- Hardcover: 247 pages
- Publisher: Federation Press (28 November 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1862879672
- ISBN-13: 978-1862879676
- Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 1.8 x 24.1 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 599 g
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Commonwealth Criminal Law Hardcover – 28 Nov 2014
About the Author
Troy Anderson was admitted to the New South Wales bar in October 2007, having previously practised as a solicitor, including for two major national law firms, between 1998 and 2007. Although specialising in international transport and trade law, it was while representing a series of foreign fisherman who had been prosecuted for illegally fishing in Australian waters by the Commonwealth that Troy was first exposed to Commonwealth criminal law. The experience prompted him to join the bar, where his areas of practice are commercial law and criminal law, regularly appearing for the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions in summary and indictable prosecutions, as well as for defendants. Troy also acts extensively for clients in the road transport industry.
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An appreciation by Phillip Taylor MBE and Elizabeth Taylor of Richmond Green Chambers
As we now live in a global community linked by the Internet, business has gone global and so has crime and -- as time moves on -- so must the law. The problems of dealing with cross-border and international crime has been the subject of many a research study and a lot of books. This book from Troy Anderson of the New South Wales Bar is particularly important in that, as he explains, it is apparently the first book (published recently that is) to deal comprehensively with Commonwealth criminal law.
This, explains the author, is criminal law as prescribed under the Commonwealth's Crimes Act 1914 and Criminal Code Act 1995 (The Code). These are the two key pieces of legislation creating and dealing with `Commonwealth Criminal Law' to which the book refers. It also deals with the numerous Commonwealth statutes which create offences. Published by the Federation Press, the book covers as Anderson explains, `the general principles of criminal responsibility and many of these offences themselves.'
There are indeed many criminal offences created under Commonwealth legislation; a whole shopping list of them in fact, which is by no means exhaustive. They include, for example, fraud -- including tax -- drugs importation, money laundering, copyright infringement, cybercrime, counter terrorism, human trafficking and slavery, people smuggling, child exploitation, crimes against the environment and bigamy. It is always interesting from a UK point of view, to be reminded that in Australia, failing to vote is also a Commonwealth offence -- i.e. crime -- as is failing to participate in a referendum.
Being a barrister, the author has written this book specifically for fellow practitioners and students too, by presenting in a succinct and accessible manner, the type of information that practitioners need to know in order to advise clients and present matters in court. With its practical approach, the book will obviously be of particular interest to practitioners involved in cross-border and international criminal cases. Note that it also contains tables of cases and statutes -- and an extensive and helpful index.
As investigations into criminal activity (especially corporate crime) are now conducted more often than not, across several countries, or indeed, worldwide, we feel that this book presents valuable insights and much enlightening comment and information for the benefit of international lawyers everywhere who specialize in criminal matters.
The publication date is cited as at November 2014.