LL4CE      Half Unit
Security and Criminal Law

This information is for the 2013/14 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Peter Ramsay NAB 6.27


This course is available on the MSc in Criminal Justice Policy, Master of Laws and Master of Laws (extended part-time study). This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.

This course is capped at 30 students. Students must apply through Graduate Course Choice on LSEforYou.


Undergraduate study of criminal law (or equivalent).

Course content

Public protection is the core concern of contemporary criminal justice policy. This course will examine the protection of security interests by the criminal law. Seminars cover the concepts of security and of the criminal law; security from both criminal wrong and arbitrary state coercion; security and human rights; the protection and encroachment on security achieved by state punishment, criminal procedure, and substantive criminal law (with the focus on substantive law). This is an advanced course in criminal law theory that offers an innovative reconstruction of the criminal law and attempts to get to grips with contemporary policy pressures on criminal law doctrine.


20 hours of seminars in the MT.

Formative coursework

All students are expected to produce one 2,000 word formative essay during the course.

Indicative reading

A Ashworth (et al), Prevention and the Limits of Criminal Law (OUP, 2013) I Dennis and GR Sullivan (eds), Seeking Security: Pre-empting the Commission of Criminal Harms (Hart, 2012) A Brudner, Punishment and Freedom (OUP, 2009)  L Lazarus and BJ Goold (eds), Security and Human Rights (Hart, 2007) P Ramsay The Insecurity State: Vulnerable Autonomy and the Right to Security In the Criminal Law (OUP, 2012)


Exam (100%, duration: 2 hours) in the main exam period.

Key facts

Department: Law

Total students 2012/13: Unavailable

Average class size 2012/13: Unavailable

Value: Half Unit

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