Criminal Law 2nd edition is suitable for students of first or second year undergraduate Criminal Law courses. This core text provides coverage of key topic areas as well as extensive analysis and valuation. Modern law courses are increasingly concerned with the effectiveness of criminal law doctrine in delivering criminal justice. This book therefore includes an emphasis on evaluation as well as exposition, helping students to understand the reasons for ambiguity and difference in criminal law doctrine, and to develop the skills necessary for effective analysis. The series editor Ian Dennis is one of the leading criminal law professors in the UK. - New section on the Human Rights Act - New cases taken account of throughout, in particular: Woolin (murder and intention); Smith (provocation); Hinks (theft). - Explains the dynamic nature of the law, the reasoning and rationale behind judicial development of criminal law, and the significance of the codification project. - Chapter summaries and hypothetical cases are provided to help students navigate their way through this growing and increasingly complex field of law.