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Criminal Law: Case Studies and Controversies, Fifth Edition

  • Paul H. Robinson
  • Shima Baradaran Baughman
  • Michael T. Cahill
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Criminal Law: Case Studies and Controversieseschews traditional reliance on judicial opinions in favor of an innovative and dynamic method of criminal law instruction that is centered on statutory interpretation and case studies. Examination of real-world problems allows first-year law students to not only develop familiarity with the criminal law doctrine necessary for potential careers as prosecutors or defense attorneys, but also hone crucial skills for lawyering in general. Provocative case studies provide background for engaging class discussion and challenge students to tackle applying doctrine in real-world situations. When useful, the book provides actual cases from a variety of jurisdictions to further illuminate the concepts with which students have already been forced to grapple.

New to the Fifth Edition:

  • Additional and updated case studies and discussion material informed by the professors’ teaching experiences and designed to reinforce issues at the forefront of modern criminal law
  • Streamlined chapters throughout the whole casebook for a more efficient and concise textbook.

Professors and students will benefit from:

  • Use of an innovative case studies method – Each topic area includes a detailed story about the people and events leading up to the offense
  • Inclusion of photographs related to the crimes so students can better contextualize issues
  • “Core opinions” of central historical, theoretical, or doctrinal importance in each subject-area section
  • Provocative and timely principal cases from a wide variety of jurisdictions, each followed by the statutes that existed in the jurisdiction at the time of the offense
  • Treatise-like summaries of law in each topic area give students an overview of the law, introduce the underlying theoretical principles, and provide context
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About the authors
Paul H. Robinson

Paul Robinson is one of the world’s leading criminal law scholars. A prolific writer and lecturer, Robinson has published articles in virtually all of the top law reviews, lectured in more than 100 cities in 33 states and 26 countries, and had his writings appear in 13 languages. A former federal prosecutor and counsel for the US Senate Subcommittee on Criminal Laws and Procedures, he was the lone dissenter when the US Sentencing Commission promulgated the current federal sentencing guidelines. He is the author or editor of 14 books, including the standard lawyer’s reference on criminal law defenses, three Oxford monographs on criminal law theory, a highly regarded criminal law treatise, and an innovative case studies course book. He is the lead editor of Criminal Law Conversations (Oxford, 2009), a debate involving more than 100 scholars from around the world, and the author of Intuitions of Justice and the Utility of Desert (Oxford 2013); Distributive Principles of Criminal Law (Oxford 2008, also in Spanish and Chinese); and Structure and Function in Criminal Law (Oxford 1997 also in Chinese). Robinson recently completed two criminal code reform projects in the United States and the first modern Islamic penal code under the auspices of the U.N. Development Program. He is currently commissioned to draft criminal codes for Delaware and Somalia. He also writes for general audiences, including popular books such as Would You Convict? (NYU 1999), Law Without Justice (Oxford 2005), Pirates, Prisoners, and Lepers: Lessons from Life Outside the Law (Potomac Books 2015), and the forthcoming The Vigilante Echo.  

Michael Cahill

Cahill, who has served as co-dean and professor at Rutgers Law School since July 2016 is a noted scholar in criminal law and health law and policy. His criminal law scholarship focuses on substantive criminal law and seeks to translate moral theories and principles into workable real-world legal systems, institutions, and rules, and he has been published numerous book chapters and articles in scholarly and legal journals, including emNorthwestern University Law Reviewem, emTexas Law Reviewem, emIowa Law Reviewem, emWashington University Law Reviewem, and emAmerican Journal of Law and Medicineem, among other publications. In addition, Cahill has co-authored several books, including emLaw Without Justice: &Why Criminal Law Doesn’t Give People What They Deserve&em(Oxford University Press, 2006) and emCriminal Lawem (Aspen Treatise Series, 2nd ed., 2012).& Prior to joining Rutgers, Cahill was served on the faculty of Brooklyn Law School, where he was a tenured faculty member and served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Vice Dean, and as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Law at Chicago-Kent College of Law. Before entering academia, Cahill was deeply engaged in legal reform efforts, including work on projects to rewrite the Illinois and Kentucky criminal codes in his roles as as staff director of the Illinois Criminal Code Rewrite and Reform Commission and as a consultant for the Penal Code Reform Project for the Kentucky Criminal Justice Council.

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