Criminalizing Sex:
A Unified Liberal Theory

How should a liberal system of criminal law protect individuals in their right not to be subjected to sexual contact against their will, while also safeguarding their right to engage in (private consensual) sexual conduct in which they do wish to participate? Taking on a fascinating collection of real-world moral and legal puzzles, Criminalizing Sex develops a framework for harmonizing these goals across a wide range of sexual offenses — including rape and sexual assault, sexual harassment, voyeurism, indecent exposure, incest, sadomasochistic assault, prostitution, bestiality, and necrophilia. Learn more…

“A masterpiece, by one of the leading criminal law scholars of our generation.”

Professor Michelle Madden Dempsey
Villanova University

“Magisterial. I am sure it will come to be recognized as a work of enormous significance in this area of the law.”

Professor Jonathan Herring
University of Oxford

“Engaging and brilliant.”

Professor Sherry F. Colb
Cornell Law School

“Indispensable. Readers from all over the world will profit from this clear, analytical approach that transcends the boundaries of national law.”

Professor Dr. Tatjana Hörnle
Director, Max Planck In­sti­tute for Foreign and In­ter­na­tion­al Criminal Law
Criminalizing Sex: A Unified Liberal Theory by Stuart P. Green
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Other Books by Stuart Green

Lying, Cheating, and Stealing: A Moral Theory of White-Collar Crime

Lying, Cheating, and Stealing: A Moral Theory of White-Collar Crime

Thirteen Ways to Steal a Bicycle: Theft Law in the Information Age

Thirteen Ways to Steal a Bicycle: Theft Law in the Information Age

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“The Looming Question in Rape Law After Harvey Weinstein”
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Meet Stuart Green

Stuart Green is a Distinguished Professor of Law at Rutgers University. He has also served as a visiting professor or visiting fellow at the Universities of Glasgow, Melbourne, Michigan, Oxford, and Tel Aviv, the Australian National University, and the London School of Economics. In addition to Criminalizing Sex, his books include Thirteen Ways to Steal a Bicycle: Theft Law in the Information Age (2012) and Lying, Cheating, and Stealing: A Moral Theory of White Collar Crime (2006). He is also a frequent commentator on issues in criminal law and ethics in national and international media. Learn more…

Stuart P. Green
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