The ways in which crime is constructed in society is of time-honored interest to criminologists across the globe. The ever-changing landscape of what is criminal and what is not affects scholars and policymakers in their approach to the body of law defining prohibited conduct, how that law evolves, and the modes by which it is administered. Rule of law cannot exist without a transparent legal system, strong enforcement structures, and an independent judiciary to protect against the arbitrary use of power. Critical consideration of the mechanisms through which societies attempt to make the rule of law a reality is essential to understanding and developing effectual criminal justice systems. The Directions and Developments in Criminal Justice and Law series offers the best research on criminal justice and law around the world, offering original insights on a broadly defined range of socio-legal topics in law, criminal procedure, courts, justice, legislation, and jurisprudence. With an eye toward using innovative and advanced methodologies, series monographs offer solid social science scholarship illuminating issues and trends in law, crime, and justice. Books in this series will appeal to criminologists, sociologists, and other social scientists, as well as policymakers, legal researchers, and practitioners.
Black Iconography and Colonial (re)production at the ICC (In)dependence Cha Cha Cha?
Biosecurity, Economic Collapse, the State to Come Political Power in the Pandemic and Beyond
Powers of the Prosecutor in Criminal Investigation A Comparative Perspective
Beyond Transitional Justice Transformative Justice and the State of the Field (or non-field)
By Stanley Mwangi Wanjiru
November 02, 2022
This book explores the reproduction of colonialism at the International Criminal Court (ICC), and examines International criminal law (ICL) vs the Black body through an immersive format of Art, Music, Poetry, and Architecture and post-colonial/critical race theory lens. Taking a multi-disciplinary ...
By Christos Boukalas
October 13, 2022
This book offers an in-depth critical account of the state’s responses to the biosecurity and the economic crises. It is thus the first study to address both crises ensuing from the pandemic, and to synthesise the responses to them in a comprehensive account of political power. What kind of state...
By Karolina Kremens
September 26, 2022
This comparative analysis examines the scope of prosecutorial powers at different phases of criminal investigation in four countries: the United States, Italy, Poland, and Germany. Since in all four the number of criminal cases decided without trial is constantly increasing, criminal investigation ...
By Amrita Mukhopadhyay
September 02, 2022
This book examines the social and legal regulation of domestic violence (DV) within the Kesarwani business community following the enactment of the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act 2005. It analyses the existence of the formal law in Kolkata and the relevance of the law in the ...
By Ronagh J.A. McQuigg
August 22, 2022
This book provides a detailed exploration of the responses of the criminal justice system to domestic abuse in Northern Ireland. The book’s primary focus is on developments which have taken place since around 2010, and in particular since the restoration of the Northern Ireland Assembly in January...
By Matthew Evans
April 07, 2022
Beyond Transitional Justice reflects upon the state of the field (or non-field) of transitional justice in the current conjuncture, as well as identifying new possibilities and challenges in the fields with which transitional justice overlaps (such as human rights, peacebuilding, and development). ...
By Anne S. Douds, Eileen M. Ahlin
June 30, 2020
The Veterans Treatment Court Movement provides a comprehensive, empirical analysis of the burgeoning veteran’s court movement from genesis through to operation, and concluding with comments on its societal relevance. Beginning with the unlikely convergence of therapeutic jurisprudence with the ...
By Victoria Colvin, Philip Stenning
March 04, 2020
The modern public prosecutor is a figure both powerful and enigmatic. Legal scholars and criminologists often identify “three essential components” of criminal justice systems: police, courts and corrections. Yet increasingly, the public prosecutor occupies a distinct role independent from any of ...
By Richard Jochelson, James Gacek, Lauren Menzie, Kirsten Kramar, Mark Doerksen
December 09, 2019
In Philip K. Dick’s short story Minority Report, the institution of Precrime punishes people with imprisonment for crimes they would have committed had they not been prevented. With Dick’s allegorical inspiration, the authors of Criminal Law and Precrime: Legal Studies in Canadian Punishment and ...