Book Review: Therapeutic Jurisprudence and Overcoming Violence Against Women

Book jpeg image_vawNabeela Siddiqui reviews an excellent new TJ resource…

Therapeutic jurisprudence focuses on the impression that law makes on the psychological and social wellbeing of a person. Society is indeed the laboratory to test the veracity of the laws passed, policies framed and procedures established. Drawing on the similar lines Debarati Halder and K. Jaishankar have fruitfully compiled the essays of varied subject matter and broadened the scope of TJ both in letter and spirit.

“Therapeutic Jurisprudence and Overcoming Violence Against Women” attempts to address women’s issues through the lens of TJ.

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On Being Responsibly Bold (and other advice for TJ-Informed Change Agents)

Professor David Yamada writes…

At a recent therapeutic jurisprudence (TJ) workshop hosted by Professor Carol Zeiner and the St. Thomas University School of Law in Miami, Florida, I urged us all to be “responsibly bold” in our research and advocacy for legal and policy change. The term resonated with a number of workshop participants, and that response has prompted me to gather three clusters of advice for those who are operating as change agents in a TJ mode.

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TJ, the Singapore Sentencing Conference, and Beyond

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).

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Join the International Society for Therapeutic Jurisprudence!

The International Society for Therapeutic Jurisprudence’s website has gone public and you can now join as a member.
Regular membership is $25, and student memberships are free. By joining the ISTJ, you will be able to:
  • Participate and share your profile in the members-only TJ Forum;
  • Join ISTJ chapters and interest groups;
  • Submit your work for publishing consideration by ISTJ publications; and,
  • Add this affiliation to your professional credentials, with a designation as founding member if you join for 2018.
As you can see this blog has been rebadged as the official blog of the ISTJ.
If you have ideas for guest blog posts contact:
You can read more about the purposes of the ISTJ on our previous blog post here.
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Therapeutic courts inspiring law students

RMIT University (Victoria, Australia) law and social work students recently undertook a week-long study tour to Auckland, New Zealand.

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The Refugee Crisis in India: Can a therapeutic jurisprudence lens assist?

Guest blogger Nabeela Siddiqui, pursuing a Master in Laws (Constitutional Law), University of Madras, and Chennai, India writes…

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Exporting Drug Court Concepts to Traditional Court (TJ Court Craft Series #10)

Judge Jamey Hueston (Retired) writes…

On any given day, in courtrooms across the world, judges witness the unfortunate consequences of drug abuse reflected by some offenders who are in court “nodding out” from a “heroin high” while waiting for their cases to be called. A steady stream of people with untreated mental-health issues also enter courtrooms, often displaying oppositional attitudes, disruptive behavior, and cognitive dis-abilities.

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