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Advanced Introduction to Mental Health Law


ISBN13: 9781789903928
Published: January 2021
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing Limited
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: £17.95



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Written by esteemed legal scholar Michael L. Perlin, this indispensable Advanced Introduction examines the long-standing but ever-dynamic relationship between law and mental health. The author discusses and contextualises how the law, primarily in the United States but also in other countries, treats mental health, intellectual disabilities, and mental incapacity, giving examples of how issues such as the rights of patients, the death penalty and the insanity defense permeate constitutional, civil, and criminal matters, and indeed the general practice of law.

Key features include:

  • unpacks key US Supreme Court decisions to focus on the issues that have been most significant in the development of the field
  • explains the distortion of this area of law by biased and stereotypical social attitudes including sanism
  • examines lesser-known cases that illuminate judicial attitudes, helping readers to better understand likely future developments in mental health law

Offering an insightful introduction to this field, the Advanced Introduction to Mental Health Law is an invaluable resource for students and newly qualified lawyers, and will appeal not only to those looking to understand the law in the United States, but how this contributes to the development of the field as a whole.

Subjects:
Mental Health Law, Other Jurisdictions , USA
Contents:
1. Introduction to the Advanced Introduction to Mental Health Law
2. Some jurisprudential filters
3. Counsel and judges
4. Civil commitment law
5. Institutional rights
6. Rights of persons with mental disabilities in community settings
7. Between civil and criminal mental disability law
8. Criminal incompetencies
9. The insanity defense
10. Access to experts, sentencing, and correctional treatment issues
11. The death penalty
Bibliography
Index

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