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Speaker Series: Jamie Rowen - Political Science, University of Massachusetts Amherst

  • When: January 23, 2019, 12–1:30 pm
  • Where: ABF Woods Conference Room, 750 N. Lake Shore Drive, 4th Floor, Lakeside, Chicago IL 60611

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Thank You for Your Service: The Purposes and Practices of Veterans Treatment Courts

This talk focuses on a book project explaining the ongoing creation of Veterans Treatment Courts (VTCs)—specialized courts designed to provide criminal justice alternatives and social services to veterans with substance abuse and mental health disorders. Well over 500 of these new treatment courts have been formed in the past decade. VTCs signify a departure from earlier courts that focus on particular behaviors and activities, such as drug abuse or prostitution, towards a population deemed deserving of this criminal justice option because of their military experience. 

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Jamie Rowen's research focuses on law and society, transitional justice, international criminal law, social movements, and international and comparative methods. Dr. Rowen's current projects examine the confluence of domestic immigration and international criminal law within the Department of Homeland Security, as well as purpose and practice of Veterans Treatment Courts, specialized courts that provide social services and substance abuse treatment for U.S. veterans in the criminal justice system.

Dr. Rowen's book, Searching for Truth in the Transitional Justice Movement (Cambridge University Press 2017) focuses on the emergence of transitional justice as an idea in international and domestic scholarship, policy making, and advocacy, and efforts to make truth commissions in the Balkans, Colombia and the United States. Her scholarship on the production and implementation of transitional justice and international criminal law has been published in Law and Social Inquiry, International Journal of Transitional Justice, Human Rights Quarterly, Journal of International Law and International Relations, Encyclopedia of Law and Behavioral Science, among other outlets. 

Over the past decade, Dr. Rowen has studied religion and post-conflict justice in Vietnam, developed life skills educational programs for orphans and vulnerable children in South Africa, studied refugee health in Morocco, and examined human rights protections in Latin America with the Inter-American Institute for Human Rights in Costa Rica. She received a J.D. from Berkeley School of Law in 2009, a Ph.D. from the Jurisprudence and Social Policy Program at Berkeley School of Law in 2012, and was a doctoral fellow at the American Bar Foundation in 2012-2013. Prior to her current position in legal studies at UMass, Dr. Rowen taught in the Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies  at the University of Toronto. 

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