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Law on Trial Week 2018: Punishment and Rights Violations

Starts 11 June 2018 - 18:00
Finishes 17 June 2018 - 21:20
Venue Various locations
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The School of Law’s annual ‘Law on Trial’ event offers a week-long programme of free public lectures and panel discussions, which are focused this year on themes of punishment and rights violations.

Both nationally and internationally, recent years have seen much disparate debate about the stark disjunctures that exist between the justifications for and the outcomes of punishment in the criminal justice arena.

In our 25th Anniversary year, Law on Trial 2018 turns a spotlight on these debates, bringing together a host of scholars from Birkbeck and beyond to weigh the factors that have shaped the current landscape and provide space for rigorous reflection on the possibilities and prospects for change, asking:

• When is wrongdoing subject to punishment within the criminal justice system?

• Under what circumstances, and to what extent, should the punishment of crime be mitigated?

• When and how are rights infringed by policies and practices of punishment?

• How do judges balance competing individual and collective rights and interests?

• Do clashes between individual and collective rights and interests that reach court effectively serve as a barometer of nation’s political and cultural values and beliefs?

The following events are free to attend however booking is required. The hashtag for the series is #LawOnTrial.

Monday 11 June 2018 - Othello on Trial

Tuesday 12 June 2018 - Public Opinion and the Politics of Punishment

Wednesday 13 June 2018 - School Dress Codes - in Whose Best Interests? The Inaugural Lecture of Professor Daniel Monk

Thursday 14 June 2018 - Punishment on Trial

Friday 15 June 2018 - Building the World We Want: Prison Abolition and Gender, Racial & Economic Justice

Latecomers to the events are not guaranteed entry. Please be advised that photographs may be taken at the events. Please note that this booking is through the 3rd party service Eventbrite and by making this booking you are a customer of Eventbrite.

Please contact us if you have any access requirements. More details of accessibility at Birkbeck venues can be found here.


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