The Therapeutic Application of the Law & the need for ‘Amicus Justitia’ Briefs

Therapeutic Jurisprudence founder David B. Wexler writes… 

Since I wrote my essay New Wine in New Bottles  where the legal landscape or code provisions were thought of as “bottles” and the developing TJ practices and techniques were thought of as the new “wine” or “liquid”, I have been thinking about how some new types of legal writing are in order.

The New Wine article spoke fancifully about the need to sketch a TJ “code” (scare quotes intentional) of proposed criminal processes and practices, where the hypothetically blackletter TJ-friendly provisions could be accompanied by a “commentary” section detailing how TJ practices could be poured into the code provisions.  A TJ-friendly provision, therefore, speaks only of the law’s potential to be applied therapeutically: to live up to its therapeutic potential, legal actors (judges, lawyers, others) need to use the types of TJ practices that the so-called friendly law would allow.

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Therapeutic Jurisprudence and Environmental Law – One Missing Link

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Guest blogger Professor Emeritus of Law, Michael Perlin, writes:

One of my puzzlements is why we in the therapeutic jurisprudence (TJ) community have made so few inroads in the areas of environmental law and protection.

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New report on drug law reform: an evidenced based approach

Breaking news in drug law reform:  The Parliament of Victoria, Law Reform, Road and Community Safety Committee has released the Inquiry into Drug Law Reform Report.

After significant community consultation and expert advice, the report’s findings and recommendations propose that future reform be evidenced based and multidisciplinary.  Concepts that are at the heart of therapeutic jurisprudence…

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Procedural fairness bench card (TJ Court Craft Series #11)

A new bench card on procedural fairness has been developed by the American Judges Association, the Center for Court Innovation, the National Center for State Courts, and the National Judicial College.

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Therapeutic Jurisprudence in Rome 2019!


The XXXVIth International Congress on Law and Mental Health, hosted by the International Academy of Law and Mental Health (IALMH), will take place in Rome from the 21st to the 27th of July, 2019.

There will be a dedicated Therapeutic Jurisprudence (TJ) stream at the congress.  This is a great opportunity to share ideas with people from many different disciplines who are interested in improving laws and legal systems.


You can submit an abstract for an individual or a panel session for the TJ stream.

Please note that there are separate forms for submissions to the Therapeutic Jurisprudence stream.   TJ Abstract forms are available here.  For the TJ Stream please the TJ individual or session forms.  Please supply keywords, especially for individual submissions so the TJ stream organisers can group like-topics.

Questions about the TJ Stream abstract process: Amy Campbell at or Kathy Cerminara at

Congress logistics or other general congress queries: see the Congress website or contac the Congress organisers:


Become part of the International Therapeutic Jurisprudence community. Join the International Society for Therapeutic Jurisprudence!   

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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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