Psychiatry, Psychology and Law

Dr Freckelton QC is the founding editor of the journal,  Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, which commenced publication in 1994. In 2019 it celebrated its quarter of a century anniversary at its conference in Singapore. It is published six times per year by Taylor & Francis. Between 1994 and 2021 he was the journal’s Editor-in-Chief and is now its Editor-at-Large.

An account of his stewardship over Psychiatry, Psychology and Law  and its predecessor conference proceedings is to be found at I Freckelton, “Scholarship in Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, 1985-2020 (2020) 27 Psychiatry, Psychology and Law 333-345:

Prior to the creation of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, Dr Freckelton co-edited proceedings of the congresses of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law (ANZAPPL) between 1988 and 1992.

The Journal publishes contributions about issues on the interface between law and mental health. It aims to promote and disseminate information regarding research and international development in forensic, psychology, forensic psychiatry and areas of law and other disciplines in which psychiatry and psychology have a relevance.

Psychiatry, Psychology and Law includes:

  • review articles
  • analyses of professional issues;
  • controversies and developments;
  • case studies;
  • original policy studies;
  • book reviews;
  • special issues dealing with a particular topic in depth,
  • legislation commentaries;
  • case commentaries; and
  • obituaries.

All contributions to the journal are peer reviewed.

Psychiatry, Psychology and Law is published by Taylor & Francis:

Subscriptions can be taken in hard form or electronically and articles can be purchased from the published individually.

Individuals can receive Psychiatry, Psychology and Law as an incident of membership of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychiatry, Psycvhology and Law: see

Institutions can subscribe to PPL through the publisher or purchase individual articles:

Information about style requirements and author instructions can be found at: