An Introduction to Comparative Legal Models of Criminal Justice

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CRC Press, Jun 11, 2008 - Law - 352 pages
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While in Plato’s time there may have been some truth to his belief that there can only be "one single justice, and one single law," such is not the case today. Criminal justice systems vary widely across the world in their approaches to the problem of crime. Bringing together the collective wisdom of Cliff Roberson and Dilip K. Das, two world-renowned experts and university professors who have been involved in the criminal justice system for over thirty years, An Introduction to Comparative Legal Models of Criminal Justice presents the theme that a country’s legal model to a great extent determines the character of its police and corrections as well as its legal system. This book examines these different systems and is a useful reference guide for all criminal justice professionals.

Examines Various Approaches

The book begins with a brief overview of the five legal models. The continental (civil) system, characterized by an inquisitorial nature and practiced in most European countries, is discussed, followed by the common law model, which is known for its adversarial quality and is used in most English-speaking countries. The religion-based Islamic system and the rehabilitation-oriented Marxist system are also profiled. Those systems that are still emerging or are hybrid in nature are characterized as mixed. In some cases, the secretive nature of certain countries’ methods, especially those using extreme punishments, necessitated reliance on reports published by the U.S. State Department.

By examining how other societies deal with problems of justice, criminal justice professionals will gain insight as to which police and corrections methods are likely to be the most successful in their jurisdictions, and which will create more problems than they solve.


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Chapter 1 An Introduction to the Study of Comparative Legal Models
The Courts
Chapter 3 Policing and Corrections under the Common Law Model
The Courts
Chapter 5 Policing and Corrections under the Civil Law Model
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Chapter 7 Policing and Corrections under the Islamic Legal Model
Chapter 10 Mixed Law Models
Chapter 11 International Courts
Chapter 12 International Criminal Justice Agencies and Associations
ICC Arrest Warrant for Thomas Lubanga Dyilo
First Appearance before the International Criminal Court in Case of Prosecutor v Thomas Lubanga Dyilo
Excerpts from the United Nations Global CounterTerrorism Strategy Resolution Sixtieth Session Resolution Adopted by the General Assembly

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Chapter 9 Policing and Corrections under the Socialist Law Model
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In 2009, a research study conducted by a group of professors from Sam Houston State University determined that Cliff Roberson was the leading criminal justice author in the United States based upon on his publications and their relevance to the profession.
—Southwest Journal of Criminal Justice, Vol.6, issue 1, 2009

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