THE CONCEPT OF SELF-DEFENSE IN AMERICAN AND POLISH LEGAL SYSTEMS – A COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS

Katarzyna Ginszt

MA , Poland

Jakub Ginszt

MA, trainee legal advisor , Poland

Abstract

The article is devoted to the issue of self-defense in Polish and American law . Currently, there are attempts to widen the scope of necessary self-protection in Polish legislation and to implement provisions which allow for using greater degree of force by a person attacked at home . The justification of the draft refers to the American law which is more developed in the context of the defense of habitation . Thus, the article provides an analysis of existing legal solutions in American criminal law concerning e .g . the legal definition of self-defense, the use of deadly force, the duty to retreat, the castle doctrine and the provisions which expand this doctrine in comparison with the parallel legal solutions existing in Poland .

Keywords:

self-defense, deadly force, duty to retreat, castle doctrine, defense of habitation

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2017-06-30


Ginszt, K., & Ginszt, J. (2017). THE CONCEPT OF SELF-DEFENSE IN AMERICAN AND POLISH LEGAL SYSTEMS – A COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS. Review of European and Comparative Law, 29(2), 85–104. https://doi.org/10.31743/recl.4269

Katarzyna Ginszt  ka.ginszt@gmail.com
MA
Jakub Ginszt 
MA, trainee legal advisor



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