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Criminal Law in Canada: An Introduction to the Theoretical Social and Legal Contexts, Fifth Edition
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Editor-in-Chief: R.P. Saunders and Rebecca Bromwich

This casebook-style text contextualizes the study of criminal law in a Canadian setting.

The book's interdisciplinary approach to the study of criminal law combines commentary by the authors with excerpts from cases, government reports and extensive secondary material, including newspaper reports and articles. The book fills a gap between books that adopt standard black letter approaches to criminal law and those that focus exclusively on the social aspects of criminal law. While critically examining the traditional approach to criminal law found in the Criminal Code and the common law, this text explores the historical, theoretical, sociological and political contexts of the criminal law and its administration. The fifth edition contains analysis of important statutory, case law and related developments that have emerged since the last edition.

New in this Edition

This work has been updated to include new case law and analysis of important developments that have emerged since the previous edition, including:

  • New case law and commentary on the topic of prostitution legislation, including Canada (A.G.) v. Bedford (2013 SCC 72), and Bill C-36
  • The Police Record Checks Reform Act 2015, S.O. 2015 c. 30, Ontario's new regulatory policy governing "carding" by police
  • The Victims Bill of Rights Act, S.C. 2015, c. 13, which provides rights at the federal level for victims of crimes
  • An examination of the issues surrounding the overrepresentation of Aboriginal accuseds in the criminal justice system, including R. v. Ipeelee (2012 SCC 13)
  • Discussion of legislation and case law concerning mandatory minimum sentences, including R. v. Nur (2015 SCC 15), in which the Supreme Court of Canada struck down certain mandatory minimum sentencing as unconstitutional
  • New case excerpts dealing with Criminal Law Liability and Defences have been added
  • Discussion of inequalities along racial and gender lines in terms of the experiences people have in the criminal justice system

Additionally, the discussion questions and Further Readings sections in each chapter have been updated.

About the Author
R.P. Saunders is a professor in the Department of Law and Legal Studies at Carleton University in Ottawa and is an experienced teacher of interdisciplinary approaches to criminal justice and criminal law. Professor Saunders has written widely on criminal justice issues, focusing on criminal law reform processes and institutions, as well as police accountability.
Rebecca Jaremko Bromwich is a lawyer who started her career in private practice doing criminal defence work, and now works in law reform, dealing with equality, justice policy, and regulatory issues. She also has a PhD in legal studies from Carleton University, where she teaches courses in criminal law, justice, and legal theory.
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