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Dangerous People, Policy, Prediction and Practice
Series: http://www.routledgementalhealth.com/forensic-mental-health/published/.
Edition: 1st
Format: Hardback
Author: Edited by Bernadette McSherry, and Patrick Keyzer.
ISBN: 978-0-415-88495-2
Publishers: Routledge
Price: £46.99
Publication Date: July 2011

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Experienced legal academics and mental health professionals explore the current approaches to “dangerousness” and preventive detention. The defining characteristics of those deemed dangerous by society vary according to culture, place, and time, and the contributors to this text have gathered to analyze the policies and practices related to current out-groups such as sex offenders, suspected terrorists, and young offenders in the United States, Scotland, England, and Australia. Dangerous People is the result of their research, workshopping, and writing. The text is organized logically and begins with a section on Parameters that explores the international human rights and legal limitations related to preventive detention schemes. It moves on to Policy, where contributors examine legislative policy, and Prediction, or risk assessment, especially in terms of violent crimes in youth. The section on Practice focuses on recent schemes to prevent re-offending. This text is indispensible as a resource that deals with the practical issues surrounding preventive detention and supervision schemes, the assessment of the risk of future harm in offenders, and different programs and sentencing options for high-risk offenders with mental illnesses. It contains case examples that bring real-life issues to light and sets forth an agenda to provide effective ways to protect communities from harm.

Table of Contents

Part I: Parameters. McSherry, Keyzer, 'Dangerous' People: An Overview. Sifris, An International Human Rights Perspective on Detention without Criminal Charge or Trial. Keyzer, The International Human Rights Parameters for the Preventive Detention of Serious Sex Offenders. Slobogin, Legal Limitations on the Scope of Preventive Detention. Part II: Policy. La Fond, Sexual Offender Commitment Laws in the USA: The Inevitable Failure of Misusing Civil Commitment to Prevent Further Sex Crimes. Petrila, Sexually Violent Predator Laws: Going Back to a Time Better Forgotten. Janus, Sexual Violence, Gender Politics and Outsider Jurisprudence: Lessons Learned from the American Experience in Prevention. Freckelton, The Preventive Detention of Insanity Acquitees: A Case Study from Victoria. McSherry, The Preventive Detention of Suspected Terrorists: Better Safe Than Sorry? Part III: Prediction. Skeem, Peterson, Silver, Toward Research-informed Policy for High Risk Offenders with Severe Mental Illnesses. Johnstone, Assessing and Managing Violent Youth: Implications for Sentencing. Cooke, Michie, Violence Risk Assessment: Challenging the Illusion of Certainty. Part IV: Practice. Thomson, The Role of Forensic Mental Health Services in Managing High Risk Offenders: Functioning or Failing? Quinn, Crichton, 'Case Managing High Risk Offenders with Mental Disorders in Scotland.' Fyfe, Gailey, The Scottish Approach to High Risk Offenders: Early Answers or Further Questions? Darjee, Russell, The Assessment and Sentencing of High Risk Offenders in Scotland: A Forensic Clinical Perspective. Logan, Managing High Risk Personality Disordered Offenders: Lessons Learned to Date. Part V: Conclusion. McSherry, Keyzer, 'Dangerous' People: The Road Ahead for Policy, Prediction and Practice.


“Bernadette McSherry and Patrick Keyzer have brought together an elite group of cutting-edge scholars to critically examine how we manageor fail to managethose who frighten us. The contributors have carefully integrated scientific rigor and clinical insight with a keen sensitivity to human rights. Cogently organized and lucidly written, Dangerous People will have an important and lasting influence on international risk assessment policy and practice.”-John Monahan, Shannon Distinguished Professor of Law, Psychology, and Psychiatry, University of Virginia, USA

Dangerous People is an excellent resource and very good read. Drawing together international experts from different disciplines, it brings a much needed level of depth and sophistication to the vexed question of how we protect society from 'dangerous people.' A must-read for clinicians, lawyers, and policy makers alike!” - James Ogloff, Director, Psychological Services, Forensicare, Victoria, Australia

The Editors

Bernadette McSherry, PhD, is an Australian Research Council Federation Fellow and a Professor of Law at Monash University in Australia.

