Symposium Forensic Commitment, Reasonableness * Responsibility * Human Rights

Bernd-Christian Funk
Institute for Public and Administrative Law
Katharina Rueprecht
Elisabeth Kammerlander
Victims‘ Mission Charity Society
Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Human Rights
to the Symposium
Forensic Commitment
Reasonableness * Responsibility * Human Rights

on Wednesday,
20 November 2013
Juridicum, top floor
Universität Wien
Rechtswissenschaftliche Fakultät

1010 Wien, Schottenbastei 10-16
Conference Language is German
9:00 – 9:10:
welcome address
Univ.-Prof. Dr. Manfred NOWAK
Univ.-Prof. Dr. Bernd-Christian FUNK
Model and Reality
9:10 – 9:30:
Life-long Confinement for a Personality Disorder?
Committing Mentally Abnormal Offenders as a Factical Preventative Detention
Univ.-Prof. Dr. Alois BIRKLBAUER, Head of the Dept. of Practice of Poenology and Medical Criminal Law of the Johannes Kepler Universität Linz
9:30 –9:40:
Conditional Institutionalisation – a Forgotten Option?
Dr. Astrid WAGNER, Rechtsanwältin
10:00 –10:10 :
10:10 – 10:30 :
Probation as a Procedure – as It Ought Be and as It Is
Dr. Katharina RUEPRECHT, em. attorney
10:30 – 10:40 :
Coffee break
11:00 – 11:20 :
Probation Procedure under the Aspect of Fundamental Rights
em. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Bernd-Christian FUNK, Universität Wien, Universität Linz
11:20 – 11:30 :
Reasonableness and Ideas
11:30 – 11:50 :
Forensic Commitment under the Aspect of Human Rights
Univ. – Prof. Dr. Manfred NOWAK, Professor for International Law and Human Rights at Universität Wien, Co-Director of the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Human Rights, head of a Besuchskommission of the People’s Attorneyship, former UN special reporter on torture
11:50 – 12:00 :
12:00 – 12:20 :
On the Archaeology of Forensic Commitment, § 21 Abs. 2 StGB – The Healing Power of State Authority
DSA Albert HOLZBAUER, Social worker, Lecturer at the Fachhochschule Linz, Dept. of Health and Social Affairs
12:20 – 12:30 :
1:30 – 1:50 :
Sense and Senselessness of Punishment and Measures
DDDr. Franz LANGMAYR, em. attorney
1:50 – 2:00 :
Country Comparison
2:00 – 2:20 :
A Glance Outward: What Can Forensic Commitment Learn from a Look over Country Borders?
Prof. Dr. med. Norbert NEDOPIL, Forensic Psychiatry,
Psychiatr. Clinic & Polyclinic of the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
2:20 – 2:30 :
2:30 – 2:50 :
The Regulation and Work of Expert Witnesses
Prof. Dr. Nikolaus LEHNER, em. attorney
2:50 – 13:00 :
3:00 – 3:20 :
Transparency and the Justification of Psychiatric Certification in Austria – from an Attorney’s Perspective
Dr. Helmut SCHOTT, attorney
3:20 – 3:30 :
coffee break
4:00 – 4:20 :
The Sound of Science: Sources of Diagnostic Error in Forensic Psychological Certification in Austria –
Mag. Dr. rer. nat. Klaus BURTSCHER,
Clinical neuropsychologist, court appointed expert witness, forensic psychologist
4:20 – 4:30 :
Forced Therapy
4:30 – 4:50 :
Forced Therapy in Forensic Commitment: What Is It, Why Does It Exist, How Is It Managed and Who Is at the Receiving End? And What if It Did Not Exist?
Dr. Patrick FROTTIER, Medical Specialist for Psychiatry and
Psychotherapeutic Medicine, Child – and Juvenile Psychiatrist, head of the Conciliar Liaison Service for Children and Youth in Danger of Crisis at Vienna Psychosocial Services
4:50 –5:00 :
5:00 – 6:00 :
Closing discussion
Moderation: Elisabeth KAMMERLANDER and Katharina RUEPRECHT
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Forensic commitment is one of the most mysterious, constitutionally most unclear and politically most often ignored topics of the Republic. (People’s attorney Terezija Stoisits) The public usually only hears that someone is committed to an “institution for mentally abnormal offenders”. What the public does not find out, however, is that these special institutions are overfilled and that these persons are consequently put into normal poenal institutions, where hardly any psychological help at all is offered, but often (forced) “sedation”. The period of forensic commitment is not limited. Furthermore, the number of forensic commitments increases constantly. The end of a forensic commitment is left to court discretion. The criminal proceedings are explicitly legally bound to poenal law, but in practice they are quite different.
“They beat me severely, pinned me to the floor and then gave me the shots. Dapotum Depot 200 mg. Every fourteen days.“
“And then they beat you again and pinned you to the floor?”
“No. Not after that. Then they only threatened to. Then I no longer resisted.”
From the book: Staatsgewalt. Die Schattenseiten des Rechtsstaates
by Katharina Rueprecht and Bernd-Christian Funk


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