Trust in justice, legitimacy and compliance with the law: a European perspective

15 October 2012

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This seminar will present the results of a large-scale empirical test of procedural justice theory in 26 European countries. A team based largely at LSE, Oxford and Birkbeck has used the fifth round of the European Social Survey (ESS) to test an elaboration of procedural justice theory which combines ideas from the work of Tom Tyler and David Beetham.

The ESS is an academically driven survey with around 50,000 respondents. In each round there are 'rotating modules' for which researcher can bid, and we were successful in winning space for questions on trust in justice. Our analysis shows that in most countries covered by the ESS public trust in the fairness of justice institutions supports public belief in their legitimacy, which in turn promotes cooperation and compliance with the law. The study has important implications about the quality of treatment received by the public from police and courts officials.

About the speaker:

Mike Hough is Co-Director of the Institute for Criminal Policy Research and Professor of Criminal Policy, Birkbeck, University of London. He began his research career in the British Home Office, and was a member of the team that started the British Crime Survey. Leaving in 1994, he set up an academic policy research centre, now based at Birkbeck, University of London. Mike's current research interests include: procedural justice theory and public trust in justice; public perceptions of crime and justice; policing and police legitimacy; crime measurement and crime trends; sentencing and sentencing guidelines; offender rehabilitation and desistance (and its evaluation).

Lawyers/barristers: attendance at this seminar is equal to 2 MCLE/CPD units.

This event is presented by the Sydney Institute of Criminology in conjunction with the Australian Institute of Police Management

Time: 6-8pm (Registration and refreshments from 5.30pm)

Location: Common Room, Level 4, New Law Building (F10), Eastern Avenue, University of Sydney

Cost: Free, registration essential

Contact: PLaCE Coordinator

Phone: 02 9351 1323

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