Patrick Keyzer, PhD, is the Director of the Centre for Law, Governance and Public Policy, and Professor of Law at Bond University.

Constitutional & Administrative Law
Edition: 9th
Format: Paperback
Author: Hilaire Barnett
ISBN: 9780415611084
Publishers: Routledge (Taylor & Francis Group)
Price: £34.99
Publication Date: 24th may 2011

Publisher's Title Information

Constitutional and Administrative Law (Public Law) is a dynamic and challenging area of law which has an impact on all of our lives. Whenever a government is elected, a new piece of legislation is passed or a citizen's rights are abused, it is Public Law which provides the legal framework within which government and administration functions.
Hilaire Barnett's classic textbook equips students with an understanding of the constitution's past, present and future by analysing and illustrating the political and socio-historical contexts which have shaped the major rules and principles of public law, as well as ongoing constitutional reform.
Having undergone a rigorous editing process to offer a more concise account of public law today, contemporary developments covered in this edition include the UK's first coalition government for nearly 60 years, and recent proposals to introduce fixed-term parliaments and electoral reform.

Key learning features include:
Introductory chapter overviews outlining the topics and concepts covered;
Short chapter summaries to distil and reflect upon the main points raised;
Marginal cross-references which help students to recognise connections across topics;
A comprehensive companion website, featuring enhanced coverage and a pathway for further study across a variety of topics
Mapped to the common course outline, this textbook offers full coverage of the Public Law syllabus. Written in a clear and understandable style, Constitutional and Administrative Law is an invaluable resource for every student of Public Law.


Part I: General Introduction 1. Introduction: The United Kingdom and Its Constitution 2. Sources of the Constitution Part II: Fundamental Constitutional Concepts 3. The Rule of Law 4. The Separation of Powers 5. The Royal Prerogative 6. Parliamentary Sovereignty Part III: The European Community and Union 7. Structures and Institutions 8. European Community Law and National Law Part IV: Central, Regional and Local Government 9. Central Government 10. Responsible Government 11. Devolution and Local Government Part V: Parliament 12. Scrutiny of the Executive 16. The House of Lords 17. Parliamentary Privilege Part VI: The Individual and the State 18. The Protection of Human Rights 19. Freedom of Expression and Privacy 20. Freedom of Association and Assembly 21. The Police and Police Powers 22. State Security Part VII: Administrative Law 23. Judicial Review: Introduction, Jurisdiction and Procedure 24. Grounds for Judicial Review I: the Substantive Grounds for Judicial Review 25. Grounds for Judicial Review II: Procedural Grounds: Procedural Impropriety 26. Commissioners for Administration: Ombudsmen and Tribunals

Reviews to date

"Barnett is based on high academic standards while being easy to read and to understand … it is the perfect introductory text." Alexander Fischer, Lecturer in Law, SOAS, University of London
"Clear, detailed and thorough … students really enjoy this textbook and I strongly recommend it." Javier Oliva, Lecturer in Law, Bangor University
"Complete, precise and clear … extremely suitable." Caroline Fournet, Lecturer in Law, University of Exeter
"Utterly reliable." Nick Howard, Senior Lecturer in Law, University of Glamorgan
"The book is authoritative, thorough, well structured, clear and coherent." Philip Jones, Senior Lecturer in Law, University of the West of England
"There is a gap between perception and reality regarding Constitutional & Administrative Law. The perception is "too black letter" for want of a better phrase, but the reality is that there is actually a sophisticated blend of legal material and theoretical ideas." David Radlett, Lecturer in Law, University of Kent

