Amongst the many valuable contributions that Professor Antony Duff has made to criminal law theory is his account of what it means for a wrong to be public in character. In this chapter, I sketch an alternative way of thinking about criminalization, one which attempts to remain true to the important insights that illuminate Duff’s account, while providing (it is hoped) a more satisfying explanation of cases involving victims who reject the criminal law’s intervention.
Criminal Law | Criminal Procedure | Jurisprudence | Public Law and Legal Theory
Date of this Version
Michelle Dempsey, "Public Wrongs and the ‘Criminal Law’s Business’: When Victims Won’t Share" (August 2011). Villanova University School of Law Working Paper Series. Working Paper 167.