What can mainstream courts learn from aboriginal sentencing courts…

Guest blogger Jordan Tutton writes... In early 2016, a young Indigenous Australian man robbed a liquor store in the southern suburbs of Adelaide, South Australia. He pleaded guilty and asked to be sentenced in a specialist criminal court established to sentence Indigenous Australians. That Court was convened in September 2016 around a comically long Bar … Continue reading What can mainstream courts learn from aboriginal sentencing courts…

Amateur Therapists or Amateur Justice? Why we can’t let fear of progress slow therapeutic jurisprudence reform

I cannot imagine a more dangerous branch than an unrestrained judiciary full of amateur psychiatrists poised to "do good" rather than to apply the law. - Judge Morris Hoffman Some critics of therapeutic jurisprudence argue that when judges adopt a therapeutic role they act beyond both their expertise and beyond their proper functions as judges. … Continue reading Amateur Therapists or Amateur Justice? Why we can’t let fear of progress slow therapeutic jurisprudence reform

Alternative dispute resolution – the next generation!

Move over traditional law moots...alternative dispute resolution is taking hold!  Guest blogger Kate Mann talks about her team's participation in the recent School Conflict Resolution and Mediation program.... The School Conflict Resolution And Mediation (SCRAM) program is an initiative of the Western Australia Dispute Resolution Association (WADRA) and has been an ongoing competition since 2001. … Continue reading Alternative dispute resolution – the next generation!

The new International Journal of Therapeutic Jurisprudence – call for submissions!

If you would like to contribute to the international law reform and legal innovation conversation now is your chance. The Arizona Summit Law School is about to publish the first edition of the International Journal of Therapeutic Jurisprudence (October 2016) and is calling for articles for future editions. Therapeutic jurisprudence - a legal philosophy that explores … Continue reading The new International Journal of Therapeutic Jurisprudence – call for submissions!

Legal education: Does therapeutic jurisprudence have a role?

Guest blogger Emma Jones reflects about the role that therapeutic jurisprudence can play in undergraduate legal education in the UK... Legal education is one of the many areas in which therapeutic jurisprudence is increasingly being acknowledged. However, to date, much of the relevant literature is focused on the US law degree.  The postgraduate and vocationally-orientated … Continue reading Legal education: Does therapeutic jurisprudence have a role?