Enlightenment

The ‘Beccaria moment’: revisiting the origins of the modern penal system with Philippe Audegean

Pierre Musitelli discusses Cesare Beccaria's lasting impact on European criminal law, in celebration of the latest Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment volume, Le moment Beccaria: naissance du droit pénal moderne, 1764-1810, edited by Philippe Audegean and Luigi Delia. Published anonymously in Livorno in July 1764, Cesare Beccaria’s On Crimes and Punishments is at the origin of a remarkable moment in … Continue reading