Review of Sexual Science and the Law
Queen's Law Journal, Vol. 19, p. 465, 1993
4 Pages Posted: 17 Aug 2008
In the book Sexual Science and the Law Andrew Green tackles sex-linked themes that have become overburdened with stereotypical, intuitive, ill-informed, uninformed, and often alarmist legal reactions conditioned by conservative, parentalistic (usually paternalistic) attitudes. His review of the characteristics and origins of sexual behaviours, their consequences, and how courts have responded to them provides rich material for reflection on how courts reach decisions, the range of legitimate speculation that should influence judicial dispositions, and how laws might be reformed in light of what is known about human behaviour concerning sexual and related matters. The book also offers students and practitioners of family, criminal, and medical law a good sense of the type of expert testimony that may be invoked to explain backgrounds to events, and the foreseeable consequences of the different orders that judges can make.
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