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
Author: Edited by Jennifer L. Skeem, Kevin S. Douglas, and Scott O. Lilienfeld
Publishers: The Guilford Press (Routledge)
Publication Date: 2009
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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.
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
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.
"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
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.
Principles and Practice of Trial Consultation
Stanley L Brodsky
Publishers: The Guilford Press (Taylor & Francis Group)
Publication Date: May 2009
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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.
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
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
Authors: Gary Slapper, & David Kelly
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.
Introduction to Law.
Sources of Law.
Civil and Criminal Court structures.
The Criminal Law.
The Law of Contract.
The Law of Negligence.
The Civil Process.
The Criminal Process.
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
Author: Alastair Hudson
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:
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.
Principles of Equity.
Administration of Trusts.
Trusts Implied by Law.
Trusts and the Home.
Breach of Trust and Equitable Claims.
Commercial Uses of Trusts.
Welfare Uses of Trusts.
Trusts and Social Theory
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
Author: Hilaire Barnett
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!
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
Introduction: The United Kingdom and its Constitution
Sources of the Constitution
Fundamental Constitutional Concepts
The Rule of Law
The Separation of Powers
The Royal Prerogative
The European Community and Union
Structures and Institutions
European Community Law and National Law
Central, Regional and Local Government
Devolution and Local Government
The Electoral System
Introduction to the House of Commons
The Legislative Process
Scrutiny of the Executive
The House of Lords
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
Introduction to Administrative Law
Judicial Review: Introduction, Jurisdiction and Procedure
The Grounds for Judicial Review
Commissioners for Administration: Ombudsmen
Hilaire Barnett, BA, LLM, previously at Queen Mary College, University of London.
Legal Method - Skills and Reasoning
Author: Sharon Hanson
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;
Preparing for the Journey;
Preparing for the journey - study skills;
Signposts and Landmarks;
The Contexts of Law;
Mapping the Territory;
Reading and Understanding Legislation;
Reading and Understanding Law Reports;
Reading Texts about Law;
Arguing the Law:
The Construction of Argument;
The Anatomy of Argument;
Putting it all together;
Writing the Law;
Speaking the Law;
Criminal Procedure & Sentencing
Author: Peter Hungerford-Welch
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.
Theoretical Perspectives in Criminal Litigation: Tools for Critical Analysis
Classification and Allocation of Offences/Mode of 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
Trial on Indictment: Preliminaries
Trial on Indictment: the Course of the Trial
Appeals from the Crown Court
Public Funding for Criminal Litigation
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
International Criminal Law
Authors: Ilias Bantekas, Susan Nash
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
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
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
8. Offences Against the Person
9. International Criminal Law of the Sea
11. Transnational Offences 1
12. Transnational Offences 2
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
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
Authors: Jonathan Doak, Claire McGourlay
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.
Introduction to Criminal Evidence
The Principle of Orality
The Burden of Proof.
The Privilege Against Self-incrimination
Examination and Cross-examination.
Evidence of Character
Improperly Obtained Evidence
Practical Guide to Evidence
Author: Christopher Allen
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.
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.
Confessions and Ill-gotten Evidence.
Judicial Findings as Evidence.
Privilege and Public Interest Immunity.
Sovereignty, Knowledge, Law
Author: Panu Minkkinen
Publishers: Routledge-Cavendish (Taylor & Francis Group)
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.
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
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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