The Author

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

Part of the Preface

The United Kingdom's constitution, while of ancient origins, remains both dynamic and vibrant. As every public lawyer is only too aware, nowadays, the proper boundaries of constitutional and administrative law are both increasingly wide and subject to debate. In compiling any textbook on this subject, one of the principal preliminary tasks lies in defining the scope of material to be included and the approach to be adopted in relation to that material. The task of writing is made more problematic by the many and varied depths in which, and the means by which, the subject is taught both in the United Kingdom and overseas. Full time students, part time students, students on long distance learning programmes and students combining both constitutional and administrative law within a one-year course, all have differing needs. The aim in this book has been to provide sufficient detail to meet all such needs in a user-friendly manner.

As emphasised in the introductory chapters, the study of the United Kingdom's constitutional and administrative law involves rather more than a learning of rules of law, and necessarily encompasses over and above an understanding of legal rules an understanding of history, government, politics and conventional practices which form the foundations of the contemporary constitution. As a result, any constitutional and administrative law textbook must incorporate sufficient information relating to such matters so as to enable students to view the constitution in its historical, political and conventional context. In this book, I have addressed the subject in this manner in order to provide a rounded, contextual explanation of the United Kingdom's constitution, which goes beyond pure law while also adequately covering the law.

As previously, the text is divided into seven main parts. Part I provides a general introduction to the scope of constitutional law, the sources of the constitution and the structure of the United Kingdom. In Part II, the fundamental concepts of the constitution are considered: the rule of law, separation of powers, the royal prerogative and parliamentary sovereignty. In Part III, the European Union is discussed. The material is divided into two chapters. Chapter 7 considers the evolution, aims and structure of the Union and the principal institutions and their respective powers. In Chapter 8, the sources of European Union law and the relationship between national and European Union law are discussed.

In Part IV, the structure of government is discussed, Chapter 9 considering the role of Prime Minister, Cabinet and the Civil Service, Chapter I 0 discussing the concept of responsible government and ministerial responsibility and Chapter 11 the devolution of power to the Northern Ireland Assembly, Scottish Parliament and Welsh Assembly and local government.

Party is devoted to the United Kingdom Parliament: Westminster. Chapter 12 discusses the electoral system, and Chapter 13 introduces the reader to the House of Commons. Chapters 14 and I S are devoted to parliamentary procedures for the scrutiny of legislative proposals and scrutiny of government administration. The House of Lords, its role, functions and the current reform proposals are considered in Chapter 16. Parliamentary privilege is discussed in Chapter 17. Part VI focuses on the individual and the state, covering civil liberties, police powers and the protection of human rights. The subject of state security is discussed in Chapter 22. Part 7 introduces administrative law. Judicial review of administrative action comprises three chapters, the first dealing with the role and scope of judicial review and procedural matters; the second and third analysing the grounds for judicial review. The complementary role, functions and powers of Commissioners for Administration and Tribunals are considered in Chapter 26.

Revising the text for a new edition always presents challenges. As with the seventh and eighth editions this edition is published in the shadow of on-going constitutional reform. The 2010 General Election resulted in a 'hung Parliament', with no political party winning a dear majority of seats entitling it to form a government. The formation of a coalition government between the Conservative Party and Liberal Democrat Party, which together command a majority of 363 (of 650) seats in Parliament (see Chapters 10 and 12), was the eventual outcome. To bolster stability, the Conservative Prime Minister announced that the agreement was intended to last for the life of the incoming Parliament, which would be for an unprecedented fixed five-year term, with the next general election scheduled for 2015.The Fixed-term Parliament Bill 2011 provides for five-year fixed-term Parliaments for the future. One of the conditions for the coalition is that a referendum be held on the introduction of the Alternative Vote system for general elections, a proposal incorporated it the Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Act 2011......

