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The Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly is a leading peer-reviewed journal that provides an international forum for articles, commentaries and notes in all areas of legal scholarship and across a range of methodologies including doctrinal, theoretical and socio-legal. 

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Vol. 72 No. 2 (2021): Summer

Published: 2021-09-16

Special Issue: Domestic and Comparative Perspectives on Loss of Self-control and Diminished Responsibility as Partial Defences to Murder: A 10-year Review of the Coroners and Justice Act 2009 Reform Framework   Guest Editors: Alan Reed, Nicola Wake and Bethany Simpson        



Alan Reed, Nicola Wake, Bethany Simpson
Abstract 84 | NILQ 72.2.0 Intro Downloads 88

Page 161–170


Partial defences to murder: changed landscape and nomenclature

Rudi Fortson QC
Abstract 124 | NILQ 72.2.1 Fortson Downloads 9

Page 171–199

Loss of control in the appeal courts

G R Sullivan, H S Crombag, J J Child
Abstract 93 | NILQ 72.2.3 Sullivan et al Downloads 7

Page 200–223

The role of loss of self-control in defences to homicide: a critical analysis of Anglo-Australian developments

Heather Douglas, Alan Reed
Abstract 146 | NILQ 72.2.5 Douglas and Reed Downloads 113

Page 271–323

Diminished responsibility determinations in England and Wales and New South Wales: whose role is it anyway?

Thomas Crofts, Nicola Wake
Abstract 79 | NILQ 72.2.6 Crofts and Wake Downloads 44

Page 324–362

Commentaries and Notes

Criminal law pedagogy

Daniel Pascoe
Abstract 71 | NILQ 72.2.10 Pascoe Downloads 5

Page 406–410

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The Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly is a legal research journal published quarterly by the School of Law at Queen's University Belfast.