Adversarial versus Inquisitorial Justice

Psychological Perspectives on Criminal Justice Systems

  • Peter J. van Koppen
  • Steven D. Penrod

Part of the Perspectives in Law & Psychology book series (PILP, volume 17)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Peter J. Van Koppen, Steven D. Penrod
    Pages 1-19
  3. Hans F. M. Crombag
    Pages 21-25
  4. John Monahan
    Pages 81-89
  5. Corine De Ruiter, Martin Hildebrand
    Pages 91-106
  6. Harald Merckelbach
    Pages 119-130
  7. Ingrid M. Cordon, Gail S. Goodman, Stacey J. Anderson
    Pages 167-189
  8. Siegfried L. Sporer, Brian L. Cutler
    Pages 191-208
  9. Petra T. C. Van Kampen
    Pages 209-234
  10. Michael J. Saks
    Pages 235-244
  11. Claudia Knörnschild, Peter J. Van Koppen
    Pages 255-282
  12. Ruth Hoekstra, Marijke Malsch
    Pages 333-346
  13. Peter J. Van Koppen, Steven D. Penrod
    Pages 347-367
  14. Back Matter
    Pages 369-437

About this book


This is the first volume that directly compares the practices of adversarial and inquisitorial systems of law from a psychological perspective. It aims at understanding why American and European continental systems differ so much, while both systems entertain much support in their communities. In the chapters it is demonstrated how the different systems chose different solutions for many of the same problems and how the solutions are related to the typical characteristics of the adversarial and the inquisitorial systems of criminal law. Particular emphasis is placed on problems addressed by psychological researchers and practitioners in the two systems. Chapters cover topics including: police investigative techniques, risk assessment, the death penalty, recovered memories, child witnesses, line-up practices, expert witnesses, trial procedures, and lay versus judge decision making. The book is written for advanced audiences in psychology and law.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Peter J. van Koppen
    • 1
    • 2
  • Steven D. Penrod
    • 3
  1. 1.Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law EnforcementLeidenthe Netherlands
  2. 2.Department of LawUniversity of AntwerpAntwerpBelgium
  3. 3.John Jay College of Criminal JusticeNew YorkUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, New York 2003
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4613-4832-0
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4419-9196-6
  • Series Print ISSN 0160-4422
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