Our keynote speakers include:
Professor Ngaire Naffine
Men, Women and Civility within the Offences Against the Person
"To be civilised, a people must find them wrong. One would therefore not expect the evil contained within these wrongs, or those who engage in these evils to alter in substantial ways. And yet these crimes have undergone recent and profound shifts in meaning; in particular, they have responded to new ways of thinking about the natures of men and women, and the behaviour that defines them, and so these wrongs have acquired a different character. From the 1950s to the 2010s, shifting social and legal understandings of men and their behaviour (and what makes a man a man), of women (and what makes a woman a woman), and how men and women should relate to one another, as civil beings— especially as intimates—both across and within the sexes, has transformed the nature of these crimes. My paper endeavours to make sense of this changed thinking about men, women and central criminal law”.
Professor Alan Norrie
Criminal Justice and the Blaming Relation
“Over the last three years, I’ve been Head of School at Warwick. As my time as Head inches to a conclusion, I am looking forward to new academic projects. I recently completed the third edition of Crime, Reason and History, which is a socio-historical analysis of the dynamics and contradictions of criminal law. Since writing that, I’ve worked on issues in criminal law and social theory, and am developing a project that will move from the standard legal form of criminal justice (what I call the “blaming relation”) to criminal justice's connection with social injustice, the problems of justice when societies perpetrate genocide, the nature of the preventive turn in recent criminal justice, and issues concerning law, transitional and restorative justice. Some of these themes pick up issues I have already discussed, others are new to me. The challenge will be to show how these different issues can be synthesised in an overall view. My paper will be called ‘Criminal Justice and the Blaming Relation’. I will be excited to know what an Australian audience thinks of this”.
Criminology, the State and Human Rights: Toward a Dignified Science of Crime
“What kind of criminology should emerge in the aftermath of US-style mass incarceration? The spectacle of a wealthy liberal democratic society—with no basic rupture in its legal or political institutions—producing large-scale human rights violations in prisons and pushing entire segments of society into diminished social and legal status, casts a shadow on criminology (and all of those enlightenment sciences that seek to do social improvement). I would like to explore whether the idea of human dignity, and the expression it has taken in contemporary international (and transnational) human rights law and practice, forms an alternative to the historic role of the liberal legal state as a normative partner for criminology. Working from the subnational unit within the United States, California, which has the most extreme version of mass imprisonment as torture and degrading treatment, I’m eager to bring this discussion to the (I hope) very different experience of colleagues in the Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology”.