AuthorSteve Coughlan/Glen Luther
ProfessionProfessor, Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University/Associate Professor, College of Law, Saskatchewan
This book began, a bit surprisingly, because of a trip to China. In 2006
Steve Coughlan of the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University
was inv ited to organ ize a group of Canadian crimin al law scholars to
attend an international s eminar on the theor y of criminal law at Shan-
dong University in Jinan, China. In the wake of that conference, t he
chief organizer, Professor He Bi ngsong, expressed an interest in learn-
ing more about the law in Canada. In the course of putting together a
bibliography and collection of books, it occurred to Steve that although
there were many good books covering crimina l law and procedure gen-
erally, and specialist volumes in some areas 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 idea, Steve enlisted the help of Glen Luther of the
Faculty of Law, University of Saskatchewan. Glen contributed import-
ant ideas on the structure and coverage of the book, resulting in its
reframing to the form it has now. The authors e ach undertook half of
the initial writing, but, with f‌irst drafts in hand, they consulted closely,
discussing and offering suggestions on one another’s work. Thi s book
is the result of their joint effort.
Like any other book, however, it is not the result solely of their ef-
forts. Steve is grateful to the Foundation for Legal Research for their
material support of this re search project. He would also like to thank
in particular Alex McNabb and Matt Kelly, both of whom undertook the
role of research assistant with great industry and imagination, and con-

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