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Handbook of Violence Risk Assessment
Edition: 1st
Format: Hardback
Author: Edited by Randy K. Otto, and Kevin S. Douglas.
ISBN: 978-0-415-96214-8
Publishers: Routledge
Price: £50
Publication Date: October 2009
 
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This comprehensive Handbook of original chapters serves as a resource for clinicians and researchers alike. Two introductory chapters cover general issues in violence risk assessment, while the remainder of the book offers a comprehensive discussion of specific risk assessment measures.
 
Forensic psychology practitioners, mental health professionals who deal with the criminal justice system, and legal professionals working with violent offenders will find the Handbook of Violence Risk Assessment to be the primary reference for the field.
 

Contents
 
Heilbrun, Yasuhara, Shah, Violence Risk Assessment Tools: Overview and Critical Analysis. DeMatteo, Edens, Hart, The Use of Measures of Psychopathy in Violence Risk Assessment. Part I: Juvenile Risk. Augimeri, Enebrink, Walsh, Jiang, Gender-specific Childhood Risk Assessment Tools: Early Assessment Risk Lists for Boys (EARL-20B) and Girls (EARL-21G). Borum, Lodewijks, Bartel, Forth, Structured Assessment of Violence Risk in Youth (SAVRY). Hoge, Youth Level of Service/Case Management Inventory. Part II: Adult Risk. Rice, Harris, Hilton, The Violence Risk Appraisal Guide and Sex Offender Risk Appraisal Guide for Violence Risk Assessment and the Ontario Domestic Assault Risk Assessment and Domestic Violence Risk Appraisal Guide for Wife Assault Risk Assessment. Wong, Olver, Two Treatment- and Change-oriented Risk Assessment Tools: The Violence Risk Scale and Violence Risk Scale - Sexual Offender Version. Douglas, Reeves, Historical-Clinical-Risk Management-20 (HCR-20) Violence Risk Assessment Scheme: Rationale, Application, and Empirical Overview. Monahan, The Classification of Violence Risk. Andrews, Bonta, Wormith, The Level of Service (LS) Assessment of Adults and Older Adolescents. Kropp, Gibas, The Spousal Assault Risk Assessment Guide (SARA). Anderson, Hanson, Static-99: An Actuarial Tool to Assess Risk of Sexual and Violent Recidivism among Sexual Offenders. Hart, Boer, Structured Professional Judgment Guidelines for Sexual Violence Risk Assessment: The Sexual Violence Risk-20 (SVR-20) and Risk for Sexual Violence Protocol (RSVP).
 

Reviews
 
"This is an important topic that is not covered comprehensively elsewhere. I would buy the book both for myself and for my school's library." - Rebecca Jackson, Director of Forensic Psychology Program, Pacific Graduate School of Psychology, USA
 
"This Handbook is the ultimate 'tool box' for all clinicians, researchers and trainees involved in violence risk assessment. Each instrument's review is authoritative, balanced, and comprehensive, yet concise. It is likely to be this topic's best sourcebook for the next decade." -Thomas Grisso, PhD, Director of the Law-Psychiatry Program at the University of Massachusetts Medical School; author of Evaluating CompetenciesForensic Assessments and Instruments
 
"An eminently useful compendium of information about the major violence risk assessment tools. Just the sort of book that every mental health professional should have readily at hand." -Paul S. Appelbaum, MD, Dollard Professor of Psychiatry, Medicine, and Law, Columbia University
 
"In the Handbook of Violence Risk Assessment, developers of all major measures now available present thorough reviews of the assessment methods they helped create. If you want an accurate, comprehensive, up-to-date explanation of risk assessment instruments and how they work, get this book." -Douglas Mossman, MD, University of Cincinnati College of Law and Medicine
 

The Author
 
Randy K. Otto, PhD, ABPP, is an associate professor in the Department of Mental Health Law & Policy at the University of South Florida in Tampa and an adjunct faculty member at Stetson University College of Law in St. Petersburg. He has served as President of the American Psychology-Law Society and the American Board of Forensic Psychology, and currently chairs the committee revising the Specialty Guidelines for Forensic Psychologists. He is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and, in 2008, he received an award for distinguished career contributions to forensic psychology from the American Academy of Forensic Psychology.
Kevin S. Douglas, Ph.D., LL.B., is on the psychology faculty at Simon Fraser University. He is a co-author of the HCR-20 (along with Christopher Webster, Stephen Hart, and Derek Eaves), one of the most widely used violence risk assessment tools. He is the 2006 recipient of the Saleem Shah Award for Early Career Achievement sponsored by the American Academy of Forensic Psychology and the American Psychology-Law Society.


Children as Victims, Witnesses, and Offenders
Psychological Science and the Law
Edition: 1st
Format:Paperback
Authors: Edited by Bette L. Bottoms, Cynthia J. Najdowski, and Gail S. Goodman
ISBN: 978-1-60623-332-0
Publishers: Guilford Press
Price: $45
Publication Date: August 2009
 
Publisher's Title Information
 

Grounded in the latest clinical and developmental knowledge, this book brings together leading authorities to examine the critical issues that arise when children and adolescents become involved in the justice system. Chapters explore young people's capacities, competencies, and special vulnerabilities as victims, witnesses, and defendants. Key topics include the reliability of children's abuse disclosures, eyewitness testimony, interviews, and confessions; the evolving role of the expert witness; the psychological impact of trauma and of legal involvement; factors that shape jurors' perceptions of children; and what works in rehabilitating juvenile offenders. Policies and practices that are not supported by science are identified, and approaches to improving them are discussed.
 

