This book will be of value to anyone with an interest in law
and legal history.The text was intended to assist students in understanding
the rules of criminal law which would enable them to form a clear idea of the
practical task confronting the prosecution and defence in the trials of
A classic of both philosophy and jurisprudence, this 1789 work
articulates an important statement of the foundations of utilitarian
philosophy. It also represents a pioneering study of crime and punishment.
Bentham's reasoning remains ever relevant and central to contemporary debates
in moral and political philosophy, economics, and legal theory.