The De Minimis 'Defence' to Criminal Liability

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This chapter examines a de minimis 'defence' to criminal liability. The aim is to establish that careful thought about de minimis helps to shed light on such central and fundamental topics as criminalization, the rule of law and the parameters of discretion, the relationship between morality and law, the structure of wrongdoing, the contrast between offences and defences, the concepts of justification and excuse, and even the nature of retributive justice itself.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPhilosophical Foundations of Criminal Law
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191725265
ISBN (Print)9780199559152
StatePublished - May 1 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Sciences(all)


  • Criminal law
  • De minimis defence
  • Excuse
  • Justification
  • Morality
  • Offences
  • Redistributive justice
  • Rule of law

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    Husak, D. (2011). The De Minimis 'Defence' to Criminal Liability. In Philosophical Foundations of Criminal Law Oxford University Press.