Beyond Punishment: Frontiers of Penal Policy

31 July 2012


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How can prisons be managed in a way that achieves community expectations regarding punishment and deterrence while ensuring the realisation of human rights? What can we learn from other countries and prison systems about how to rehabilitate prisoners in a just, decent, humane and cost effective manner?

This colloquium brings together scholars at the forefront of penal policy and criminal justice: Vivien Stern CBE, Professor Andrew Coyle CMG, and Professor Patrick Keyzer.


Patrick Keyzer is the Executive Director - Centre For Law, Governance & Public Policy; and Associate Dean at the Faculty of Law, Bond University. Professor Keyzer is a barrister who has represented clients in constitutional cases in the High Court of Australia and the Queensland Supreme Court and Court of Appeal, and has also represented clients in communications to the United Nations Human Rights Committee.Patrick is co-author (with Bernadette McSherry) of Sex Offenders and Preventive Detention (Federation Press, 2009) and co-editor of Dangerous People (with Bernadette McSherry, published by Routledge New York). He is presently representing a number of prisoners in human rights litigation in various fora.


Baroness Vivien Stern was Secretary General of Penal Reform International from 1989 until 2006. In 1997 she was appointed a Senior Research Fellow of London University, based at the International Centre for Prison Studies. She was awarded a CBE in 1992 and was raised to the peerage as Baroness Stern of Vauxhall in 1999. Stern has been a member of several parliamentary committees and has written several books, including Creating Criminals: prisons and people in a market society; Bricks of Shame: Britain's prisons; Failures in Penal Policy; Imprisoned by Our Prisons: a programme for reform (Fabian Series); The Prisons We Deserve and A Sin Against the Future: imprisonment in the world. Baroness Stern is a patron of several charities including the Venture Trust, the Prisoners' Education Trust, New Bridge Foundation, the Royal Philanthropic Society, Clean Break, and Rethink. She was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1992. In 2009 Stern was invited by the UK Government to conduct a review of UK rape laws. Her subsequent report has attracted significant approval.

Professor Andrew Coyle CMG is Emeritus Professor of Prison Studies in London University and Visiting Professor in the University of Essex. He is Director of the International Centre for Prison Studies, a post which he also held from between 1997 and 2005.] He is a prisons adviser to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, the UN Latin American Institute, the Council of Europe, including its Committee for the Prevention of Torture, the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe and several national governments. Between 2003 and 2010 he was a member of the UK Foreign Secretary's Expert Committee against Torture. He was a founding member of the Task Force of WHO Europe on Health in Prison. Andrew Coyle was appointed by the Council of Europe as an expert to draft the revised European Prison Rules 2006 and has been retained by the Council to draft a Code of Ethics for Prison Staff

This event is sponsored by Corrective Services NSW and is jointly hosted by the Institute of Criminology, Sydney Law School, and the Centre for Law, Governance and Public Policy, Bond University.

Lawyers/barristers: attendance at this lecture is equal to2 MCLE/CPD units.

Time: 6-8pm (registration from 5:30pm)

Location: Sydney Law School, Building F10, Eastern Avenue, Common Room, Lv4, University of Sydney

Cost: Free, however registration is essential

Contact: PLaCE Co-ordinator

Phone: 93510323

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