Contents
 
1. Children as Victims, Witnesses, and Offenders: An Introduction through Legal Cases, Jillian N. Ducker, Jessica M. Salerno, Cynthia J. Najdowski, Bette L. Bottoms, and Gail S. Goodman
I. Children As Victims and Witnesses
2. Abuse Disclosure: What Adults Can Tell, Thomas D. Lyon
3. Trauma and Memory, Andrea Follmer Greenhoot and Sarah L. Bunnell
4. Children's Memory in Forensic Contexts: Suggestibility, False Memory, and Individual Differences, Iris Blandón-Gitlin and Kathy Pezdek
5. Child Sexual Abuse Investigations: Lessons Learned from the McMartin and Other Daycare Cases, James M. Wood, Debbie Nathan, M. Teresa Nezworski, and Elizabeth Uhl
6. Contemporary Child Forensic Interviewing: Evolving Consensus and Innovation Over 25 Years, Karen J. Saywitz and Lorinda B. Camparo
7. Child Victims in Dependency Court, Jodi A. Quas, Alexia Cooper, and Lindsay Wandrey
8. Child Witnesses in Criminal Court, Natalie R. Troxel, Christin M. Ogle, Ingrid M. Cordon, Michael J. Lawler, and Gail S. Goodman
9. Expert Psychological Testimony in Child Sexual Abuse Trials, John E. B. Myers
10. Jurors' Perceptions of Children's Eyewitness Testimony, Jonathan M. Golding, Emily E. Dunlap, and Emily C. Hodell
11. An International Perspective on Child Witnesses, Kay Bussey
12. Child Victim Research Comes of Age: Implications for Social Scientists, Practitioners, and the Law, Bradley D. McAuliff
II. Children As Offenders
13. How Victims Become Offenders, Cathy Spatz Widom and Helen W. Wilson
14. Police Interrogation and False Confessions: The Inherent Risk of Youth, Allison D. Redlich and Saul M. Kassin
15. Challenging Juvenile Transfer: Faulty Assumptions and Misguided Policies, N. Dickon Reppucci, Jaime L. Michel, and Jessica O. Kostelnik
16. Therapeutic Jurisprudence in Juvenile Justice, Patrick H. Tolan and Jennifer Anne Titus
17. Girl Offenders: Special Issues, James Garbarino, Kathryn Levene, Margaret Walsh, and Sacha M. Coupet
18. Understanding Adults' Perceptions of Juvenile Offenders, Margaret C. Stevenson, Cynthia J. Najdowski, Bette L. Bottoms, and Tamara M. Haegerich
19. An International Perspective on Juvenile Justice Issues, John Petrila
20. Different Visions of Juvenile Justice, Christopher Slobogin
 

Reviews
 
"The fields of law and psychology have been moving toward a restructuring of justice for children-as victims and as offenders-that makes use of new, scientifically informed perspectives on child development. This volume is a definitive milestone in the progress of that movement. Above all, it is authoritative. Leading researchers have written succinct reviews of their respective areas of expertise, in a style that will be understandable to practitioners and policymakers. Offering updates on questions that have been asked for decades, the chapters also provide new information on issues addressed nowhere else. This book promises to both inform and organize our thinking about how law can best respond to children who are harmed or who harm others."
Thomas Grisso, PhD, Director, Law and Psychiatry Program, University of Massachusetts Medical School
 
"Few topics in psychology and law have attracted as much attention as the challenging conflicts posed when children encounter the legal system as victims or offenders. This volume is both comprehensive and nuanced, assembling experts in the field to describe what we know and what we have yet to learn."
Shari Seidman Diamond, JD, PhD, Howard J. Trienens Professor of Law and Professor of Psychology, Northwestern University School of Law; Research Professor, American Bar Foundation
 
"Bottoms, Najdowski, and Goodman have called on world-class colleagues to put together this definitive volume. Each state-of-the-science chapter addresses the application of research findings in legal contexts. This book will be indispensable for mental health experts in child maltreatment as well as lawyers involved in child advocacy."
Kathleen Coulborn Faller, PhD, ACSW, Marion Elizabeth Blue Professor of Children and Families and Director, Family Assessment Clinic, School of Social Work, University of Michigan
 
"The editors have assembled an internationally renowned group of experts to craft an authoritative volume that integrates the best behavioral science with important case law decisions. The resulting chapters do not disappoint. Readers will find the essentials they need regarding child victims and offenders, linked closely to key legal decisions and packed with valuable recommendations."
Gerald P. Koocher, PhD, ABPP, Professor and Dean, School of Health Sciences, Simmons College
 
"Although much has been written about child abuse victims and juvenile offenders in the last two decades, these literatures have not previously been presented together in such an authoritative, comprehensive, and accessible way. This book is both a resource for established scholars and a well-written introduction for students in applied developmental, forensic, and clinical psychology, as well as social work and juvenile and family law."
Michael E. Lamb, PhD, Head, Department of Social and Developmental Psychology, University of Cambridge, UK
 

The Editors
 
Bette L. Bottoms, PhD, is Professor of Psychology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has edited four other books and published numerous articles about child abuse, children's eyewitness testimony, and jurors' perceptions of child victims and offenders. A past president of the American Psychological Association's Society for Child and Family Policy and Practice, she is a recipient of the American Psychology-Law Society Early Career Award and eight awards for teaching excellence.
 
Cynthia J. Najdowski, BA, is a doctoral student in social and personality psychology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her research focuses on understanding how childhood sexual abuse and rape victims cope with their experiences. She also studies perceptions of juvenile offenders. She has received several competitive grants and awards in recognition of her work.
 
Gail S. Goodman, PhD, is Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Director of the Center for Public Policy Research at the University of California, Davis. She has received numerous awards and federal grants for research, and her studies have been cited in U.S. Supreme Court decisions. Her psycholegal research focuses on child maltreatment, trauma and memory, forensic interviewing, and juvenile delinquency.


Bullying Prevention and Intervention
Realistic Strategies for Schools
Edition: 1st
Format: Paperback
Authors: Susan M. Swearer, Dorothy L. Espelage, and Scott A. Napolitano
ISBN: 978-1-60623-021-3
Publishers: Guilford Press
Price: £21
Publication Date: February 2009
 
Publisher's Title Information
 

Grounded in research and extensive experience in schools, this engaging book describes practical ways to combat bullying at the school, class, and individual levels. Step-by-step strategies are presented for developing school- and district-wide policies, coordinating team-based prevention efforts, and implementing targeted interventions with students at risk. Special topics include how to involve teachers, parents, and peers in making schools safer; ways to address the root causes of bullying and victimization; the growing problem of online or cyberbullying; and approaches to evaluating intervention effectiveness. In a large-size format with convenient lay-flat binding, the book features helpful reproducibles, concrete examples, and questions for reflection and discussion.
 
This title is part of the Practical Intervention in the Schools Series, edited by Kenneth W. Merrell.
 

