Dementia Justice is pleased to report that at this year's upcoming Law and Society Association conference in Toronto, there will be a session on criminal justice and dementia. The panel will be part of the Aging, Law & Society Collaborative Research Network stream.
Presenters will include Dementia Justice advisory board members Professor Adelina Iftene (Dalhousie University) and Helene Love (University of Toronto), Dementia Justice director Heather Campbell (Queen's University), as well as Dr. Brad Booth (University of Ottawa) and Andria Bianchi (University of Waterloo). The discussant will be Colleen Berryessa (University of Pennsylvania).
The session particulars* are as follows:
Dementia: A New Frontier in Criminal Justice
Thursday, June 7, 2018
2:45 PM - 4:30 PM
Dementia is one of the greatest societal challenges of the 21st century. An estimated 131.5 million people worldwide will have the condition by 2050. Given this number, it is expected that more people with dementia will be present at all stages of the criminal justice system. This multidisciplinary panel will explore several emerging concerns that dementia poses to courts, corrections, and care providers. A forensic psychiatrist will discuss older sexual offenders and risk factors such as dementia. An applied philosophy scholar will explore the ethical considerations of sex between persons with dementia. Legal scholars will discuss homicidal behaviour by persons with dementia; the impact of advanced age on judicial assessments of witnesses; and the consequences of prolonged incarceration on persons with dementia.
Colleen Berryessa, University of Pennsylvania
Access to Early Release for Individuals with Dementia Incarcerated in Canada: Challenges and Consequences
Professor Adelina Iftene, Dalhousie University
Are older witnesses more credible? Exploring the impact of advanced age on the judicial assessment of witnesses
Helene Love, University of Toronto
Black and White? The Ethics of Sex and Dementia
Andria Bianchi, University of Waterloo
Elderly Sexual Offenders
Dr. Brad Booth, University of Ottawa
The Vulnerable Killer: Homicidal Behaviour by Persons with Dementia
Heather Campbell, Queen's University
Dementia Justice is also pleased to share that advisory board member Professor Margaret Hall (Thompson Rivers University) will be on the panel, Critical Approaches to Mental and Legal Capacity. Professor Hall's presentation is entitled, "'Vulnerability is being incapable in a context you can’t handle': rethinking guardianship as a re-calibration of the relationship between context and self (Relational Autonomy and Vulnerability Theory (Making it Real)."
The conference runs from June 7 to 10, 2018. The keynote speaker will be The Honourable Rosalie Silberman Abella of the Supreme Court of Canada. For further details, please visit the conference website.
*Subject to change.