Therapeutic Justice in the UK (CANCELLED)
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Unfortunately, planned University events (including social gatherings) have been cancelled with immediate effect until 31 May 2020. We’re sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Therapeutic jurisprudence – the study of the law as a therapeutic agent – focuses on the ways in which the law can either enhance or damage wellbeing. 

From its origins as a new approach to mental health law in the USA during the 1980s, it has grown into an internationally-recognised paradigm which has been applied to a broad range of topics, including policy and law-making, areas of substantive law, the actions of legal actors, the workings of the court system and the use of other forms of dispute resolution.

In 2019, the UK Chapter of the International Society for Therapeutic Jurisprudence was created and has begun to draw together knowledge about scholarship and research projects being undertaken in this area in the UK. This conference will showcase some of this research and provide a forum for discussion around current and future developments.


We are delighted to have with us to deliver the Keynote Speech Professor David Wexler of the University of Arizona, Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus of Law, Professor of Law at the University of Puerto Rico in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Distinguished Research Professor of Law, Rogers College of Law, Tucson, Arizona. Professor Wexler was one of the people who developed the concept of TJ, and is Director of the International Society for Therapeutic Jurisprudence. Key publications include Rehabilitating Lawyers: Principles of Therapeutic Jurisprudence for Criminal Law Practice (2008) and Judging in a Therapeutic Key: Therapeutic Jurisprudence and the Courts (2003) (co-editor, with Bruce J Winick).

The list of speakers includes nationally recognised speakers and the event ends with a round table discussion on issues of national and local policy and practice. The cost is £50, which includes a light buffet lunch.


  • 10:30-10:45 - Penelope Welbourne and Dr Anna Kawalek
  • 10:45-12:15 - Professor David Wexler
  • 12:15-12:45 - Dr John Stannard
  • 12:45-13:30 - Lunch provided in the foyer
  • 13:30-14:00 - Professor Nicola Glover-Thomas
  • 14:00-14:30 - Amber Turner
  • 14:30-15:00 - Joanna Shapland
  • 15:00-16:00 - Round table discussion


Penelope Welbourne (University of Plymouth), Dr Emma Jones (University of Sheffield) and Dr Anna Kawalek (Leeds Beckett University).  

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