Contents
 
1. Bullying Behaviours in Elementary, Middle, and High Schools
2. Social-Ecological Problems Associated with Bullying Behaviours
3. Understanding Bullying as a Social Relationship Problem
4. Developing and Implementing an Effective Anti-Bullying Policy, Susan M. Swearer, Susan P. Limber, and Rebecca Alley
5. Legal Issues for School Personnel, Rebecca Alley and Susan P. Limber
6. Using Your Own Resources to Combat Bullying
7. Practical Strategies to Reduce Bullying
8. The Impact of Technology on Relationships
9. Evaluating Your Efforts
 

Review
 
Obviously it is essential to define bullying before progressing to tackle it. These days it seems that there is more to it to then when I attended school in the 1940s and 50s, albeit I dare say some things haven't changed. The modern concept of bullying via computer or cell phones (cyber bullying) were not possible. One type of bullying is defined as excluding people from their group - 'relational bullying'.
 
This book defines bullyng as 'intent to harm, repetition, and imbalance of power'. I think that bullying, as now defined will always be with us.
 
If you are a UK reader you should be aware that this is an American book and to that end you will need to be aware of such terms as 'Caucasian', 'public school', 'diaper', and 'crib'.
 
Bullying is a unpleasant thing, I suffered some at school, who didn't? I saw much worse as a fifteen-year-old Boy Seaman in the Royal Navy. The Royal Navy had a way with dealing with physical bullies who were caught out: It was called a Boxing Ring. As I recall we sorted most of them out and the big wide world joined our side.
 
There is a lot more to bullying than a punch in the nose and I welcome this book which contains many original solutions as well as academic research.
 
Rob Jerrard

Other Reviews
 
"This thoughtful, thorough staff development resource provides direction for establishing a strong anti-bullying program. The book takes you on a journey through the research and guides you to implement the strategies discussed. The intervention strategies are very adaptable and 'school tested.'"
-Hugh McDermott, MEd, Principal, Irving Middle School, Lincoln, Nebraska
 
"Do we need another book on bullying? You bet we doand this is the book we need. While rooted in science, it is eminently readable, practical, and likely to make you successful in creating classrooms and schools where students respect and care about each other instead of bullying. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to eradicate the scourge of 'mean classrooms' which too often dominates our educational landscape."
-William S. Pollack, PhD, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School; author of Real Boys
 
"Swearer et al., leaders in the area of bullying prevention, have prepared an excellent resource for helping educators and practitioners understand bullying and its remediation. This well-documented book provides an easy-to-read review of the extent of the problem, the policies that schools and communities have used to address it, and ways to develop effective local solutions."
Andy Horne, PhD, Dean and Distinguished Research Professor of Counselling Psychology, University of Georgia
 
"Any school that wants to seriously address bullying and victimization can benefit from the collective wisdom and expertise of these authors. Rather than promoting particular programs, the book distills the issues and processes that need to be considered and provides guidelines for making use of evidence-based best practices. In doing so, it allows school practitioners to develop approaches that fit their unique circumstances, and empowers them to become critical consumers of research. The case examples at the end of each chapter are particularly effective in translating theory into real-world practice. As a text, the book would be particularly well suited to graduate and advanced undergraduate courses in school psychology and counselling, educational administration, and education."
-Shelley Hymel, PhD, Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, and Special Education, University of British Columbia, Canada
 
"Bullying is a complex social phenomenon that is of tremendous concern to school personnel, parents, and students. This 'must-have' guide from well-respected experts empowers professionals with invaluable information and tools. It is unique in providing a decision-making rubric for selecting appropriate anti-bullying strategies for particular settings. Program implementation and evaluation is also addressed. Succinct yet thorough, this book is truly a useful road map."
-JoLynn V. Carney, PhD, LPCC-S, Department of Counselor Education, Counseling Psychology, and Rehabilitation Services, Penn State University
 

The Authors
 
Susan M. Swearer, PhD, is Associate Professor of School Psychology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and Co-director of the Nebraska Internship Consortium in Professional Psychology. Dr. Swearer has conducted research on the connection between mental health and bullying for over a decade.
 
Dorothy L. Espelage, PhD, is Professor of Child Development and Associate Chair of the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She was recently named University Scholar and is a Fellow of Division 17 (Counselling Psychology) of the American Psychological Association. Dr. Espelage has conducted research on bullying for the last 15 years.
 
Scott A. Napolitano, PhD, is a pediatric neuropsychologist and psychologist in private practice in Lincoln, Nebraska. Dr. Napolitano routinely works with parents and school personnel to help students involved in bullying behaviours.


Psychological Science in the Courtroom
Consensus and Controversy
Edition: 1st
Format: Hardback
Author: Edited by Jennifer L. Skeem, Kevin S. Douglas, and Scott O. Lilienfeld
ISBN: 978-1-60623-251-4
Publishers: The Guilford Press (Routledge)
Price: £34
Publication Date: 2009
 

Publisher's Title Information
This rigorous yet reader-friendly book reviews the state of the science on a broad range of psychological issues commonly encountered in the forensic context. The goal is to help professionals and students differentiate between supported and unsupported psychological techniques, and steer clear of those that may be misleading or legally inadmissible. Leading contributors focus on controversial issues surrounding recovered memories, projective techniques, lie detection, child witnesses, offender rehabilitation, psychopathy, violence risk assessment, and more. With a focus on real-world legal situations, the book offers guidelines for presenting scientific evidence accurately and effectively in courtroom testimony and written reports.
 

