Manifest Madness

21 May 2012

Senior Lecturer and Faculty of Law staff member Dr Arlie Loughnan's book Manifest Madness: Mental Incapacity in the Criminal Law has just been published by Oxford University Press.

The book concerns the intersection of 'madness' and crime, the area the Dr Loughnan labels the mental incapacity terrain.

"Understanding mental incapacity in criminal law is notoriously difficult," Dr Loughnan writes.

"It involves tracing overlapping and interlocking legal doctrines, current and past practices of evidence and proof, and also medical and social understandings of mental illness and incapacity."

With its focus on the complex interaction of legal doctrines and practices relating to mental incapacity and knowledge- both expert and non-expert- of it, this book offers a fresh perspective on this topic.

Bringing together previously disparate discussions on mental incapacity from law, psychology, and philosophy, this book provides a close study of this terrain of criminal law, analysing the development of mental incapacity doctrines through historical cases to the modern era.

It maps the shifting boundaries around abnormality as constructed in law, arguing that the mental incapacity terrain has a distinct character- 'manifest madness'.

The Institute of Criminology and Sydney Law School are hosting the Australian launch of the book on Tuesday 29 May 2012, 6:00- 8:00pm, Sydney Law School.

The book will be launched by Emeritus Professor Hilary Astor, Commissioner, NSW Law Reform Commission.

Professor Gillian Triggs, Dean of the Faculty, will introduce the speaker. For further information please contact the Institute of Criminology.

Contact: Greg Sherington

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