Hilaire Barnett March 2011

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Text, Cases and Materials on Contract Law
Edition: 2nd
Format: Paperback
Author: Richard Stone, James Devenney, Ralph Cunnington
ISBN: 9780415594141
Publishers: Routledge
Price: £34.99
Publication Date: 15th April 2011

Publisher's Title Information

This clear and highly accessible volume, presented in a coherent structure, provides full coverage of the topics commonly found in the contract law syllabus, alongside up-to-date illustrative case examples and stimulating commentary.
Written by leading authors in the field, this book takes account of a variety of theoretical perspectives, including economic, relational and empirical conceptions of the law. A meticulous and insightful commentary is provided throughout, illuminating complex areas of law and promoting more detailed analysis of important issues.
Composed of approximately one-quarter authors' commentaries and three-quarters cases and materials, including academics' articles and extracts from books and Law Commission papers, this book facilitates the development of personal study skills and encourages readers to engage with the leading academic commentaries in the area. Clearly signposted chapter introductions highlight the salient features under discussion and additional reading collected at the end of each chapter guides further study and independent research.
The range of material covered and the straightforward style makes Text, Cases and Materials on Contract Law an invaluable resource for all undergraduate students of contract law.


1. Introduction 2. Forming the agreement 3. Consideration and other tests of enforceability 4. Intention to create legal relations 5. Privity 6. Contents of the contract 7. Clauses excluding or limiting liability 8. Misrepresentation 9. Mistake 10. Duress 11. Undue infl'3fuence 12. Frustration 13. Discharge by performance or breach 14. Remedies

The Authors

Richard Stone is Professor of Law at the University of Lincoln, and is also a Visiting Professor at University College Northampton.
James Devenney is Deputy Head in the Durham Law School and Director of the Institute of Commercial and Corporate Law.

Reviews of Previous Editions

'A very readable, engaging book … the materials selected, the further reading sections and the probing commentary foster critical enquiry into contract law. Overall this is an excellent book for undergraduate contract law courses and one which I would not hesitate to recommend to my students' - James Devenney, Durham University, UK
'This first edition provides valuable resources for material on contract law based on a combination of significant cases and articles on various topics. It is well presented and written in a clear and lucid style with well-organised topics'. Saleem Sheikh, International Company and Commercial Law Review, Vol.20 Issue 2, 2009



Because of modern technology, i.e., the Internet and books available on CD ROM's it may be that cases and material books are not as vital as they were to previous generations of students; particularly those who did not have access to a law library. However I would still advise students to have a least one good text, cases and materials book on each subject to act as a quick reference.

What is said in the above paragraph is particular important with contract law which still requires knowledge of old common law decisions. This book has it all, the topics found in a typical contract law syllabus, alongside the up-to-date as well as the historical cases and, as such is recommended as a good companion to 'The Modern Law of Contract' 9th Edition, also published by Routledge.

Rob Jerrard

The English Legal System
Edition: 2011-2012, 12th Edition
Format: Paperback
Authors: Gary Slapper, David Kelly MORE information on the Routledge Website
ISBN: 9780415600071
Publishers: Routledge
Price: £29.99
Publication Date: 11th April 2011

Publisher's Title Information

Slapper and Kelly's The English Legal System explains and critically assesses how our law is made and applied. Annually updated, this authoritative textbook clearly describes the legal rules of England and Wales and their collective influence as a sociocultural institution.
This latest edition of The English Legal System responds to the proposals of the newly elected coalition government as they affect the legal system as well as the most recent legislation and case law. The Constitutional Reform and Governance Act 2010, the Crime and Security Act 2010, new European law and the latest decisions of the Supreme Court are all incorporated into the text, and this edition also digests recent research on the work of juries and the criminal courts, and the 2010 changes to the regulation of, and Government contributions towards, legal services.
Key learning features include:
A clear and logical structure with short, manageable, well-structured individual chapters;
Useful chapter summaries which act as a good check point for students;
Sources for further reading and suggested websites at the end of each chapter to point students towards further learning pathways;
An online skills network including 'how to', practical examples, tips, advice and interactive examples of English law in action.
Replied upon by generations of students, Slapper and Kelly's The English Legal System is a permanent fixture in this ever evolving subject.


