The Psychopath as an Irrational Agent: A Canadian Criminal Law Perspective

Kévin Moustapha, The Psychopath as an Irrational Agent: A Canadian Criminal Law Perspective, (2017) 5-2 Journal of Forensic Science & Criminology 204

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to look at the capacity of psychopaths to act in a rational manner within the meaning of section 16 of the Canadian Criminal Code.  We  therefore  focus  on  certain  neuroscientific  studies  in  order  to  see  whether  they  can  inform  us  about  the  disorders that psychopaths suffer from, and whether those disorders could have an impact on their ability to act rationally. If they do, then psychopathy could be an ailment that triggers the section 16 defence of not criminally responsible owing to a mental disorder and also the implications of the Supreme Court of Canada decision in Bouchard-Lebrun.

Mis à jour le 20 juillet 2017 à 10 h 52 min.