Scarman Lectures

Since 2008, Criminology at Leicester has invited high profile guest speakers to deliver papers on current issues in criminology, criminal justice, policing and community safety. These lectures are open to staff and students of the University of Leicester, and to the general public.

This year's event will be taking place on the 26 September 2018 from 5.00pm. You can reserve your space at the lecture by registering on our Eventbrite page.

We are pleased to announce that Phil Scraton, Professor Emeritus from Queens Belfast University, will be our Keynote speaker at this year's Scarman Lecture. His talk is entitled:

Fractured Lives, Dissenting Voices, Recovering Truth

June 2016. A newly-elected US President embarked on world-wide daily pronouncements uninhibited by limitations of 140 characters. Nigel Farage presented a ‘breaking-point’ Brexit campaign poster depicting a line of desperate refugees, hauntingly close to earlier Nazi-propaganda. ‘Post-truth' was introduced into Oxford Dictionaries as ‘word of the year’, describing a politics in which ‘objective facts’ are ‘less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief'.

In this lecture, Scraton explores the profound challenges involved in bearing witness to the ‘pain of others’. Recounting personal testimonies ‘from below’, revealing institutionalised deceit and pursuing ‘truth recovery’, he argues that dissenting voices are the foundation of hope, resistance and transformation. 

Browse our previous speakers and listen to audio recordings of our past Scarman Lectures.

About Phil Scraton

Phil Scraton PhD, DLaws (Hon), is Emeritus Professor in the School of Law, Queen’s University, Belfast. Recently Lowenstein Fellow at Amherst College, Massachusetts, USA and Visiting Professor at the Universities of Auckland, Monash, New South Wales and Sydney. His research includes: controversial deaths and the state; rights of the bereaved and survivors following disasters; the politics of incarceration. Widely published, his recent books include: Power, Conflict and Criminalisation; The Violence of Incarceration; The Incarceration of Women; Hillsborough: The Truth; Women’s Imprisonment and the Case for Abolition.

He has written major reports for the NI Human Rights Commission and the NI Children’s Commissioner. He was Director of The Hillsborough Project 1989-95 and also principal author of Hillsborough and After: The Liverpool Experience and No Last Rights: The Promotion of Myth and the Denial of Justice in the Aftermath of the Hillsborough Disaster. He led Hillsborough Independent Panel’s research team and was lead author of Hillsborough, which was its ground-breaking 2013 Report. He became adviser to the families’ legal teams throughout the inquests, as the new edition of Hillsborough: The Truth was published in 2016. Phil was awarded Freedom of the City of Liverpool and honorary DLaws by its university, his alma mater. He was also factual consultant on and contributor to the 2017 BAFTA winning documentary Hillsborough.

He has been awarded a Leverhulme Emeritus Fellowship to research the unique work of the Hillsborough Independent Panel, the conduct of new inquests and the forthcoming legal proceedings. Castaway on Desert Island Discs in 2017, he has been commissioned to lead a month-long international research symposium on deaths in controversial circumstances hosted by the University of Sydney.