National Laws and Their History
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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