Punishment on Trial

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Venue: TBC, Birkbeck, University Of London, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HX
Booking details: Free entry; booking required

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Punishment On Trial

The Institute for Criminal Policy Research is pleased to be involved in ‘Punishment on Trial’. We will be hosting an evening exploring the nature and repercussions of punishment within the criminal justice system. In putting punishment on trial, we intend to explore who is punished, why and how they are punished, and with what effects. To do so, we will examine processes and decision-making within three major constituent parts of the criminal justice system: the police, the criminal courts and prisons.  Experts in the field will discuss how certain forms of wrongdoing, through the actions of the police, are brought into the formal justice system; how the courts determine levels and types of punishment; and how punishment is delivered in our prisons.

After an introduction by a keynote speaker, the evening will take the form of discussant-style question and answer sessions, in which an expert in each area will respond to questions posed by a representative of ICPR. The experts will then come together as a panel to take questions from the audience. A key part of the day will be identifying the challenges facing our current system of punishment and potential options for policy and practice reform across the spheres of policing, the courts and imprisonment. 

This event is part of the School of Law, Birkbeck's annual Law on Trial series. Find out more here.

This event is free however booking is required via this page.

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This event is part of the School of Law's 25th Anniversary celebrations. The School of Law, Birkbeck was founded in 1992 as a Department of Law with three members of academic staff. Over the last twenty-five years it has become a School comprising the Departments of Law and Criminology as well as the Institute for Criminal Policy Research, four research Centres, 40 members of staff and an overall student body of over 1,000. The School is proud of being a pioneer in establishing and developing a hub for the field of critical legal studies. While our national and international reputation has been forged through critical legal research, more recently we have gained recognition for critical criminological and activist research, socio-legal scholarship and policy-engaged empirical research. In recognition of this the last Research Excellence Framework exercise ranked us as being in the top 10 law schools in the UK and in the top 3 in London, while our research environment was judged conducive to producing research of the highest quality.

In this our 25th Anniversary year we will be holding a series of events reflecting on our history and successes as well as looking forward to the opportunities and challenges facing critical legal and criminological teaching and scholarship in the 21st century. Find out more about the 25th Anniversary celebrations here.

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