Law Without Enforcement

Law Without Enforcement

by Jill Peay
     
 

Until recently, law relating to mental disorder and to the mentally disorded has rarely been the subject of such extensive and heated debate. This book explores and reflects upon this debate. So far the debate's focus has been on the tension between public protection and individual civil rights, since much of its impetus has derived from notorious homicides in the… See more details below

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Until recently, law relating to mental disorder and to the mentally disorded has rarely been the subject of such extensive and heated debate. This book explores and reflects upon this debate. So far the debate's focus has been on the tension between public protection and individual civil rights, since much of its impetus has derived from notorious homicides in the community and been directed towards calls for a community treatment order. The debate encapsulated here is more comprehensive, going to the heart of the nature of mental illness and its impacts on legal capacity, juxtaposing constructs which arise out of profoundly differing disciplines. The book concludes that the contribution of current mental health legislation is both marginal and it seeks to set an agenda for radical law reform by recognizing that asking questions may, at this stage, be more valuable than providing hasty answers. Many of the chapters deal with the recent Bournewood decision in the House of Lords.

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Venturing beyond the politicized debate between public protection and patients' civil rights, 13 essays discuss such matters as the objectives and effectiveness of mental health law in the UK; whether the distinction between mental and physical illness is defensible; and the law as a clinical tool. Includes a case list (1957-1998). Distributed in the US by ISBS. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781901362756
Publisher:
Hart Publishing (UK)
Publication date:
03/01/1999
Pages:
260
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.55(d)

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