Pleading insanity:

mental illness, crime and the law

How does mental illness excuse crime? Should it? This talk explores the intersection of crime and mental illness, an uneasy terrain colonised by both the legal and medical professions. Covering issues such as responsibility, autonomy, culpability, mitigation and punishment, this talk examines the tensions and challenges this complex territory throws up for individual and social justice.




Arlie Loughnan is Associate Professor and Australian Research Council (ARC) Postdoctoral Fellow, Faculty of Law, University of Sydney. Arlie joined the faculty in 2007, after completing a Masters of Law (LLM) at New York University (NYU) and a PhD at London School of Economics (LSE). Her particular interests are constructions of criminal responsibility and non-responsibility, the interaction of legal and expert medical knowledge, and the historical development of criminal law. She is the author of Manifest Madness: Mental Incapacity in Criminal Law (Oxford University Press, 2012).

6:30 PM @ Trinity Bar 

* Entrance over 18