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Actus Reus ­ Mens Rea

The traditional starting point for the study of criminal law is the constituents of a criminal offence:
actus reus (often referred to as the prohibited conduct, but more accurately described as the
external elements of the offence) and mens rea (often referred to as the…

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no sound intellectual basis and involving a fiction, although the Criminal Law Review disagrees with his
view ([1997].

The Law Commission has made many suggestions on most areas of the substantive criminal law, and
it is helpful to be aware of their views as they highlight the defects and anomalies…


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