Crime / Criminal Justice
The LSE Law Department pioneered the study and teaching of criminology in the British Isles, when Hermann Mannheim was appointed to the School in 1935. Mannheim had been a distinguished judge in Germany, and taught criminal law at the University of Berlin, before becoming a refugee from Hitler in 1934. His approach has been seminal in many ways in the School, and beyond that in academic criminal law and criminology. He was a forerunner of the projects of uniting empirical social science and doctrinal scholarship, bringing to bear a multi-disciplinary analysis. He was concerned with contributing to the development of policy, as well as criticising constructively when necessary. He pioneered comparative study of crime and criminal justice. His legacy lives on in the LSE Mannheim Centre for Criminology, founded in 1990, which brings together the research and teaching of the Law Department with a rich array of distinguished scholars in the field, in the Departments of Social Policy, Sociology, and Psychology. Fuller details of the Mannheim Centre's activities can be found on its website . Members of the Law Department and the Mannheim Centre have been heavily involved in the editing and writing of The Oxford Handbook of Criminology, the leading text in the subject, which has just been published in its fourth edition by Oxford University Press. Professors Peay, Redmayne, Reiner, Dr Melissaris, Dr Ramsay and Dr Hinton have published many texts and papers in the areas of criminal law theory, comparative study of criminal justice, mentally disordered offenders, evidence, criminal procedure, policing, media and crime, political economy of crime and criminal justice policy. The Department's teaching and scholarship in criminal law is informed by this criminological and social science expertise, as it is by engagement with other disciplinary resources such as legal and political philosophy. Several of the Department's public international lawyers have special interests in International Criminal Law, notably Dr Chaloka Beyani. They are supervising several PhD students who are conducting research on aspects of international criminal law (see Public International law). The Department runs a Criminal Law and Social Theory Project, which has monthly work in progress seminars, currently organised by Peter Ramsay. There is a monthly programme of distinguished outside speakers organised by the Mannheim Centre in conjunction with the British Society of Criminology. The Department is also closely linked with the Centre for Human Rights, and its Director Professor Conor Gearty and several of his colleagues are members of the Law Department.
Crime / Criminal Justice : Monographs
Leading monographs and textbooks by current members of faculty:-
J.Peay (ed.) Criminal Justice and the Mentally Disordered
Aldershot, Ashgate International Library 1998.
J Peay (ed.) (with Nigel Eastman) Law without Enforcement: Integrating Mental Health and Justice. Hart Publishing 1998
J.Peay Decisions and Dilemmas: Working With Mental Health Law Hart Publishing 2003.
J.Peay (ed.) Seminal Issues in Mental Health Law. Aldershot, Ashgate 2005.
M.Redmayne Expert Evidence and Criminal Justice Oxford University Press 2001.
M.Redmayne (with A.Ashworth) The Criminal Process 3rd Ed. Oxford University Press 2005.
R.Reiner The Politics of the Police 3rd Ed Oxford University Press 2000.
R.Reiner (ed. With M.Maguire and R.Morgan) The Oxford Handbook of Criminology 4th Ed. Oxford University Press 2007.
R.Reiner Law and Order: An Honest Citizen's Guide to Crime and Control Polity Press 2007.