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Criminal Law: Tracing Historical Roots and Shaping Modern Justice

Criminal law, an essential component of legal systems worldwide, has evolved over centuries to address offences against society and establish a framework for administering justice. The historical roots of criminal law are deeply embedded in the development of civilisations, reflecting changing societal norms, moral values, and approaches to punishment. This essay delves into the historical evolution of criminal law, exploring its ancient origins, key historical milestones, and its contemporary significance in shaping the legal landscape.  Ancient Societies and Early Forms of Punishment The origins of criminal law can be traced back to ancient civilisations, where communities established codes of conduct and imposed penalties for wrongdoing. In ancient Mesopotamia, the Code of Ur-Nammu (circa 2100-2050 BCE) and the more famous Code of Hammurabi (circa 1754 BCE) provided a set of laws and corresponding punishments for offences. These early legal codes reflected a retributive approach to

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