From Beyond the Grave: The Legal Regulation of Mediumship

International Journal of Law in Context, 8,1 pp. 97-114, 2012

U. of Westminster School of Law Research Paper No. 12-03

19 Pages Posted: 14 May 2012 Last revised: 15 May 2012

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Steve Greenfield

University of Westminster - School of Law

Guy Osborn

University of Westminster - School of Law

Stephanie Roberts

University of Westminster - School of Law

Date Written: 2012

Abstract

In recent years there has been an increased interest in mediumship. This has been part of a broader fascination with paranormal issues that has been fostered by new modes of dissemination and communication. This article focuses upon attempts made by the criminal law to regulate mediums, and, in particular, the disjunction between the ‘genuine medium’ and the ‘vulnerable consumer’. It charts historical approaches of the law and provides a critique of the current legal landscape, including the new regulatory framework under the Unfair Commercial Practice Regulations 2008, and the possibility of an action under the Fraud Act 2006. It concludes that the law has continually struggled to adequately deal with this phenomenon, and that the current regime is likely to prove similarly ineffective given the fundamental conceptual legal problem of proving what may be un-provable.

Keywords: mediumship, regulation, Unfair Commercial Practice Regulations, Fraud Act

Suggested Citation

Greenfield, Steve and Osborn, Guy and Roberts, Stephanie, From Beyond the Grave: The Legal Regulation of Mediumship (2012). International Journal of Law in Context, 8,1 pp. 97-114, 2012, U. of Westminster School of Law Research Paper No. 12-03, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2057717

Steve Greenfield

University of Westminster - School of Law ( email )

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Guy Osborn (Contact Author)

University of Westminster - School of Law ( email )

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United Kingdom

Stephanie Roberts

University of Westminster - School of Law ( email )

4-12 Little Titchfield Street
London, W1W 7UW
United Kingdom

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