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Penal legislation
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1. Introduction

Penal legislation is considered the creation of legal norms that concern crimes, including their investigation and public penalization. In addition to the process of establishing norms, the term also encompasses the product of that process, the respective text of laws or statutes. From an early modern perspective, these are generally comprehensive enactments such as procedural enactments for trying capital crimes (Halsgerichtsordnung) or codifications of criminal law and not ordi…

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Kesper-Biermann, Sylvia, “Penal legislation”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 24 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_028327>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200721

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