This article discusses the implications for comparative legal history of Nicola Lacey’s In Search of Criminal Responsibility. I emphasize the importance of both diachronic comparison and comparison between different legal systems to analyze the changing patterns of responsibility-attribution, focusing on four themes: (1) the rationalization of a general part of criminal law by the late-medieval European doctrine; (2) the growth of regulatory offences and the changing boundaries of criminal law in the nineteenth century; (3) the role of character in sentencing and the creation of security measures under the influence of scientific criminology; (4) the political meaning of capacity-based responsibility and the underlying idea of individual freedom in authoritarian penal system.

Criminal Responsibility and Its Histories: New Perspectives for Comparative Legal History

PIFFERI, Michele
2017

Abstract

This article discusses the implications for comparative legal history of Nicola Lacey’s In Search of Criminal Responsibility. I emphasize the importance of both diachronic comparison and comparison between different legal systems to analyze the changing patterns of responsibility-attribution, focusing on four themes: (1) the rationalization of a general part of criminal law by the late-medieval European doctrine; (2) the growth of regulatory offences and the changing boundaries of criminal law in the nineteenth century; (3) the role of character in sentencing and the creation of security measures under the influence of scientific criminology; (4) the political meaning of capacity-based responsibility and the underlying idea of individual freedom in authoritarian penal system.
Pifferi, Michele
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