Eric Bellone

Associate Professor of Government and Applied Legal Studies, Suffolk University
Chapter Member: Boston SSN

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About Eric

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.


The Perils of Videoconferencing in Criminal Courtrooms

In the News

Research discussed by Ryan Arel, in "Suffolk Panel Tackles America's Worldwide War on Drugs," The Suffolk Journal, October 12, 2017.


"Protecting Business and Preventing Property Theft: A Routine Activities Theory Approach" The Holy Cross Journal of Law and Public Policy 17, no. 1 (2013): 44-77.

Illustrates how the theory of Routine Activities can be applied to prevent property theft in business.

"The Courts and Hard Technology: Applying Technological Solutions to Legal Issues" in The New Technology of Crime, Law, and Social Control, edited by James Byrne and Don Rebovich (Criminal Justice Press, 2007), 185-211.

Documents the role of hard technology in the courts and its impact on the legal process.

"Defining Corporate Personhood: Preventing Frankenstein’s Monster from Terrorizing the Village – Three Theories of Corporate Personhood" (with Graham Kelder). Business Law Review 49 (2016).

Shows how different ways of defining corporate personhood will help delineate the rights and duties corporations have under the law.

"Defense Counsel – Sixth Amendment" in The Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice, edited by Gerben Bruinsma and David Weisburd (Wiley-Blackwell, 2013).

Explores the evolution of the role of defense counsel under the Sixth Amendment.

"Private Attorney-Client Communications and the Effect of Videoconferencing in the Courtroom" The Journal of International Commercial Law and Technology 8, no. 1 (2013): 24-48.

Explores the effect of videoconferencing on the legal process and outlines best practices for minimizing the negative aspects of its use.

"Drug Court Contract Issues under the Model Drug Offender and Accountability Act" (with Graham Kelder). The International Law and Policy Review 1, no. 1 (2011): 1-15.

Explores the use of drug court contracts as a requirement of entry into drug courts and the potential abuse it their terms.