National Laws and Their History

  • Vicenç Tort-HerrandoEmail author
  • Nicoleta Tataru
  • Fernando-Luis Barrios-Flores


This chapter has attempted to focus on general/historical aspects of the legislation related to forensic patients in Europe. However, apart from forensic laws or penal codes, forensic psychiatric care is highly influenced by health systems and funding that widely vary from country to country in Europe. Another important topic that influences the forensic care is international human rights and ethical conventions that have a great impact on national laws.

We must also stress the importance of research and training in forensic psychiatry, including ethical and human rights issues.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Vicenç Tort-Herrando
    • 1
    Email author
  • Nicoleta Tataru
    • 2
  • Fernando-Luis Barrios-Flores
    • 3
  1. 1.Unitat Polivalent de Psiquiatria CP Quatre Camins and Unitat de Psiquiatria CPHB, PSSJD.BarcelonaSpain
  2. 2.Psychiatry Ambulatory ClinicOradeaRomania
  3. 3.Área de Derecho Administrativo, Universidad de AlicanteAlicanteSpain

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