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Editor: Kevin Cole
Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Wexler on Therapeutic Jurisprudence

David B. Wexler  (University of Arizona - James E. Rogers College of Law) has posted From Theory to Practice and Back Again in Therapeutic Jurisprudence: Now Comes the Hard Part on SSRN. Here is the abstract:

This essay is the basis of a plenary address to be delivered in Melbourne, Australia at an international conference on 'nonadversarial justice.' In this piece, I trace how therapeutic jurisprudence (TJ) has, through a few simple conceptual frameworks, influenced the practice of many judges and lawyers. Many of their contributions have been unearthed on a "hit or miss" basis, as when they happen to be mentioned during TJ panel discussions at international conferences. But we need a more systematic way of collecting these creative contributions, and we also need to develop a new type of practical interdisciplinary scholarship to disseminate and evaluate these developments. The paper explores some methods for accomplishing this.

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