Bellone’s two main areas of research are: (1) The legal and public policy ramifications of the use of specialized courts in the legal system, especially the use of drug courts, and (2) the impact of technology on the legal process, specifically the use of videoconferencing in the courts. He is currently working with the Lowell District court on best practices for the use of videoconferencing in pretrial hearings. Eric has written a book chapter in The New Technology of Crime, Law, and Social Control and his publications have appeared in The Journal of International Commercial Law and Technology and The Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice. He received a B.S. in Economics and a B.A. in History, a J.D. the University of New Hampshire School of Law, an M.A. in Criminal Justice from the University of Massachusetts - Lowell, and a Ph.D. in Law and Public Policy from Northeastern University.
Documents the role of hard technology in the courts and its impact on the legal process.
Explores the use of drug court contracts as a requirement of entry into drug courts and the potential abuse it their terms.
Explores the evolution of the role of defense counsel under the Sixth Amendment.
Illustrates how the theory of Routine Activities can be applied to prevent property theft in business.
Explores the effect of videoconferencing on the legal process and outlines best practices for minimizing the negative aspects of its use.
Shows how different ways of defining corporate personhood will help delineate the rights and duties corporations have under the law.