Civil commitment and review : tensions in law and in practice

Neville Robert Barber

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    [Truncated] Mental health law can be seen as a contradiction in terms. Mental health as a phenomenon is difficult to articulate, incapable of precise definition, and relatively subjective in nature. Some indeed suggest that there is no such thing as mental illness. In contrast, law, at least in its traditional formulation, is considered to be clear and precise. Law is reliant upon and seeks to achieve clarity by use of deductive and logical reasoning processes. As these precepts are frequently antithetical to the precepts of mental health and mental illness, from the outset there is inherent tension within the concept of 'mental health law'.
    Original languageEnglish
    QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
    Awarding Institution
    • The University of Western Australia
    Publication statusUnpublished - 2002

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