University of Sunderland
Mental Disorder and Criminal justice Conference

Saturday 12th October 2013

Northumbria University
     

Scientific and legal conceptions of mental disorder and the role and function of the criminal justice system

Conference Programme

10.00

Registration and Refreshments

10.15

Welcome from Kevin Kerrigan
(Room CCE1-401)
(Faculty of Business and Law Executive Dean, Northumbria University)

10.25

1843 and all that...
HHJ Prince

10.55 The Law Commission discussion Paper: the background to the project. Professor David Ormerod QC (The Law Commission)

11.15

A welcome from the Conference Organisers, Nicola Wake and Ben Livings

11.30 - 13:00

Parallel Sessions 1

 

Stream A: Unfitness to Plead (Diversion/Disposal)
(Room CCE1-401)
(Chair: Kevin Kerrigan)

 

1

Impaired Mental Capacity of Defendants: A Statutory Code or Judicial Fine-Tuning?
Professor Rudi Fortson QC

 

2

The Mental Health Initiative at the Crown Court at Newcastle upon Tyne
HHJ Goss QC

 

3

Newcastle Crown Court Mental Health Service
Ann Creaby-Attwood and Dr Rajesh Nadkarni

 

Stream B: Insanity/Automatism
(Room CCE1-402)
(Chairs: Nicola Wake and Ben Livings)

 

1

Philosophical Foundations of the Insanity Defence
Dr John Stanton-Ife

 

2

The Insanity Defence in Operation
Professor Ronnie Mackay

 

3

Responding to the Law Commission
Natalie Wortley and Adam Jackson

 

Stream C: Partial Responsibility
(Room CCE1-403)
(Chair: Tony Storey)

 

1

Diminished Responsibility Manslaughter as a Hybrid Legal Form
Dr Arlie Loughnan

 

2

'Mercy Killers' and Partial Defences: The Role of Diminished Responsibility Defence
Dr Matt Gibson

13.00 - 14.00

Lunch

14.00 - 15.30

Parallel sessions 2

 

Stream A: Unfitness to Plead (Diversion/Disposal)
(Room CCE1-401)
(Chair: Adam Jackson)

 

1

Issues to Consider when Assessing Unfitness to Plead in Young People
Dr Claire Dimond and Dr Tina Irani

 

2

Fitness to Plead, Pre-Trial Detention, Special Trial Procedures and Sentencing of Mentally Ill Defendants in German Criminal Law
Professor Michael Bohlander

 

3

'Special Hearings' under New Zealand's Criminal Procedure (Mentally Impaired Persons) Act 2003
Professor Warren Brookbanks

 

Stream B: Insanity/Automatism
(Room CCE1-402)
(Chairs: Nicola Wake and Ben Livings)

  1 Reforming Insanity and Automatism: Comparative Perspectives
Professor James Chalmers

 

2

An Overview of the Effect of Mental Illness under US Criminal Law
Professor Paul H Robinson

 

3

Mental State Defences and Neuroscience: A Cautionary Note
Professor Stephen Morse

 

Stream C: Partial Responsibility
(Room CCE1-403)
(Chairs: Professor Alan Reed and Emma Smith)

 

1

Partial Responsibility, Culpability and Moral Agency
Helen Howard

 

2

Youth, Competence and Criminal Culpability
Dr Ray Arthur

15.30 - 16.00

Refreshments

16.00 - 17.30

Roundtable discussion (Room CCE1-401)
(Chair: Professor Alan Reed)

17.30

A Vote of Thanks from George Scott (Room CCE1-401)
(High Sheriff, Tyne and Wear)

17.45

Close from Professor Alan Reed (Room CCE1-401)
(Associate Dean for Research and Innovation, Northumbria University)

18.00 onwards

Wine reception

 

 

 

 

 

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