40 Crime and Law Research Paper Topics
The laws in different countries may be similar in its basics – the basic rights and needs of humanity are pretty same everywhere after all – but still there is a lot of cultural and historical peculiarities that shall be taken into consideration. Avoid the following mistakes to make your research paper really brilliant!
Focus on something particular.
You are not limited either by historical time period or by country, but still you have limited time and quantity of pages for your research paper. Try comparing the same law in different countries, or the changes of the one law throughout the history and your research paper will be deep enough. Also you will avoid doing an excessive research that will result into a few sentences somewhere in the end of your paper.
Always remember who your audience are.
You may be a great future lawyer, but if the level of your audience isn’t as high as yours, they will quickly get bored. Do not mention laws by numbers or names only: always tell in a few words what they are about and why are they important, even if it takes precious minutes and pages of your paper. Your goal is to make the audience feel competent, otherwise it won’t listen attentively enough. Sadly, but the law is one of the most tricky subjects if you need to keep the audience involved. Think it over, before giving your research paper a final polishing.
Use the real cases to illustrate your point.
It is almost like math: you show the formula and then solve the problem with it. If people see the real issue where the particular law was used or which caused the change in the said law, they will instantly understand why and how it happened. Sometimes one good example may help more than pages and pages of explanations.
Here are some topics for you to get inspired:
Religious Laws and Religious Crimes in developing and developed countries
Classical Criminology and its theories. Shall they be reviewed now?
The Criminology of the Future: how science helps to investigate crimes?
Crime Reports and Statistics in (selected country) throughout 20-21 centuries. The changes
Hate crimes: their nature and the laws connected with them
Drug abuse and crimes: can the society break this connection with the help of the laws?
Experimental Criminology: failures and victories
Insanity defence: a loophole for criminals?
The principles of the police interrogation and the human rights
Capital punishment: pros and cons. When and why it can be justified?
Crime prevention: what can the government do to lower crime rate?
Juvenile courts and juvenile justice: the similarities and differences
The role of mass media in investigation: the most prominent cases
Wrongful convictions: how can the state undo the harm?
Gangs and the special laws dealing with gang crimes
Prostitution, slavery and human trafficking. The worldwide practices of eliminating it.
Identity theft: is it a modern crime? The identity theft prevention in post-Internet era
Psychology and crime. Are some people more prone to break the law than others?
False confessions and the way of dealing with them in different countries
The theory of broken windows: the influence of environment on the crime rate
Mental illnesses and crime in different countries: similarities and differences
Intelligence, education and types of crime
Field work of the criminologists: from the beginning to the modern world
The history of Scotland Yard
Feminist Criminology: the rising of the new branch.
Crime classification systems in U.S. and worldwide
The impact of sociology and statistics on preventing the crime
Quantitative criminology: the subject and the differences from other branches
The principles of jury selection and nullification
Cybercrimes: are the laws outdated for this type of crime?
Terrorism as crime in different countries
Sex offences. Harassment. #MeToo movement and its legal consequences
Environmental and Wildlife crimes
Exotic crimes in different countries. Why they are considered crimes there?
Privacy in Internet era. Private data. Blackmailing. Revenge porn
Why the same crime has such a wide range of punishments?
Driving to suicide. From bullying to psychological tortures
Domestic violence: the difference between statistic and the real picture
The international criminal court: when it comes into play?