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Update on Joint Enterprise

Undergraduate Laws Programme Blog

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Professor William Wilson, Module Convenor for Criminal law, comments on the recent retrial in the Jogee case.

Students on the Undergraduate Laws Programme have heard a lot from me this year about the case of Jogee, in which the Supreme Court in January 2016 decided that the law relating to joint enterprise liability was contrary to principle. There has been a considerable reaction from the professions and the academic world about this case, most of it positive. The importance of Jogee is that it abolishes the rule that as a matter of law, in joint enterprise cases, the basis of liability is contemplation rather than intention. For example A, B and C are indicted for the murder of V, who was shot by C in the course of a joint enterprise to commit burglary on V’s house. For A and B to be…

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A final plea to Britain’s ethnic minority voters

Our Woman in Havana

Politicians are entrusted to lead us with vision, whether we agree or not. The Brexit “vision” has no detail, no experts, no answers.

Think about whether you can remember a time in history when senior politicians, a Cabinet minister no less, told people to ignore expert views, throw caution to the wind, based on absolutely nothing but a “feeling” Britain would be fine.

Priti Patel talks about optimism as though wishful thinking can pull countries out of recession. Michael Gove ignores leading experts in every realm, shrugging “Trust me”. And Boris – a man who just recently suggested Obama couldn’t be neutral because of his mixed-race background – jumps from one position to the opposite, whichever way the wind will turn.

Think about whether you can imagine Britain as a United Kingdom post-Brexit, once Scotland and Northern Ireland decide they won’t be tied to a result for which they didn’t…

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