This study focuses on analysing the meaning and relevance mental disorders have for Dutch criminal law.
The first objective is to examine the substance of the concept of ‘disorder’, in criminal law on the one hand and in the behavioural sciences on the other, and how those concepts relate to one another. The follow-up questions regard the relevance of the disorder for the concept of law penalties.
Another question posed is how the definition of disorder contained in Section 39 of the Dutch Criminal Code (‘DCC’) relates to the mental conditions that play a role in particular cases, such as those involving mental force majeure or the use of excessive force in self-defence.