« Justice and Leadership in Early Islamic Courts » (Rabb & Balbale, eds.)


9780674984219-lgLaw features much more prominently in the life of Islam than Christianity. This was, in some ways, a comparative advantage for the new faith. At least the leaders of Christian communities perceived it as such: in the early centuries of their encounter with Islam, Christian leaders often identified the influence the fiqh courts had in encouraging conversions within their communities. One medieval Armenian cleric, Mkhitar Gosh, even complied a Christian law code to compete with fiqh, so that Armenian Christians would have less temptation to resort to Islamic courts.

A new collection of essays from Harvard University Press, Justice and Leadership in Early Islamic Courts, addresses the history of the early Islamic courts. The editors are Intisar Rabb (Harvard Law School) and Abigail Krasner Balbale (Bard Graduate Center). Here’s the description from the Harvard website:

This book presents an in-depth exploration of the administration of justice during Islam’s…

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Le fichage en France









Bonne année – Happy New Year – Feliz Año Nuevo – عام سعيد



Bonne Année.
Je vous informe que je vais proposer mensuellement une nouvelle publication sous la forme d’un débat participatif sur un sujet traitant de la Criminologie ou de la Justice en général.
Je vous invite tous à formuler des commentaires argumentés et constructifs, dans le respect et la bienveillance.

Happy New Year.
I inform you that I will propose a monthly publication through participative debate on a subject dealing with Criminology or Justice in general.
I invite you all to make well-argued and constructive comments, with respect and kindness.

Feliz año.
Os informo que propondré una publicación mensual bajo la forma de un debate participativo sobre un tema relacionado con Criminología o Justicia en general.
Os invito a todos a hacer comentarios bien argumentados y constructivos, con respeto y amabilidad.

عام سعيد.
وأحيطكم علما بأنني سأقترح إصدار نشرة شهرية في شكل مناقشة تشاركية بشأن موضوع يتناول « علم الجريمة أو العدالة » بصفة عامة.
أدعوكم جميعا إلى إبداء تعليقات جادة وبناءة، مع الاحترام والعطف.

Killer Instinct



I dedicate this blog post to the last Robert Ressler and his associate in Forensic Behavioral Services International, Mark Safarik, I was glad to discover, unlikely before Mr Ressler’s death.

In France, although many cold cases still remain unsolved by the police, profiling seems to be quite unknown or ostracized, as it is considered as « psychological trickery » or because of the lack of education about this skill and the decrease of human ressources among lawyers and investigators.


I wish Killer Instinct could be broadcasted on french TV, so people could judge accurately and overcome initial bias to consider profiling usefull to solve those criminal affairs.

To know more about Mark Safarik and FBS International:



Veille Cyber N160 – 18 décembre 2017


CyberStratégie – CyberDéfense – CyberSécurité

Lettre Cyber 160

Alors, quoi de neuf dans l’actualité cyber du 11 au 17 décembre 2017 …

… cette semaine a été notamment marquée par la présentation en conseil des ministres d’un projet de loi relatif à la protection des données personnelles dans le contexte de la mise en place du règlement européen (RGPD) le 25 mai prochain. Le projet, bien évidemment, porte les fondamentaux du RGPD, notamment le renforcement du pouvoir de sanction de la CNIL, mais en même temps, il précise certaines dispositions, légifère sur certains points, comme le règlement le permet.

Il prévoit notamment de nouvelles missions pour la Commission, la coopération entre celle-ci et les autres autorités européennes, le traitement de données particulièrement sensibles (données génétiques, biométriques …), les données de santé, lamodification, la remise en cause des formalités préalables à la mise en œuvre des traitements, les obligations…

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Guest Blogger: Katherine Ramsland, Ph.D.: Review of Criminology of Homicidal Poisoning

The Crime Fiction Writer's Blog


The Subtle Art of Poisoning

Expert discusses investigative criminological toxicology.

In 1993, Glenn Turner, a police officer in Georgia, named his wife, Lynn, as the beneficiary on his life insurance policy. After she began an affair with a firefighter named Randy Thompson, Turner grew sick and died. The medical examiner ruled it natural. Lynn quickly moved in with Randy. He purchased a life insurance policy but her overspending threatened a potential rift. Pretty soon, he, too, was sick. When he died, it was another “natural death.”

The mothers of these men joined forces and got a new investigation. By the fall of 2001, it became clear that both men had been poisoned with ethylene glycol, i.e., antifreeze, which causes organ failure. Lynn was arrested. An abundance of circumstantial and behavioral evidence linked her to the deaths, and the “black widow” was found guilty. In 2010, she committed suicide in prison…

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