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March 8 & 9, 2018
British Academy, London
Judicial independence is increasingly under threat. Judges are being portrayed as the ‘enemies of the people’ and governmental interference is becoming routine. This international, interdisciplinary conference will identify threats to judicial independence, and investigate how they can be protected against.
Registration fee payable. Early Bird admission fee available until 31 January 2018.
Seminars & open events
Friday March 9, 2018
‘Crime and Punishment Symposium’, Essex Book Festival. Venue: Lakeside Theatre, University of Essex
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Seminars & open events
Tuesday March 13, 2018 6.00 pm
Teaching Centre TC1.10
Dr Anita Lavorgna, University of Southampton
‘Hash the quacks: unpacking fraudulent medical claims from a criminological perspective’
Seminars & open events
Tuesday March 20, 2018 6.00pm
Teaching Centre TC1.10
Dr. Emmeline Taylor, Department of Sociology, City, University of London
‘‘Such is Life’: Armed Robbery, Cultural Mythscapes and Affective Transgression’
Wednesday 21 March 2018
Carol McCartney, Law, Northumbria University
Since the emergence of forensic DNA profiling and the corollary creation of DNA databases, efforts to maximise the efficiency and utility of DNA technology have intensified. Developments on a local, regional and global scale may challenge ‘accepted’ use of DNA, yet such efforts are expedient given the imperative that expenditure on DNA should be cost-effective and the benefits demonstrable. To this end, regimes governing forensic DNA have often been adjusted to better target those from whom DNA will prove most ‘profitable’, and to expand the uses of retained DNA. Yet the European Court of Human Rights in 2008 clearly articulated the need for a ‘balance’ between police powers to retain the DNA of citizens, and privacy concerns, human rights and public interest.
The Court left unsaid what this balance should be, leaving such calibrations to domestic legislators. The Court was likewise silent on whether there ought to be limitations on the uses of retained DNA.
In delivering a unanimous but terse ruling, the Court left States wide discretion, and while scientific and technological advances continue to attract the eye of ethicists and sociologists, (particularly around developments such as phenotyping and familial searching), the governance and legal regimes of DNA databases garner far less critical attention. In some instances, a ‘balance’ originally struck may have been destabilised by subsequent legal reforms, or changes in practice, and regimes are in need of re-calibration. Thus forensic DNA databases continue to raise questions of legitimacy and acceptability, particularly when accounting for ongoing efforts to maximise DNA efficiency and utility.
Free to attend
Redesigning Justice: Promoting civil rights, trust and fairness
21–22 March 2018, Keble College Oxford
Our relationship with justice is complex. Justice and the systems for delivering (criminal) justice are often criticised but rarely is there a credible, achievable challenge to the status quo proposed: most want to tinker around the edges. We are witnessing a global climate of mistrust and challenge to the establishment, political elites as well as justice leadership. The time is right to consider the way we do justice and what we want the justice system to achieve.
The conference will shine a light on seemingly intransigent aspects of justice systems including what equality and legitimacy mean 50 years after the assassination of Martin Luther King and why prison is still so central to justice responses to crime. It will also seek to develop thinking on the changing dynamics of crime with the increasing prominence of cybercrime and fraud but also the impact of the changing nature of public discourse, with the rise of social media, on justice debates.
Further information can be found at: http://howardleague.org/events/redesigning-justice-promoting-civil-rights-trust-and-fairness/
Seminars & open events
Friday March 23, 2018 (all day)
‘Women, Housing and Domestic Abuse’
Venue: Savills, Oxford Circus, Central London.
A one-day conference organised by the Chartered Institute of Housing and Centre for Criminology, sponsored by Savills. Places limited – Further information and Eventbrite booking link to follow.
10-12 April 2018
Northumbria University, UK
Concepts of identity, community and social solidarity are central sociological themes, while also highly contested. One important move has been to introduce multiplicities to their formulation – identities etc. – but some argue this rhetorical response has not gone far enough to respond to the problems created by singular narratives of who people are, or what forms a community, or a sense of belonging. More recently, the call – both outside and inside academia – in the contexts of the conflicts and uncertainties across the globe, is for collectivist approaches that unite. ‘We are the 99%’ being just one evocation of this.
The collectivist shift has emerged as a challenge to right wing voices who make use of the language of difference in order to manipulate and encourage division. How, therefore, do we explore what can be shared across different groups, locations, social needs; while providing equal recognition of differences founded in previous histories and present realities of harm, privilege and inequality?
This conference will address these and other related issues through an exploration of the concepts of identity, community and solidarity from a multidimensional perspective, engaging with some of the most urgent debates of our times. The broader the range of voices present to engage with these issues, the broader the learning will be.
Wednesday 18 April 2018
Philip Anderson, Computer Forensics, Northumbria University
Digital evidence plays an integral role in all aspects of our modern day lives. Although strongly related to the field of cyber security, digital forensics concerns itself with the collection of evidence after a crime has taken place as opposed to the prevention of a crime.
As most criminals now leave a digital trail, digital evidence prominently features in many investigations.
Digital forensics is a rapidly evolving field and as such this seminar will provide an overview on the extraction, preservation and analysis of digital evidence obtained from different electronic devices in a legally acceptable manner.