Contents
 
I. Psychological Science and Its Application in Courts of Law
1. Standards of Legal Admissibility and Their Implications for Psychological Sciences, David L. Faigman and John Monahan
2. Daubert and Psychological Science in Court: Judging Validity from the Bench, Bar, and Jury Box, Bradley D. McAuliff and Jennifer L. Groscup
II. Memory and Suggestibility
3. The Scientific Status of "Repressed" and "Recovered" Memories of Sexual Abuse, Deborah Davis and Elizabeth F. Loftus
4. Forensic Hypnosis: The State of the Science, Steven Jay Lynn, Elza Boycheva, Amanda Deming, Scott O. Lilienfeld, and Michael N. Hallquist
5. Expert Testimony Regarding Eyewitness Identification, Brian L. Cutler and Gary L. Wells
6. Techniques and Controversies in the Interrogation of Suspects: The Artful Practice versus the Scientific Study, Allison D. Redlich and Christian A. Meissner
7. Reliability of Child Witnesses' Reports, Maggie Bruck and Stephen J. Ceci
III. Specific Tests and Techniques
8. The Psychopathy Checklist in the Courtroom: Consensus and Controversies, John F. Edens, Jennifer L. Skeem, and Patrick J. Kennealy
9. Projective Techniques in the Courtroom, James M. Wood, M. Teresa Nezworski, Scott O. Lilienfeld, and Howard N. Garb
10. Psychophysiological Detection of Deception and Guilty Knowledge, William G. Iacono
IV. Forensic Evaluation of Psycholegal Issues
11. Criminal Profiling: Facts, Fictions, and Courtroom Admissibility, Richard N. Kocsis
12. The Science and Pseudoscience of Assessing Psychological Injuries, William J. Koch, Rami Nader, and Michelle Haring
13. Controversies in Child Custody Evaluation, William T. O'Donohue, Kendra Beitz, and Lauren Tolle
14. Controversies in Evaluating Competency to Stand Trial, Norman G. Poythress and Patricia A. Zapf
V. Courtroom Sentencing: Risk and Rehabilitation
15. Violence Risk Assessment: Core Controversies, Kirk Heilbrun, Kevin S. Douglas, and Kento Yasuhara
16. Appropriate Treatment Works, But How?: Rehabilitating General, Psychopathic, and High-Risk Offenders, Jennifer L. Skeem, Devon L. L. Polaschek, and Sarah Manchak
VI. Concluding Thoughts and Future Directions
17. Finding Common Ground between Scientific Psychology and the Law, John P. Petrila
 

The Authors
 
Jennifer L. Skeem, PhD, is Associate Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior at the University of California, Irvine, where she is also a member of the MacArthur Research Network on Mandated Community Treatment, the Center for Psychology and Law, and the Center for Evidence-Based Corrections. Dr. Skeem conducts research on such topics as psychopathic personality disorder, violence risks, and psychiatric treatment outcomes of offenders. She is a recipient of the Saleem Shah Award for Early Career Excellence in Psychology and Law, awarded jointly by the American Psychology-Law Society (Division 41 of the American Psychological Association) and the American Academy of Forensic Psychology.
 
Kevin S. Douglas, LLB, PhD, is Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Law and Forensic Psychology Program in the Department of Psychology, Simon Fraser University, Canada. He conducts research on forensic assessment and violence, with a specific focus on violence risk assessment. Dr. Douglas is a Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Career Scholar and a recipient of the Saleem Shah Award for Early Career Excellence in Psychology and Law.
 
Scott O. Lilienfeld, PhD, is Professor of Psychology at Emory University. His research focuses on the causes of personality disorders, particularly psychopathic personality; psychiatric classification and diagnosis; and evidence-based practice in clinical psychology. Dr. Lilienfeld is a fellow of the American Psychological Society and a recipient of the David Shakow Early Career Award from Division 12 (Clinical Psychology) of the American Psychological Association. He is editor of the Scientific Review of Mental Health Practice.
 
Endorsements

 
"By focusing on controversies, this book goes right to the heart of the disputes over the reasoning and theories used by forensic experts. As a forensic mental health expert, you'd better know the possible lines of attack on your opinions. The book's breadth ensures it will be helpful in preparing for almost any case, and its sophistication will clarify your thinking, whether you've worked on one case or one thousand."
 
-Peter Ash, MD, Director, Psychiatry and Law Service, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Emory University
 
 
"Outstanding. Skeem et al. present essential information in areas ranging from eyewitness testimony and memory bias to interviewing, interrogation, criminal profiling, and polygraphy. The contributors are top experts in the field whose chapters are comprehensive and scholarly, but also accessible and engaging to read. Discussions of key controversies, myths, and misconceptions-alongside coverage of established facts and knowledge gaps-bring an intriguing spice to the mix. Forensic psychologists will find this volume indispensable. Its content and accessibility also make it a superb choice as a text for courses in law and psychology."
 
-Christopher J. Patrick, PhD, Hathaway Distinguished Professor and Director of Clinical Training, Department of Psychology, University of Minnesota
 
 
"A valuable addition to the law and mental health literature. This volume provides a concise and balanced review of contemporary issues in forensic psychology. The editors and the impressive contributing authors have succeeded in creating a repository and critical analysis of the research to inform readers about the state of the science. What sets this book apart-and makes it particularly valuable for students, practicing mental health professionals, and attorneys who deal with psychological evidence in the legal environment-is its engaging and consistent style, the depth and breadth of the subjects, and its analytic rigor. Social workers who testify in child welfare and probate matters, appear as experts in court, conduct custody evaluations, and work in legal settings will gain important knowledge to prepare them for these roles."
 
-Robert G. Madden, LCSW, JD, Department of Social Work, Saint Joseph College, West Hartford, Connecticut, and University of Connecticut School of Law
 
 
"Unusually cohesive for an edited volume, this book brings the latest scientific research in forensic psychology to bear on some of the major controversies currently confronting the justice system. The authors describe myths and misconceptions about behavior in forensic contexts, detail the research that debunks those myths, and identify gaps in our existing knowledge. Providing a well-written and concise overview of many important research areas in both clinical and experimental forensic psychology, the book would be an excellent text for an upper-level undergraduate seminar or capstone course in forensic psychology, or for a graduate proseminar. It is also a valuable resource for practitioners and scholars who seek to understand what psychological science has to contribute to ongoing debates at the intersection of psychology and law."
 
-Margaret Bull Kovera, PhD, Department of Psychology, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York

Review
 
Skeem, Douglas and Lilienfeld deserve much praise for producing a well edited and clearly presented volume covering a wide range of topics concerning the use of psychological science within the legal system. The courtroom of the title and the legal system surrounding it are very much American, but despite this there is much here that will be of interest and of use to those practicing within other legal systems. The editors are to be further congratulated for assembling an outstanding collection of authors, many of them world renowned within their fields.
 
