Considers, in light of recent case law developments, whether there is a good case for assimilating duress, necessity, and self-defence within a unified defence of “necessary action”. Argues, contra a recent article by Chris Clarkson, that this is not desirable on the grounds that the structure and rationale of each defence differs in morally significant manner.
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