1. Law and Legal Study 2. Rule of Law and Human Rights 3. Sources of Law 4. The Civil Courts 5. The Civil Process 6. The Criminal Courts 7. The Criminal Process: (1) The Investigation of Crime 8. The Criminal Process: (2) The Prosecution 9. The Judiciary 10. Judicial Reasoning 11. The Jury 12. Arbitration, Tribunal Adjudication and Alternative Dispute Resolution 13. Legal Services 14. The Funding of Legal Services 15. The European Context

The Authors

Gary Slapper 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 was Principal Lecturer in Law at Staffordshire University.


It is absolutely essential that students obtain a very good grasp of the ELS if they are to proceed with the individual subjects. The fact that this is the 12th Edition shows the strength with which it has been received over the years.

Its effectiveness lies in the use of 'Key learning features' the clear and logical structure; useful chapter summaries, sources for further reading and suggested websites at the end of each chapter. Also the online skills network including 'how to', practical examples, tips, advice and interactive examples keep the student fully involved .

Obviously the individual chapters would not be sufficient for a student wishing to look in depth at a particular subject, but the book would provide that vital starting point. As the Authors point out, since the last edition the changes to the ELS have been many and varied, thus a student MUST invest in the latest and best that his/her pocket will allow and to that end at £29.99 she/he would not go far wrong with this one.

Rob Jerrard

Previous Reviews
"An impressive book and the online resources that accompany it as well as the diagrammatic rubrics are great." Jackson Maogoto, Senior Lecturer in Law, The University of Manchester
"Comprehensive and detailed." Murray Wesson, Lecturer in Law, University of Leeds
"Comprehensive, thorough, and informative." Lesley Klaff, Senior Lecturer in Law, Sheffield Hallam University
"...in depth and analytical and provokes comment and discussion as well as providing material for further research. Academic and mature in tone." Sean Curley, Senior Lecturer in Law, University of Huddersfield
"[Supplemented by] one of the best sets of online resources I have ever seen." Richard Lee, Senior Lecturer, Manchester Metropolitan University

The Modern Law of Contract
Edition: 9th
Format: Paperback
520 pages
Author: Richard Stone
ISBN: 9780415589453
Publishers: Routledge
Price: £26.99
Publication Date: 14th April 2011

Publisher's Title Information

The Modern Law of Contract is a clear and logical introduction to contract law, written by a leading author and lecturer with over thirty years of teaching and examining experience in the subject.
Meticulously updated to include all of the recent developments and case decisions in the field, The Modern Law of Contract offers a contemporary overview of each of the key topics found on an undergraduate or GDL contract law module, making it the ideal introduction for students encountering the subject for the first time.
Key learning features include:
Boxed chapter summaries, which help to consolidate learning and understanding
Additional 'For thought' think points throughout the text where students are asked to consider 'what if' scenarios
A fully revised set of diagrams to illustrate principles and facilitate the understanding of concepts and interrelationships
'Key Case' close-ups designed to help students identify key cases within contract law and improve their understanding of the facts and context of each case
A Companion Website with chapter-by-chapter Multiple Choice Questions; a Flashcard glossary; contract law skills advice; PowerPoint slides of the diagrams within the book; and sample essay questions.
Clearly written and easy to use, The Modern Law of Contract enables undergraduate students of contract law to fully engage with the topic and gain a profound understanding of this pivotal area.
1.Introduction 2. Forming the Agreement 3. Consideration and Other Tests of Enforceability 4. Intention to Create Legal Relations 5. Privity 6. The Contents of the Contract 7. Clauses Excluding or Limiting Liability 8. Misrepresentation 9. Mistake 10. Duress 11. Undue Influence 12. Illegality and Public Policy 13. Frustration 14. Discharge by Performance or Breach 15. Remedies and Restitution 16. Theories of Contract Law

The Author

Richard Stone is Professor of Law at the University of Lincoln.

