To fully grasp the complexity of many criminal justice matters, much research would benefit from closer ties between legal and empirical scholarship. By exploring the concept of discretion this blog makes a claim for more interdisciplinary research.
Following the withdrawal of charges against Uhuru Kenyatta at the ICC, parallels can be seen with the trial of Thomas Lubanga when assessing the Court’s legitimacy. Clearly there is a need to move away from legal absolutism and towards a balancing method.
‘The Troubles’ of Northern Ireland instilled public fear and anxiety with lasting consequences in not one, but three jurisdictions. But how lasting? Here, I will assess the success of the transfer of RUC policing policy to both the UK and Ireland.