AuthorSteve Coughlan/Glen Luther
ProfessionProfessor, Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University/Associate Professor, College of Law, University of Saskatchewan
This book began, a bit surpri singly, because of a trip to China. In 2006,
Steve Coughlan of the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University
was invited to organize a group of Canadian criminal law schola rs to
attend an international sem inar on the theory of cr iminal law at Sha n-
dong University in Jinan, China. In the wake of that conference, the
chief organizer, Professor He Bingsong, expres sed an interest in lear n-
ing more about the law in Canada. In the course of putting together a
bibliography and a collection of books, it occurred to Steve that although
there were many good books covering cr iminal law and procedure gen-
erally, and specialist volumes in some area s such as search and seizure,
bail, or sentencing, no book devoted exclusively to the topics of deten-
tion and arrest exi sted.
With an initial ide a, Steve enlisted the help of Glen Luther of the
Faculty of Law, University of Saskatchewan. Glen contributed important
ideas on the structure and coverage of the book, resulting in its refra m-
ing to the form it has now. The authors each undertook half of the initia l
writing, but, with f‌i rst drafts in hand, they consulted closely, discus sing
and oering suggestions on one another’s work. A second edition was
published in 2017, and the book now appears in its t hird edition, updated
to take into account the signif‌ica nt statutory changes to powers of arrest
that occurred in 2019 and the recent court decisions on var ious issues
relating to detention and arrest. (For personal reasons, Glen was not
able to be involved in updating the materia l for t his most recent edition.)

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