Nathalie Des Rosiers: What is a Crime?

Nathalie Des Rosiers, Law Commission of Canada

In March 2003, the Law Commission of Canada released What is a Crime? Challenges and Alternatives, a discussion paper that explores why certain behaviour is defined as "unwanted" or "criminal"l, as well as the implications of choosing one or more intervention strategies to deal with various behaviour. The document recognizes that the ways in which behaviours are understood and defined will affect whether or not they are deemed to be unwanted, and whether one or more intervention straegies will be used to deal with them. Why is some behaviour considered unwanted? Why do we consider that some behaviour warrnts the label of "crime"? Why do we use criminal law to respond to some types of behaviour and not others? This presentation will examine these and other questions that are raised in What is a Crime? Challenges and Alternatives, as well as more general information about the Commission's What is a Crime?" project.

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Updated 05/20/2006