Professor David B. Wexler writes…
As we enter the year 2018, it is exciting to look back over the last year to see the important therapeutic jurisprudence activities and developments in various locales across the globe—including Prague, where , in July, the International Society for Therapeutic Jurisprudence was launched; and meaningful conferences in which I was privileged to participate in Australia, Argentina, Japan, and, most recently, in Singapore.
Australia has long been a TJ leader (and held a major conference in April 2017), and we are now seeing other nations improving their justice systems via the use of a TJ perspective.
In Argentina, for example, in May, three meetings were held and a full-fledged chapter of the Iberoamerican Association of Therapeutic Jurisprudence was established.
In September, Japan held a well-attended conference, and boasted a Therapeutic Jurisprudence Institute at the Seijo University Law School (I blogged about the Japan conference soon thereafter).
And finally, on October 26 and 27, in its Supreme Court Auditorium, Singapore sponsored an excellent Sentencing Conference “Review, Rehabilitation, Reintegration.” This focus naturally provided an opening for a serious discussion of therapeutic jurisprudence and related perspectives (such as Non-adversarial Justice, an umbrella that includes TJ and closely related and overlapping perspectives, such as Restorative Justice and problem-solving or solution-focused courts).