Ireland Law Reform Commission Report on Defences in Criminal Law
The document deals with legitimate defence (self-defence), defence of the home, use of force in law enforcement, the defence of provocation, and the defences duress and necessity.
It looks at the situation in other countries such as the United Kingdom, the United States, Australia, New Zealand and occasionally Canada.
It makes 46 specific recommendations for reform of the law, and includes a draft Criminal Law (Defences) Bill 2009 to implement these recommendations.
There is a summary of the recommendations on the Commission website.