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FILUR - Philosophical Investigations in Forensic Psychiatry

Principal Investigators: Henrik Anckarsäter, Christian Munthe och Susanna Radovic

The project analyses and evaluates both the current Swedish model regarding the handling of mentally disturbed criminal offenders and the proposals made by Psykansvarskommittén 2002 (SOU 2002:3) and Psykiatrilagsutredningen in 2012 (SOU 2012:17).

Sweden and a few other regions in the world have a system that does not allow acquittal on grounds of reduced accountability. According to Swedish law, an offender who has committed a crime under the influence of a severe mental disorder (a medico-legal concept), cannot (unless certain circumstances prevail) be sentenced to prison, and involuntary psychiatric treatment could in these cases replace prison as sanction. Numerous arguments have spoken against the current Swedish system, and the search for an alternative has long been in process. The re-introduction of accountability as a requisite for criminal convictions has been called for by most participants in the debate, including several parliamentary committees, the latest issued in April 2012.

The project investigates how the Swedish model as well as political debate concerning the handling of mentally disordered offenders have incorporated heterogeneous ideas of criminal responsibility, the function of a criminal justice system, causes behind criminal acts, freedom of will and the nature of mental disorders. The project is inter-disciplinary and on a theoretical level the study entails philosophical conceptual analysis with focus on how concepts are used in different practical contexts. Data consists of legal and regulatory documents from 1965 up to today, as well as self-reports from clients within Swedish prison and probation services.

Publications

Anckarsäter H, Radovic S, Svennerlind C, Höglund P, Radovic F. (2009). Mental disorder is a cause of crime: the cornerstone of forensic psychiatry. International Journal of Law and Psychiatry; 32(6):342-347.

Höglund P, Levander S, Anckarsäter H, Radovic S. (2009). Accountability and psychiatric disorders: how do forensic psychiatric professionals think? International Journal of Law and Psychiatry 32(6):355-361.

Kindström Dahlin M, Hellner Gumpert C, Torstensson-Levander M, Svensson L, Radovic S. Mentally disordered criminal offenders: Legal and criminological perspectives. International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, 2009 Nov-Dec;32(6):377-382.

Malmgren H, Radovic S, Thorén H, Haglund B. (2010). A philosophical view of concepts in psychiatry International Journal of Law and Psychiatry 33(2): 66-72.

Nilsson T, Munthe C, Gustavsson C, Forsman A, Anckarsäter H. (2009). The Precarious Practice of Forensic Psychiatric Risk Assessments. International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, 32 (6): 400-407.

Radovic S, Anckarsäter H. (2009). (eds). Tillräknelighet: filosofiska, psykiatriska och rättsliga aspekter. Lund: Studentlitteratur.

Radovic, S., Svennerlind, C., Nilsson, T., Andiné, P., Forsman, A., & H. Anckarsäter, (2012) Forensic psychiatry in Sweden: The handling of mentally disordered criminal offenders - the Swedish system. The Nordic Psychiatrist, 1 (1) s. 24-25.

Radovic, S., & P. Höglund. Explanations for violent behaviour– An interview study among forensic in-patients. (Accepted for publication in International Journal of Law and Psychiatry)

Mentally disordered criminal offenders in the Swedish criminal system. (2010) Svennerlind, C., Nilsson, T., Kerekes, N., Andiné, P., Lagerkvist, M., Forsman, A., Anckarsäter, H., Malmgren, H. International Journal of Law and Psychiatry 33 (2010) 220–226

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