The volume is organised into sections each containing a number of papers written around a particular theme. The majority of the papers are arranged in a similar way, with an opening exposition of the science surrounding the topic under discussion, followed by a discussion of any gaps in current scientific knowledge. This is followed by a section dealing with common myths and misconceptions surrounding the topic, before finishing with a concluding section drawing all the arguments together into a cohesive whole. The uniformity of formats within chapters provides for a similarly in-depth exploration of each topic and is in my view one of the books chief strengths.
 
It is not within the scope of this short review to provide a detailed account of each of the papers within the six sections of this book. Rather this reviewer will attempt to provide a flavour of each.
 
Section 1. Psychological Science and its Application in Courts of Law: This section deals with the issue of the admissibility of 'expert' psychological evidence in the courtroom. This chapter is closely focused on the American legal system but this does not prevent it being of interest to others.
 
Section 2. Memory and Suggestibility: This is the longest section in the book and contains five papers covering a wide range of topics, including a superbly written paper dealing with the debate surrounding 'Repressed and Recovered Memories of Sexual Abuse' by Davis and Loftus. I particularly enjoyed this paper in which its world famous authors, whilst not afraid to make clear their own positions, present a clear and balanced view of the evidence. Also included in this section is a paper by Cutler and Wells which returns to the theme of expert evidence given by psychologists in court, but this time focussed on the factors affecting the reliability of eyewitness identification testimony. This chapter will be of interest to any professional involved in this important area within the investigation of crime.
 
Section 3. Specific Tests and Techniques: This section contains three papers each dealing with a different aspect of psychological testing within the courtroom setting. Topics ranging from the use of the Psychological Checklist (PCL), the Rorschach Inkblot test and the Polygraph testing of suspects are all well covered in a thoroughly well written section.
 
Section 4. Forensic Evaluation of Psycholegal Issues: This section contains four papers, each dealing with a different topic, Criminal Profiling, Assessment of Psychological Injuries, Issues surrounding Child Custody and finishing with a detailed and well constructed discussion of the many controversies surrounding the evaluation of a defendant to stand trial.
 
Section 5. Court Sentencing: Risk and Rehabilitation: This section contains only two papers, the first devoted to the issues around the assessment of whether a person is likely to commit future violent acts. This is an area of psychology that has received much attention within the past twenty or so years and this paper does a good job of drawing together the many strands of the various arguments. The second paper attempts to examine the rehabilitation of offenders, particularly psychopathic or high-risk offenders, and draws particular attention to the lack of clear scientific evidence available.
 
Section 6. Concluding Thoughts and Future Directions: This final section contains only one paper and serves to draw together the strands of the common theme running right through this entire book, that of the place psychology can play in the courtroom. Its writer looks at the present state of play and makes a number of thoughtful suggestions and predictions as to where the union of psychology and law might beneficially be going in the future.
 
Conclusions: I enjoyed this book. Its range is deliberately broad and its use of world experts, coupled with the excellent layout of its individual papers, make it a worthwhile read for all those interested in the psycholegal field, whether they be practitioners or students.
 
David Emmett


Principles and Practice of Trial Consultation
Edition: 1st
Format: Hardback
Stanley L Brodsky
ISBN: 978-1-60623-173-9
Publishers: The Guilford Press (Taylor & Francis Group)
Price: £24
Publication Date: May 2009
 
Publisher's Title Information
 

A pragmatic guide to a growing area of professional practice, this book describes the multiple roles of the trial consultant and provides tools for carrying them out competently and ethically. Leading authority Stanley Brodsky uses examples from actual trials and depositions to illustrate how knowledge and skills from psychology and related fields are applied in the legal context. He shows how to use scientific methods and findings to assist with jury selection, help attorneys focus their arguments, prepare witnesses for the rigors of cross-examination, and conduct change of venue evaluations. The examples are drawn from a wide range of civil and criminal cases. In addition to behavioural scientists, legal professionals also will find important insights and strategies in this book.
 

Contents
 
I. Essential Issues in Trial Consultation
1. Introduction to Trial Consultation
2. The Case Conceptualization
3. Toolbox for Trial Consultants
II. Preparation of Witnesses and Attorneys
4. Witness Preparation for Testifying in Court
5. Preparation and Examination of Expert Witnesses
6. Witness Preparation: Findings from the Lab
III. Jury Selection Principles and Case Studies
7. Jury Selection: Basic Approaches
8. Jury Selection: Internet Sex Offenders and Juror Sexual Values
9. No Questions but Deselection Questions
10. Jury Selection: Reversals
IV. Changes of Venue
11. Change of Venue Consultations
12. Surveys of Pre-trial Bias: A Case Report
V. Putting It Together
13. Trial Consultation in a Capital Murder Case: Integrating the Components of Trial Consultation
14. Trial Consultation in Eminent Domain Cases
15. Where Next for Trial Consulting?: Emerging Trends and Limitations
 

Endorsements
 
Stanley L. Brodsky, PhD, is Professor of Psychology at The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, where he coordinates the Psychology-Law PhD concentration. He is the author of over 200 articles and chapters and 12 books, including Testifying in Court, a bestseller; The Expert Expert Witness; and Coping with Cross-Examination. Dr. Brodsky received the 2006 Distinguished Contributions to Psychology and Law Award from the American Psychology-Law Society, an award given on only seven other occasions. Previous recipients include former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno and Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun. He is also a recipient of the Distinguished Contributions to Forensic Psychology Award from the American Academy of Forensic Psychology. Dr. Brodsky maintains an independent practice in trial consultation and forensic psychology.
 
"One of the few books to present an overview of important techniques available to trial consultants from both a practical and research perspective. Brodsky does what he does best, combining research knowledge, practical experience, and personal insights in a concise, focused style. The combination of case examples and detailed descriptions of techniques and practices makes this book a user-friendly and valuable read."
 
-Nancy L. Ryba, PhD, Department of Psychology, California State University, Fullerton
 
"Brodsky has done it again. Nobody writes with more simple elegance and clarity about complicated and sophisticated issues in psychology and law. As the art and science of trial consultation matures, this book marks a true developmental milestone."
 
-Joel A. Dvoskin, PhD, past president, American Psychology-Law Society; Department of Psychiatry, University of Arizona
 
"The most thoughtful and insightful book about trial consultation that I have ever read. This book is both approachable and scholarly, anecdotal and analytical. It gives the reader new understandings of the full range of substantive issues about which a trial consultant must develop expertise, and does so with humor, humility, and passion. For those interested in this important topic, this is 'must' reading."
 