Free to attend
Wednesday 16 May 2018
Dr Pauline Ramshaw, Special Constables
Despite efforts to increase the recruitment of Special Constables such endeavours are being hampered by consistent attrition, with 24.4% of Special Constables leaving during 2015-16 (Home Office, 2016). Survey research by Gaston and Alexander (2001) and Whittle (2014) draws attention to long standing issues affecting the retention of Special Constables, including the fact that many leave to make the transition to Police Officer.
This paper expands upon these issues by drawing on early findings generated from a small scale pilot study that considers the motivations and situated occupational experiences of Special Constables, and their bearing upon satisfaction and commitment to the role. Retaining a focus on the northeast of England, the research generated new empirical data from semi-structured interviews with Special Constables. The intention is to help inform understanding of the experiences, motivations, and challenges faced by Special Constables, to gain greater insight into workplace issues that may contribute towards Special Constables’ decision to resign.
Free to attend
Understanding Implicit Bias and Policing Conference
Date: June 4-5, 2018
Venue: INOX, University of Sheffield
The Centre for Criminological Research and the Law & Diversity Working Group of the University of Sheffield School of Law are pleased to announce a two-day research symposium, exploring implicit bias and how it impacts policing policies and policing outcomes.
The symposium will examine issues including:
- What is the current state of implicit bias research?
- What does empirical evidence on implicit bias mean for policing?
- How can implicit bias research impact policing policies and policing outcomes?
This interdisciplinary symposium will assemble a diverse group of international scholars including criminologists, psychologists and legal scholars to examine issues related to implicit bias and policing.
For further information and to book, visit the University of Sheffield School of Law website
DATE: Wednesday June 6, 2018
LOCATION: Literary & Philosophical Society, Newcastle.
Dr. James Gregory (University of Plymouth)
Dr. Lizzie Seal (University of Sussex)
150 years on from the Capital Punishment Amendment Act receiving Royal Accent, this one-day conference held on Wednesday 6 June 2018 at the Literary & Philosophical Society, Newcastle will reflect on this landmark legislation’s origins, intentions, reception and reality.
Deadline for submission of abstracts: February 28, 2018
For individual paper submissions please submit an abstract of no more than 250 words, accompanied by a brief biography. For panel and roundtable proposals, an abstract of 500 words including a synopsis of the panel and short biographies for each speaker. Send all submissions to email@example.com.
The 16th International Symposium of the World Society of Victimology 2018
June 10-14, 2018, Hong Kong, China
The Symposium is jointly organized by City University of Hong Kong and World Society of Victimology and will be the first time the Symposium is held in China. We are excited about the opportunity to bring together academics, policy makers and practitioners to stimulate dialogue and create a better understanding on victimology around the world.
More details to follow – check the website
Making Sense of Coercive Control Conference
Wednesday June 27, 2018
County South Private Dining Rooms, Lancaster University
This N8 PRP funded conference will bring together experts, scholars and practitioners to explore responses to and understandings of coercive control. The conference will showcase the findings of the N8 funded project, ‘Police Responses to Coercive Control’ and discuss the ongoing development of the ‘coercive control learning tool’, designed to support police officers in practice.
Anticipated schedule for the day:
10.30am: Registration and arrival
11.00-11.15: Conference Opening
11.15-12.00: Keynote: Dame Vera Baird, Police and Crime Commissioner Northumbria
12.00 -12.45: Overview of ‘Police responses to coercive control’ project findings
1.45-2.30: Keynote: Professor Sylvia Walby, OBE.
2.30-2.45: Coffee/ tea break
2.45-3.45: Coercive control ‘learning tool’ showcase and group discussion
3.45-4.15: Policing coercive control: Moving forward
Project team: Dr Charlotte Barlow (Principal Investigator), Professor Sandra Walklate (Co-investigator), Dr Kelly Johnson (Research Associate), Merseyside Police (policing partner), Dr Les Humphreys, Professor Stuart Kirby and Women’s Aid (project advisors).
To attend, please register using the following link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/making-sense-of-coercive-control-tickets-42634024515
Please note that there are limited spaces for this event, so please register early. If you are no longer able to attend, please contact Dr Charlotte Barlow (firstname.lastname@example.org).
21-24 October 2018
Call for abstracts is now open: Deadline April 2, 2018
Early bird registration available until February 18, 2018
Across the broadest range of public health issues, the Law Enforcement and Public Health Conferences held in 2102, 2014 and 2016 worked to:
- Enhance local, national and international political and institutional leadership
- Understand, develop and sustain partnerships
- Translate research to policy to practice
- Promote the critical role of education and training
- Develop a multidisciplinary research agenda and methodology
- Build and promote ongoing interactions between interested people through the GLEPH Association
Objectives for LEPH2018 Toronto
The LEPH2018 Convener and Partners believe that, in addressing complex health and security issues:
- Law enforcement and health are intimately related and necessary partners
- Organizations from both fields should work together closely to increase the health and safety of citizens
- This is an important multidisciplinary domain which requires more exploration in empirical detail and in principle, and a greater focus on what the intersection means and necessitates, and how it can be improved and developed
- Further learnings in this domain are best gained by combining research insights and professional practices. This requires the bringing together of researchers, practitioners and policymakers
- International exchange of insights and practices is an important accelerator in the development of this important field
- This field has a crucial contribution to make to the achievement of the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals.
For more information see the LEPH2018 website