Therapeutic Jurisprudence and Terrorism

27 Pages Posted: 30 Oct 2008

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Edgardo Rotman

University of Miami - School of Law

Date Written: October 29, 2008


Terrorist violence perpetrated by states, non-state actors, individuals, or private groups ''jolts elementary human consciousness.'' Most shocking is the arbitrary murder of uninvolved parties for the sake of propaganda. In addition, terrorism grievously affects survivors, victims' families, the community in general, and even the terrorists themselves.

Therapeutic jurisprudence attempts to use the law as a therapeutic agent. For this purpose, it has developed a strong interdisciplinary component that has broadened understanding of law's social impact. This understanding is particularly necessary for an adequate legal response to the challenge of terrorism and its devastating psychological effects.

Suggested Citation

Rotman, Edgardo, Therapeutic Jurisprudence and Terrorism (October 29, 2008). University of Miami Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2008-33, Available at SSRN: or

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