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Criminal Law: Doctrine, Application, and Practice, Third Edition

  • Jens David Ohlin
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Jens Ohlin’s Criminal Lawis designed to respond to the changing nature of law teaching by offering a shorter, flexible, and more doctrinal approach, with an emphasis on application. Materials are presented, in a visually lively style, via a consistently structured pedagogy within each chapter: Doctrine (treatise-like explanation), Application (cases), and Practice/Policy (questions providing an opportunity for normative critique of the law and exploration of practical and strategic challenges facing criminal lawyers).  Theory is integrated into the doctrine section rather than conveyed through law review excerpts, so as to help students make the necessary connections to doctrinal issues. Aggressively-edited cases help keep the length to a minimum, and modern cases will engage younger students and professors.
New to the Third Edition:

  • New materials on mass incarceration, the “defund the police” movement, and prison abolition
  • Revised chapter on Felony Murder, taking into account recent doctrinal developments, including California’s repeal of the doctrine
  • Revised chapter on Provocation
  • New Problem Case dealing with “Swatting”
  • New chapter on Offenses Against the Administration of Justice, covering obstruction of justice, perjury, bribery, corruption, and contempt of court
Professors and students will benefit from:
  • Structure and content which line up with how professors actually teach the course, as opposed to how the course was taught a generation ago
  • Integrated notes throughout the casebook, directing students to view a series of 20 short video clips that bring the doctrinal controversies to life in a fictional courtroom
  • Shorter-than-average casebook length, helping to make it more manageable for professors with reduced course hours
  • Brief chapters, each focusing on a single doctrine
  • Innovative pedagogy emphasizing application of law to facts (while still retaining enough flexibility so as to be useful for a variety of professors with different teaching styles)
  • Theory interwoven into doctrine materials (rather than rigorous law review excerpts)
  • New, fresh, tightly-edited cases
  • Post-case notes and questions to invite closer examination of doctrine/application and to generate class discussion
  • “Problem Case” boxes (featuring high-profile cases and which include discussion questions)
  • Hypotheticals
  • “Afterward” boxes (following some cases)
  • “Advice” boxes
  • “Practice and Policy” sections in each chapter, urging students to consider how the various actors in the process (prosecutors, defense counsel, judges and juries) make particular decisions and the strategic calculations that informed them, and make this casebook more practice-ready than others
  • Open, two-color design with appealing visual elements (including carefully-selected photographs)
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About the authors
Jens David Ohlin
Cornell University

Jens David Ohlin is Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law at Cornell Law School. At Cornell, he teaches Criminal Law, International Law, International Criminal Law, and the Laws of War. His research focuses on all aspects of criminal law, including domestic, comparative, and international criminal law. His books include Defending Humanity: When Force is Justified and Why (Oxford University Press 2008, with George Fletcher) and The Assault on International Law (Oxford University Press 2012). In the area of criminal law, Professor Ohlin concentrates on the application of traditional criminal law theory by international tribunals, especially with regard to conspiracy, joint criminal enterprise, and co-perpetration, and more generally the philosophical foundations of collective criminal action. His work has been cited by judges and litigants at several criminal tribunals, including the International Criminal Court (ICC), the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), and the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC). He also is a member of an international working group, centered in The Hague, developing a codification of general rules and principles of international criminal procedure. His scholarly work has appeared in the Cornell Law Review, Columbia Law Review, Minnesota Law Review, Harvard International Law Journal, Yale Journal of International Law, Michigan Journal of International Law, Leiden Journal of International Law, Chicago Journal of International Law, American Journal of International Law, Journal of Criminal Law Criminology, Journal of International Criminal Justice, New Criminal Law Review, as well as many peer-reviewed edited volumes published by university presses. Prof. Ohlin received his J.D. and Ph.D. from Columbia University.

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