Author: More information available on the Routledge Website


Looking back to when I studied contract law, to my mind a fascinating subject because it looked back deep into English legal history at the common law decisions of judges. One had the pleasure of reading the more modern decisions of Lord Denning whose decisions were always worth quoting if you wanted what was often a dissenting opinion. Who can ever forget High Trees! Did it destroy the doctrine of consideration altogether? See page 112.

This is a very professionally laid out book and a good deal of thought has gone into the content with the “Guide to using the book” setting the scene. Apart from my class notes I used a copy of the old favourite which was known to generations of students; however had this book been available I am certain it would have been very high on my list and probably more affordable: highly recommended.

Rob Jerrard

Praise for the seventh edition:

'A very well written book - a good discussion of contract law in its practical and theoretical context.' - Eliza Varney, Lecturer in Contract Law, Keele University, UK.

'As ever the new edition of Richard Stone's textbook The Modern Law of Contract gives a clear explanation of the main principles of contract law in a modern setting. The chapters are easy to navigate through and the 'think' points are such that students will develop a critical approach to their study of contract law.' - Maureen Maksymiw, Nottingham Trent University, UK.

Bourne on Company Law
Edition: 5th
Format: Paperback
Author: Nicholas Bourne
ISBN: 9780415563505
Publishers: Routledge
Price: £26.99
Publication Date: 23rd July 2010

Publisher's Title Information

Bourne on Company Law carefully examines and guides students through the way that legal rules are applied in this core commercial area. The fundamental topics are broken down throughout into short, clear sections separated by subheadings for easy navigation before references are made to further literature in specific and extensive reading lists.
Retaining all of the popular features from previous editions, the book has also been extensively revised in light of the conclusion of the Companies Act 2006 and now incorporates a new expanded introduction, which provides a background and context to the way the law works in relation to companies before considering the European influence on company law.
Now expanded to include fully cross-referenced chapters and full case references and summaries, this new edition of Bourne on Company Law is the ideal companion for all students taking courses or modules in this demanding subject.


Introduction. The Salomon Principle and the Corporate Veil. Promoters. Issue of Shares to the Public. The Memorandum of Association. The Articles of Association. Shares and Payment of Capital. The Payment of Dividends. The Maintenance of Capital. Directors. Directors' Duties. Powers of Directors. Insider Dealing. Minority Protection. Company Meetings. Accounts, Annual Returns, Auditors. Company Secretary. Corporate Governance. Debentures and the Law of Mortgages. Receivership. Voluntary Arrangements and Administration. Investigations. Takeovers, Reconstructions and Amalgamations. Liquidation

The Author

Nicholas Bourne is Leader of the Conservatives in the Welsh Assembly and teaches company law in Hong Kong.


The Companies Act 2006 is the longest statute on any subject ever to pass though the Westminster Parliament. That is the measure of the challenge, both for an author and for students of company law.

The pace of change in company law is sometimes bewildering but the subject matter is always fascinating.

This book is written primarily for students. It is hoped, however, that some of the ideas will be of interest to the researcher and some of the analyses relevant for the practitioner.
As always, I am grateful to colleagues and to students past and present, for their help. I am very grateful to my editorial team for their patience and assistance; and I am also extremely grateful to Sandra Morgan for decoding manuscripts and dictated discs.

The law may be complex and increasing in volume and complexity, but since Jonathan Swift commented as long ago as 1711 that, 'If books and laws continue to increase as they have done for 50 years past; I am in some concern for future ages, how any man will be learned or any man a lawyer', perhaps we have, in reality, no reason to fear that volume and complexity!

Nicholas Bourne, Cardiff; April 2010

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