Householders, Self-Defence and the Right to Life

Jennifer Collins, Andrew Ashworth

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In what circumstances can a private householder claim that he did not commit a crime, in using violence, because he was warding off a threat from an intruder? It is rare for national courts in England and Wales to consider this controversial question in the light of the state’s obligation to protect the right to life (Article 2 of the European Convention of Human Rights). For this reason, the Divisional Court’s decision in R (Collins) v Secretary of State for Justice [2016] EWHC 33 (Admin) merits attention.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)377-382
Number of pages6
JournalLaw Quarterly Review
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2016


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