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Killing in Self-Defence$
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Fiona Leverick

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199283460

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199283460.001.0001

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(p.1) 1 Introduction
Killing in Self-Defence

Fiona Leverick

Oxford University Press

This introductory chapter explains why the law relating to killing in self-defence is an important topic for study. It also distinguishes self-defence from other conceptually similar defences, such as necessity and duress, arguing that the distinguishing feature of a claim of self-defence is that the accused directs defensive force towards someone who poses a direct threat to her life or physical integrity.

Keywords:   definition, necessity, duress, aggressor, passive threat, bystander

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