-Michael L. Perlin, JD, Director, International Mental Disability Law Reform Project and Online Mental Disability Law Program, New York Law School


English Law 3/e
Edition: 3rd
Format: Paperback
Authors: Gary Slapper, & David Kelly
ISBN: 978-0-415-49951-4
Publishers: Routledge-Cavendish
Price: £25.99
Publication Date: 29th June 2009
 
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Whether you are engaged in the study of law, are considering studying law at university, are a business professional or want to find out more about the law in general, Slapper and Kelly's English Law offers a clear, lively and reliable point of entry to the law in England and Wales.
Presented in an easy-to-read style, it provides readers with an accurate explanation of how the English legal system currently works and the content of English law in all its key areas of operation, including criminal law, contract law and the law of negligence.
 
An invaluable introduction, English Law is an excellent resource for students of the English legal system and English law, as well as for professionals and general readers.
 

Contents
 
Introduction to Law.
Sources of Law.
Civil and Criminal Court structures.
The Judiciary.
The Criminal Law.
The Law of Contract.
The Law of Negligence.
The Civil Process.
The Criminal Process.
Legal Services
 

The Authors
 
Gary Slapper, LLB, LLM, PhD, PGCE (Law), is Professor of Law, and Director of the Centre for Law, at The Open University, and writes a legal column for The Times.
 
David Kelly, BA, BA (Law), PhD, is Principal Lecturer in Law, and Director of the Centre for Critical Legal Studies, at Staffordshire University.


Equity and Trusts
Edition: 6th
Format: Paperback
Author: Alastair Hudson
ISBN: 978-0-415-49771-8
Publishers: Routledge-Cavendish
Price: £32.99
Publication Date: 10th July 2009
 
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Alastair Hudson's Equity and Trusts is an ideal textbook for undergraduate courses on the law of trusts and equitable remedies. It provides a clear, current and comprehensive account of the subject through which the author's enthusiasm and expertise shine through, helping to bring to life an area of the law which students often find challenging.
 
Beginning with the core principles, Professor Hudson reinforces the key points by means of clear examples throughout each chapter, helping students to build and develop their own knowledge of equity and trusts. A set of lively, discursive essays reflecting on the law then begin to outline the broader political, social and economic context of the subject and encourage the reader to begin to engage with their own critical analysis.
 
The sixth edition is supported by a companion website which includes:
Over 50 short podcast lectures by the author discussing and clarifying key topics from within the book, which cover an entire course www.routledge.com/textbooks/9780415497718
 
A set of brief video documentaries filmed on location which provide context and bring to life selected key topics
A brief introductory video presentation from the author introducing the viewer to the subject of Equity and Trusts and to the book in particular
 

Review of a previous edition:
 
"One of the book's great strengths is its clear exposition of some very difficult areas of the law, moving seamlessly from points that puzzle students to points that puzzle practitioners. Other strengths are the breadth of its approach, the fact that it is extremely up to date, the freshness and vividness of its approach and its willingness to place equity in a wider context … The student will enjoy a clear, lively and challenging account of the subject matter. The practitioner will find the book well worth consulting for its clear exposition of the basic principles and of their application in difficult areas." - New Law Journal, 30 January 2004.
 

Contents
 
Principles of Equity.
Express Trusts.
Administration of Trusts.
Trusts Implied by Law.
Equity,
Trusts and the Home.
Breach of Trust and Equitable Claims.
Commercial Uses of Trusts.
Welfare Uses of Trusts.
Equitable Remedies.
Equity,
Trusts and Social Theory
 

The Author
 
Alastair Hudson is Professor of Equity and Law at Queen Mary, University of London, and of Lincoln's Inn, Barrister. He is a National Teaching Fellow, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and was UK Law Teacher of the Year in 2008 during the writing of this edition.


Constitutional & Administrative Law
Edition: 7th
Format: Paperback
Author: Hilaire Barnett
ISBN: 978-0-415-45829-0
Publishers: Routledge-Cavendish
Price: £32.99
Publication Date: 2009
 
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This new edition of Barnett's Constitutional and Administrative Law is published against the background of continuing constitutional reform and change. Current reform plans include limiting the powers of the executive and making the executive more accountable. The power to exercise a number of important royal prerogative powers is to be transferred from the executive to Parliament. The office of Attorney General is to be reformed to create a clearer separation of powers. House of Lords reform remains on the agenda and a review of elections and voting systems is under way. The government also envisages a national debate on the constitution and citizen's rights and responsibilities - a debate which ultimately might lead to a written constitution.
 
This seventh edition has been fully revised in order to take into account these issues and remain an up-to-date and reliable resource for students of public law. Written in a clear and understandable style, this new edition is comprehensive and authoritative as well as comprehensible, providing a thorough exposition of the major features of the United Kingdom's constitution and recent developments and proposals for reform.
 
Mapped to the common course outline and consciously designed to meet the needs of students undertaking the constitutional and administrative law course, whether full or part time, undergraduate or postgraduate, this book offers full coverage of the syllabus drawn from a wide range of sources. It is now in a larger format and a contemporary new text design opens out the page and improves the layout. New pedagogical features include:
 
Very brief introductory chapter overviews to outline the topics and concepts covered
Short chapter summaries to distil and reflect upon the main points raised
Diagrams, schematics and flowcharts to illustrate concepts and facilitate the understanding of concepts and interrelationships
Further reading at the end of each chapter to encourage wider research.
Improved online support features lecturer teaching resources with downloadable VLE content, podcasts, reference material and bonus related content, revision support and testing.
Barnett's Constitutional and Administrative Law is now firmly established as one of the leading undergraduate textbooks on public law - a must-read for any serious student of the law!
 

