Harm, offence and offesa in the English and the Italian criminal law : for a constitutionalisation of a unitary principle of harm in the English legal system, also as criterion of judicial interpretation = Harm, offence e offesa nel diritto penale inglese e italiano : per una constituzionalizzazione di un unitario principle of harm nel sistema giuridico inglese, anche come criterio di interpretazione giudiziaria

Pasculli, Lorenzo (2017) Harm, offence and offesa in the English and the Italian criminal law : for a constitutionalisation of a unitary principle of harm in the English legal system, also as criterion of judicial interpretation = Harm, offence e offesa nel diritto penale inglese e italiano : per una constituzionalizzazione di un unitario principle of harm nel sistema giuridico inglese, anche come criterio di interpretazione giudiziaria. Diritto Penale XXI Secolo, 2016(2), pp. 302-349. ISSN (print) 1720-5816

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Abstract

Despite its liberal tradition, the English law is still far from enforcing the harm principle as a fundamental principle of criminal law. On the one hand, the legislator often criminalises harmless behaviours; on the other hand, courts still seek to enforce morality through criminal law. A new perspective comes from the Italian doctrine of the principio di offensività (literally, principle of harmfulness), in its two-fold dimension of criterion of criminalisation and criterion of judicial interpretation-application. Such principle had a considerable impact on Italian law, to the extent that the Constitutional Court recognised it as a constitutionalised principle of criminal law. This article assesses the possibility of exporting the Italian constitutional oriented approach to the English legal framework, in the attempt of finding some legal and constitutional foundations for the harm principle.

Item Type: Article
Research Area: Law
Faculty, School or Research Centre: Faculty of Business and Law
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Depositing User: Lorenzo Pasculli
Date Deposited: 29 Aug 2017 08:23
Last Modified: 05 Sep 2017 14:49
URI: http://eprints.kingston.ac.uk/id/eprint/38734

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