Biography

Leon joined the School of Law as a Lecturer in January 2018. He holds an LLB (first class honours) (2006) from the University of Leicester, an MA in Socio-Legal and Criminological Research (distinction) and Ph.D. in mental health law (criminal context) (both funded by the ESRC) from the University of Nottingham. Prior to joining the School of Law, Leon taught criminal law and mental health law at King’s College London and the University of Birmingham.  He has also been a seminar leader in land law and equity and trusts at the University of Nottingham.

Research and scholarship

Leon researches in the field of mental health law (mainly the criminal context), criminal law, medical law and, increasingly, speaks psychoanalytic concepts to legal decision-making and criminal responsibility. He is particularly interested in governance of personality disorders in law and medicine, and the regulation of sexual freedom by the criminal law.

Since 2018, Leon has been commissioned by the Home Office to work on the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse ('The Truth Project').

Leon is an external examiner on the LLM programme at the LSE (Mental health law: The criminal context).

Teaching

Undergraduate:

  • Criminal Law
  • Land Law

Postgraduate:

  • Medical Ethics and Law
  • Safeguarding Adults: Law, Policy and Practice

McRae, L. (in press) Containing them, liberating us: The shadow of the criminal psychopath. In: Taylor, P., Morley, S., Powell, J. & Green (eds), Mental Health and Punishments: Critical Perspectives in Theory and Practice. Abingdon: Routledge.

McRae, L. (2019) Blaming Rape on Sleep: A Psychoanalytic Intervention. International Journal of law and Psychiatry, 62, 135-147 (14,500 words).

McRae, L. (2018) ‘Forensic neuro-psychology in the criminal court: A socio-legal perspective’. In: A. Beech, A. J. Carter, R. Mann & P. Rothstein (eds). The Wiley Handbook of Forensic Neuroscience. John Wiley & Sons: Chichester, pp. 389-419.

McRae, L. (2016) Severe Personality Disorder, treatment engagement and the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012: What you need to know. Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology, 27(4), 477-488.

McRae, L. (2015) The Offender Personality Disorder Pathway: Rehabilitating risk? Medical Law Review23(3), 321-347 (14,000 words).

McRae, L. (2014) M’Naghten Rules, Just Deserts, and Expert Witnesses. In: P. Taylor, K. Corteen and S. Morley (eds). A Companion to Criminal Justice, Mental Health and Risk. The Policy Press: University of Bristol.

McRae, L. (2013) Mental health nursing: The legal perspective. In: J. Tingle & A. Cribb (eds). Nursing Law and Ethics. Wiley-Blackwell, 4th ed., pp. 201-235.

McRae, L. (2013) Admitting offenders with antisocial personality disorder to a medium secure unit: a qualitative examination of multidisciplinary team decision making. Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology, 24(2):  215-232.   

McRae, L. (2013) Rehabilitating antisocial personalities: treatment through self-governance strategies. Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology, 24(1): 48-70. ** Winner of the Institute of Mental Health Best Overall Publication flowing from work during doctoral studies or as part of a doctoral dissertation.

McRae, L. (2009) Withholding medical records without explanation: A Foucauldian reading of public interest. Medical Law Review 17, pp. 438-446.

McRae, L. (2009) Assessing the viability of treatment rights for offenders with personality disorder: substance or substantive? Personality and Mental Health 3(3), pp. 172-182 (7,500 words).

 

Selected Publications

  • Mcrae LM. 2016. Severe personality disorder, treatment engagement and the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012: what you need to know. Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology, vol. 27(4), 476-488. doi> full text>
  • McRae L. 2018. Blaming rape on sleep: A psychoanalytic intervention. International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, vol. 62, 135-147. link> doi>
  • McRae L. 2015. THE OFFENDER PERSONALITY DISORDER PATHWAY: RISKING REHABILITATION?. Med Law Rev, vol. 23(3), 321-347. link> doi>
  • Mcrae L. Containing them, liberating us: The shadow side of criminal psychopathy. In Mental Health and Punishments: Critical Perspectives in Theory and Practice. Taylor P, Morley S, Powell J (Eds.). Abingdon: Routledge.
  • Mcrae L. Containing them, liberating us: The shadow side of criminal psychopathy. In Mental Health and Punishments: Critical Perspectives in Theory and Practice. Abingdon: Routledge.

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Journal Articles

  • McRae L. 2018. Blaming rape on sleep: A psychoanalytic intervention. International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, vol. 62, 135-147. link> doi>
  • Mcrae LM. 2016. Severe personality disorder, treatment engagement and the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012: what you need to know. Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology, vol. 27(4), 476-488. doi> full text>
  • McRae L. 2015. THE OFFENDER PERSONALITY DISORDER PATHWAY: RISKING REHABILITATION?. Med Law Rev, vol. 23(3), 321-347. link> doi>

Chapters

  • Mcrae L. Containing them, liberating us: The shadow side of criminal psychopathy. In Mental Health and Punishments: Critical Perspectives in Theory and Practice. Taylor P, Morley S, Powell J (Eds.). Abingdon: Routledge.
  • Mcrae L. Containing them, liberating us: The shadow side of criminal psychopathy. In Mental Health and Punishments: Critical Perspectives in Theory and Practice. Abingdon: Routledge.