Principles of Criminal Law offers a sophisticated account of New Zealand criminal law, combining theoretical depth with an authoritative exposition of the substantive areas of law encountered in the study and practice of criminal law. It remains the only book title offering in-depth analysis of the topic in the New Zealand market.

The analysis is complemented by extensive citations of case law and articles. By offering an in-depth exploration of the rules, underlying principles, and policies governing criminal liability, the book is of value to students, academics, and practitioners alike. The chapters are organised by topic, addressing criminal law generally and also the specific offences/defences taught at universities. The practical way in which it is written also appeals to practitioners who need a current, discursive analysis of criminal law principles and developments.

Incorporating major changes to case law and legislation since 2012, the new edition discusses important legislative and case law developments.