Forthcoming article: “On Anger, Shock, Fear, and Trauma: Therapeutic Jurisprudence as a Response to Dignity Denials in Public Policy”

Dear readers, later this year the International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, the peer-reviewed journal of the International Academy of Law and Mental Health, will publish my article, “On Anger, Shock, Fear, and Trauma: Therapeutic Jurisprudence as a Response to Dignity Denials in Public Policy.” Here’s the abstract:

This article asserts that when policymaking processes, outcomes, and implementations stoke fear, anxiety, and trauma, they often lead to denials of human dignity. It cites as prime examples the recent actions of America’s current federal government concerning immigration and health care. As a response, I urge that therapeutic jurisprudence should inform both the processes of policymaking and the design of public policy, trained on whether human dignity, psychological health, and well-being are advanced or diminished. I also discuss three methodologies that will help to guide those who want to engage legislation in a TJ-informed manner. Although achieving this fundamental shift will not be easy, we have the raw analytical and intellectual tools to move wisely in this direction.

If you’d like to read my author’s draft of the piece in a pdf, you may download it without charge from my Social Science Research Network page, here.

2 responses

  1. I know a wonderful couple in Missouri who have suffered greatly due to a serial sadist’s torture of their dogs. Please, if anyone knows of a truly “solid” and canny civil-rights attorney there, please contact Dani[elle] Johnson in Chain-o-Lakes, Mo., via Facebook, phone, etc., or me via Mass. 508 .287, 8301. A thousand thanks.

    • All three Labs had to be put down. Torturer left two of dogs in own next-door neighbors’ yard, one on lakefront in front of her home., where she rns “family-friendly,” “pet-friendly” “campground”. It had been “open for season” two weeks that day.

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