Previous Reviews
 
Praise for the 6th edition -
 
'The sixth edition of Barnett's textbook is up-to-date and has a very clear structure and presentation which makes it accessible for quick reference as well as general reading. The book contains a good amount of references to case law with case summaries in context and useful tables and appendices' - Sylvie Bacquet, University of Westminster, London, UK
 
'Barnett is based on high academic standards while being easy to read and to understand... it is the perfect introductory text - Alexander Fischer, SOAS, London, UK
 
'The sixth edition is clear, detailed and thorough... I believe students really enjoy this textbook and I strongly recommend it' - Javier Oliva, University of Wales, Bangor, UK
 

Contents
 
Part 1:
General Introduction
Introduction: The United Kingdom and its Constitution
Sources of the Constitution
Part 2:
Fundamental Constitutional Concepts
The Rule of Law
The Separation of Powers
The Royal Prerogative
Parliamentary Sovereignty
Part 3:
The European Community and Union
Structures and Institutions
European Community Law and National Law
Part 4:
Central, Regional and Local Government
Central Government
Responsible Government
Devolution and Local Government
Part 5:
Parliament
The Electoral System
Introduction to the House of Commons
The Legislative Process
Scrutiny of the Executive
The House of Lords
Parliamentary Privilege
Part 6:
The Individual and the State
The Protection of Human Rights
Freedom from Discrimination
Freedom of Expression and Privacy
Freedom of Association and Assembly
The Police and Police Powers
Citizenship, Immigration and Asylum
State Security
Part 7:
Introduction to Administrative Law
Judicial Review: Introduction, Jurisdiction and Procedure
The Grounds for Judicial Review
Commissioners for Administration: Ombudsmen

Author
Hilaire Barnett, BA, LLM, previously at Queen Mary College, University of London.


Legal Method - Skills and Reasoning
Edition: 3rd
Format: Paperback
Author: Sharon Hanson
ISBN: 978-0-415-45851-1
Publishers: Routledge-Cavendish
Price: £25.99
Publication Date: 28th July 2009
 
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Language skills, study skills, argument skills and legal knowledge are vital to every law student, professional lawyer and academic. Legal Method, Skills and Reasoning suggests a range of 'how-to' techniques for perfecting these academic and practical skills. It explains how to work with legal texts; how to read and write about the law; how to acquire effective disciplined study techniques; and how to construct legal arguments.
 
Packed full of practical examples and diagrams across the range of legal skills from language and research skills to mooting and negotiation, this new edition will be invaluable to law students seeking to acquire a deeper understanding of how to apply each discreet legal skill effectively.
 
This restructured third edition is now additionally supported by a companion website offering a wealth of additional resources for individual and group work for both students and lecturers.
For students, the companion website offers:
 
Workbooks for each Part, containing guided practical and reflective tasks;
A series of 'how-to' exercises, which help to provide real-life legal skills examples and practice;
Guidance on answering legal problem and essay-style questions;
Self-test quizzes to consolidate learning for each individual legal skill.
For lecturers, the companion website hosts:
A set of PowerPoint slides of the diagrams in the text;
Specimen seminar plans, with supplementary notes to provide support and inspiration for teaching legal skills;
 
 

Contents
 
Part One:
Preparing for the Journey;
Preparing for the journey - study skills;
Signposts and Landmarks;
The Contexts of Law;
Part Two:
Mapping the Territory;
Reading and Understanding Legislation;
Reading and Understanding Law Reports;
Reading Texts about Law;
Part Three:
Arguing the Law:
The Construction of Argument;
The Anatomy of Argument;
Legal Reasoning;
Part Four:
Putting it all together;
Writing the Law;
Speaking the Law;
Exam Strategies


Criminal Procedure & Sentencing
Edition: 7th
Format: Paperback
Author: Peter Hungerford-Welch
ISBN: 978-0-415-44292-3
Publishers: Routledge-Cavendish
Price: £37.99
Publication Date: 11th August 2008
 

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Criminal Procedure and Sentencing provides a comprehensive, analytical and up-to-date guide to each step of the criminal process, from the arrest of the suspect through to trial, sentencing and appeals. Full account is taken of both statutory and case law developments and the book is supported by a Companion Website, which provides regular updates on developments in this fast-moving area.
 
Key aspects of criminal procedure and sentencing are analyzed in the light of sources such as Government consultation papers and academic commentary.
 

This seventh edition:
 
Has been completely re-written and includes new flowcharts and glossaries
Highlights areas of particular controversy or debate
 
Is supported by a Companion Website which will be updated at regular intervals.
 
This book provides an excellent introduction to criminal procedure and sentencing for anyone studying the criminal process as part of an LLB or LLM degree, for students on the Bar Vocational Course or Legal Practice Course, and anyone who is involved in the operation of the criminal justice system or who is interested in how the system works.
 
 

Contents
 
Theoretical Perspectives in Criminal Litigation: Tools for Critical Analysis
Preliminaries
Bail
Classification and Allocation of Offences/Mode of Trial
Summary Trial
Juvenile Defendants: The Youth Court - Trial of Young Defendants in Adult Courts
Appeals from Magistrates' Courts and Youth Courts
Disclosure: The Criminal Procedure and Investigations Act 1996
Transferring Cases to the Crown Court for Trial
Indictments
Trial on Indictment: Preliminaries
Trial on Indictment: the Course of the Trial
Appeals from the Crown Court
Public Funding for Criminal Litigation
Costs
Sentencing: Procedure and Principles
Adult Offenders: Custodial Sentences
Adult Offenders: Community Orders
Fines, Discharges: Binding Over to Keep the Peace
Young Offenders: Custodial Sentences
Young Offenders: Non-custodial Sentences
Ancillary Orders


International Criminal Law
Edition: 3rd
Format: Paperback
Authors: Ilias Bantekas, Susan Nash
ISBN: 978-0-415-41845-4
Publishers: Routledge-Cavendish
Price: £34.99
Publication Date: 28th June 2007
 
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Providing an introduction to, and detailed examination of substantive, enforcement and procedural aspects of international criminal law, this book's examination of international and transnational crimes under treaty and customary law has been fully updated and revised.
Exploring the enforcement of international criminal law through an investigation of the practice of the Security Council-based tribunals for Yugoslavia and Rwanda, the International Criminal Court and other hybrid tribunals, such as those for Cambodia, Sierra Leone, Lockerbie and truth commissions, the authors look at terrorism, offences against the person, piracy and jurisdiction, and immunities amongst a variety of other topics.
 

New to this edition are four additional chapters on:
 
Various forms of liability and participation in international crime
War crimes
Crimes against humanity
Genocide and illegal rendition.
 
