomson Carswell .

Eric Colvin also authored the 1st edition of this work, published in 1986, and the 2nd edition, published in 1991.


Principles of Criminal Law explores the general principles underlying the law of criminal culpability in Canada and provides a critical examination of legislation and case-law in light of these general principles. It covers both common law principles and the constitutional principles derived from the Charter of Rights, with specific chapters devoted to: actus reus, mens rea, strict and absolute liability, justifications and excuses; deficient mental capacity; inchoate liability; secondary liability.

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