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Childhood and Crime

Claire McDiarmid


This book is a treatise on youth justice which examines the treatment, by the criminal law and the criminal justice system, of children who commit serious crimes. It draws on legal, philosophical and Childhood Studies literature to look at the interaction between law and childhood and considers a number of cases, including the murder of James Bulger in 1993 through these lenses, noting the difficulties for legal systems, of accommodating individuals who are, simultaneously, both “child” and “criminal”. The law’s impulse is to protect children and to call to account and punish offenders – aims ... More

Keywords: Criminal law, Childhood Studies, Criminal Capacity, Mens rea, Children, Youth justice, Public interest, Children’s hearings system

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9781845860127
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781845860127.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Claire McDiarmid, author
Senior Lecturer in Law, University of Strathclyde