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EVENT CANCELLED: Criminology Seminar Series - Stories of Conflict, Loss and Disadvantage: A Study of Lay Participation in the Courts and Tribunals

Venue: Birkbeck Main Building, Room 541

This event has ended.

Stories of Conflict, Loss and Disadvantage: A Study of Lay Participation in the Courts and Tribunals
Speaker: Dr. Amy Kirby and Dr. Jessica Jacobson (ICPR, Birkbeck)

Further details TBC

About the Speaker

Dr Jessica Jacobson completed her PhD at the London School of Economics in 1996, on the topic of ethnic and religious identities among second-generation British Pakistanis (published by Routledge as Islam in Transition in 1998). Since then she has developed her expertise in criminal justice research, initially as a Home Office researcher, and then as an independent researcher and policy consultant. Since 2011 she has been based at ICPR, becoming Co-Director of the institute in 2013, and Director in 2016.

Jessica undertakes research on many different aspects of the criminal justice system; her particular interests include prisons, sentencing, and the work of the criminal courts more widely. Her publications include Inside Crown Court: Personal experiences and questions of legitimacy (Policy Press, 2015, with Gillian Hunter and Amy Kirby) and Imprisonment Worldwide: The Current Situation and an Alternative Future (Policy Press, 2016, with Andrew Coyle, Helen Fair and Roy Walmsley). Among her current projects is a study funded by the Nuffield Foundation on participation in courts and tribunals.

Dr Amy Kirby joined ICPR in 2010, having completed a MA in Criminology and Criminal Justice at King's College London and a BA in Criminology at Lancaster University. She was awarded a PhD from the University of Surrey in 2019 for her study of lay participants’ perceptions of the legitimacy of the criminal courts, funded by the Economic & Social Research Council.

During her time at ICPR Amy has worked on projects focusing on the criminal courts, sentencing, youth justice and joint enterprise. This includes a 20-month Economic and Social Research Council funded study about victims', witnesses' and defendants' experiences of the Crown Court; a research review of the components of effective advocacy in youth proceedings, commissioned by the Bar Standards Board in association with Ilex Professional Standards, and an exploratory study of how the doctrine of joint enterprise is applied in the prosecution of serious offences, funded by the Nuffield Foundation. She is currently working on a study of the implications of vulnerability and the meaning of participation in courts and tribunals, funded by the Nuffield Foundation.

Her research interests include the participation of victims, witnesses and defendants within the court setting; legitimacy; lay adjudication; youth justice; joint enterprise and public attitudes to crime, justice and sentencing.

Amy is a Lecturer in the Department of Criminology and is Programme Director for the LLM/MA Criminal Law & Criminal Justice programme (from the academic year 2019-20 onwards).

About the Criminology Seminar Series
In line with the School of Law, Birkbeck's research and teaching ethos, the Criminology Seminar Series aims to provide a platform for critical and interdisciplinary research, showcasing prominent and path-breaking research on crime, criminal justice and related themes by scholars from within and beyond Birkbeck. The series is convened by Dr Sappho Xenakis, School of Law, Birkbeck.

Attendance to the events is free but registration is required. Talks from the 2019/20 series will be available for download via the website. Find out more about the series here. The hashtag for the event is #BBKCrimSeries.

This event is open to the public and free to attend however booking is required via this page. We kindly request that if you are unable to attend that you cancel your booking in order to allow others to attend.

Latecomers to the event are not guaranteed entry. Please be advised that photographs may be taken at the event.

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