This is an ideal text for undergraduate and postgraduate students of law or international relations, practitioners and those interested in gaining an insight into international criminal law
 

Contents
 
1.Theory of International Criminal Law
2. Principles of Liability and Participation in International Criminal Law
3. Defences in International Criminal Law
4. State Jurisdiction and Immunities
5. War Crimes and Grave Breaches
6: Crimes Against Humanity
7. Genocide
8. Offences Against the Person
9. International Criminal Law of the Sea
10. Terrorism
11. Transnational Offences 1
12. Transnational Offences 2
13. Extradition
14. Abduction
15. Mutual Legal Assistance
16. Mutual Legal Assistance: National Perspectives
17. International Police Cooperation
18: International Criminal Procedure
19. Nuremberg, Tokyo and the Birth of Modern International Criminal Law
 

The Authors
 
Susan Nash is Professor of Law at the University of Westminster and Head of Department of Postgraduate Legal Studies. She is a barrister and a door tenant at Tooks Chambers. Her research interests include criminal procedure and evidence, human rights and mutual legal assistance. She is the co-author of several books including The Cartel Offence (Hart, 2004) and Essential Human Rights Cases (Jordans, 2002).
 
Ilias Bantekas is Professor of International Law and Head of Law at Brunel University. He has published widely in leading international journals. Books authored or edited by him include: International and European Financial Criminal Law (Butterworths, 2006); Principles of Direct and Superior Responsibility in International Humanitarian Law (Manchester UP, 2002).


Criminal Evidence in Context
Edition: 2nd
Format: Paperback
Authors: Jonathan Doak, Claire McGourlay
ISBN: 978-0-415-45849-8
Publishers: Routledge-Cavendish
Price: £27.50
Publication Date: 8th August 2008
 
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Criminal Evidence in Context explains the key concepts of evidence law in England and Wales clearly and concisely, set against the backdrop of the broader political and theoretical contexts. It informs students of the major debates within the field, providing an explanation as to how and why the law has developed as it has.
 
Previously published by Law Matters Publishing, this second edition has been thoroughly revised and updated to take into account recent developments in the law and the considerable amount of case law that has emerged since publication of the previous edition. It includes new chapters on the privilege of non-incrimination; improperly obtained evidence; and expert evidence.
 
Each chapter contains a range of pedagogical tools including key points, self-test questions and advice on further reading. Diagrams, flowcharts and bullet points make this text easy to follow and clarify complex and important topics.
 

Contents
 
Introduction to Criminal Evidence
The Principle of Orality
The Burden of Proof.
The Privilege Against Self-incrimination
Examination and Cross-examination.
Evidence of Character
Hearsay Evidence
Confessions
Improperly Obtained Evidence
Opinion Evidence


Practical Guide to Evidence
Edition: 4th
Format: Paperback
Author: Christopher Allen
ISBN: 978-0-415-45719-4
Publishers: Routledge-Cavendish
Price: £25.95
Publication Date: 28th May 2008
 
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A Practical Guide to Evidence provides a clear and readable account of the law of evidence, acknowledging the importance of arguments about facts and principles as well as rules.
The fourth edition has been revised and updated to address the radical changes brought about by the Criminal Justice Act 2003, particularly in relation to hearsay, character evidence and opinion evidence and to expand coverage of the Human Rights Act 1998.
 
Particular attention is given to changes made by the revised Codes of Practice, and to the growing body of case law on topics such as reverse burden of proof, the cross-examination of rape victims, evidence obtained by entrapment, and silence in the face of police questioning.
Now including enhanced pedagogical support such as chapter summaries, further reading advice and boxed examples, this leading textbook can be used on both undergraduate and professional courses.
 
It is also supported by a Companion Website offering twice annual updates to the cases and legislation discussed within the text. http://www.routledgecavendish.com/textbooks/9780415457194
 

Contents
 
Development and Current Objectives.
Documentary and Real Evidence.
Facts not Requiring Proof.
Competence and Compellability.
The Course of Testimony.
Burden and Standard of Proof and Presumptions.
The Rule Against Hearsay.
Hearsay Exceptions.
Hazardous Evidence.
Confessions and Ill-gotten Evidence.
Character Evidence.
Opinion Evidence.
Judicial Findings as Evidence.
Privilege and Public Interest Immunity.
Estoppel


Sovereignty, Knowledge, Law
Edition: 1st
Format: Hardback
Author: Panu Minkkinen
ISBN: 978-0-415-47241-8
Publishers: Routledge-Cavendish (Taylor & Francis Group)
Price: $115.00
Publication Date: 26 May 2009
 
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Sovereignty, Knowledge, Law investigates the notion of sovereignty from three different, but related perspectives: as a legal question in relation to the sovereign state, as a political question in relation to sovereign power, and as a metaphysical question in relation to sovereign self-knowledge. The varied and interchangeable uses of legal sovereignty, political sovereignty and metaphysical sovereignty in contemporary debates have resulted in a situation where the word 'sovereignty' itself has become something of a non-concept. Panu Minkkinen shows here how these three perspectives have informed one another, by addressing their shared relationship to law, and to the 'autocephalous' function of sovereignty; that is, the attempt to provide a single source and foundation for law, power, and self-knowledge. Through an effort to domesticate the intrinsically 'heterocephalous' nature of power, the juridical and jurisprudential aim has been to confine power within the closed vertical hierarchy of traditional legal thinking. Sovereignty, Knowledge, Law thus elaborates this heterocephaly, proposing new understandings of sovereignty, as well as of law and of legal scholarship.
 
Contents

 
Introduction: An Unknown Origin Part 1: The Autocephalous State 1. Sovereignty and the Law 2. Sovereignty and the State 3. Sovereignty Postulated Part 2: Heterocephalous Power 4. The Ethos of Sovereignty 5. Constituent Sovereignty 6. Sovereignty, Discipline and Government Part 3: The Acephalous Subject 7. Sovereignty as Absolute Knowledge 8. Sovereignty as Non-Knowledge 9. Sovereignty as jouissance
 

The Author
 
Panu Minkkinen is Professor of Law at the University of Leicester and Adjunct Professor of Legal Theory at the University of Helsinki

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