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Sunday, March 7, 2010

Monahan & Walker on Social Science in (Criminal) Law

Monahan john John Monahan (pictured) and Laurens Walker (both of University of Virginia School of Law) have posted Twenty-Five Years of Social Science in Law (Law and Human Behavior, Forthcoming). While the piece addresses a range of legal issues, several criminal law and procedure topics are among those addressed. Here is the abstract:

In this Essay, we take the publication of the seventh edition of the casebook Social Science in Law (2010) as an opportunity to reflect on continuities and changes that have occurred in the application of social science research to American law over the past quarter-century. We structure these reflections by comparing and contrasting the original edition of the book with the current one. When the first edition appeared, courts’ reliance on social science was often confused and always contested. Now, courts’ reliance on social science is so common as to be unremarkable. What has changed - sometimes radically - are the substantive legal questions on which social science has been brought to bear.

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