JSI Seminar Series: Dr Arlie Loughnan

3 May 2012

Madness at the Point of Intersection with Crime: Epistemology and Ontology

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Understanding mental incapacity in criminal law is notoriously difficult; 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, the book on which this presentation is based offers a fresh perspective on this topic. Bringing together previously disparate discussions on mental incapacity from law, psychology, and philosophy, the 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'.

About the Speaker: Dr Arlie Loughnan, University of Sydney

Dr Arlie Loughnan joined Sydney Law School in 2007. She is a graduate of the University of Sydney (BA Hons 1 LLB Hons 1), New York University Law School (LLM) and London School of Economics (PhD). Her research concerns criminal law and the criminal justice system, with a focus on the relationship between legal doctrines, practices, institutions and knowledge. Her particular interests are constructions of criminal responsibility and non-responsibility, the interaction of legal and expert medical knowledges and the historical development of the criminal law.

Dr Loughnan is the author of Manifest Madness: Mental Incapacity in Criminal Law (OUP, 2012). She is a member of the Institute of Criminology and the Editor of the Institute's journal, Current Issues in Criminal Justice (with Dr Murray Lee). She has been a member of the NSW Law Society's Criminal Law Committee since 2009. In 2010-11, she was the Academic Member of the NSW Bar's Professional Conduct Committee (No. 2) (with Dr R. Shackel). In 2010, Arlie served as a member of the Panel of Expert Advisors for the NSW Law Reform Commission reference on Complicity.

Time: 6pm - 8pm

Location: Faculty Common Room, Level 4, Sydney Law School, Building F10, Eastern Avenue, University of Sydney

Cost: Free - Registration Essential

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