Alternative Dimensions to a Comparative Justice Syllabus

Rob Mawby, University of Plymouth

Based on the presenter's experience of teaching comparative policing and comparative justice over the last 15 years, this paper addresses two dimensions to syllabus content. The first distinguishes between criminal justice systems in different countries and criminal justice issues addressed in a comparative context. The second distinguishes beteen countries that are considered 'foreign' and those that are generally ignored in comparative work as being 'too close to home'. In the latter case, the paper focuses on other parts of the British Isles (Scotland; Northern Iteland; and the Channel Islands) that have their own distinctive criminal justice systems but are normally subsumed -- by U.S. and many U.K. commentators -- within a mythical 'British' model.

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