University Criminologist to lead plenary session at international justice conference

Professor Neil Chakraborti (pictured) – Head of the Department of Criminology and Director of the Centre for Hate Studies – has been invited to deliver a plenary paper as part of an international justice conference held to mark the Howard League for Penal Reform’s 150th birthday.

The paper, entitled ‘Marginalising the Marginalised? Recognising Victims of Hate and their Perceptions of Harm, Vulnerability and [In]justice’ highlights ways in which policy-makers, scholars and frontline practitioners can help marginalised and disadvantaged groups to access justice, and will inform a broader discussion about public perceptions of penal reform.          

The three-day conference, Justice and Penal Reform: Re-shaping the Penal Landscape, is one of the largest criminal justice conference of the year, with more than 100 papers to be delivered by academics and experts working in jurisdictions across the globe. The newly-appointed chief inspectors of prisons and probation – Peter Clarke, HM Chief Inspector of Prisons, and Dame Glenys Stacey, HM Chief Inspector of Probation – are to give their first major speeches at the event and they will be joined in a panel session by the heads of three other watchdogs: Dame Anne Owers, Chair of the Independent Police Complaints Commission; Sir Thomas Winsor, HM Chief Inspector of Constabulary; and David Strang, HM Chief Inspector of Prisons for Scotland.

The conference will also feature plenary sessions focusing on the impact of economics on penal policy, human rights law, terror and penal reform and thinking beyond mass incarceration. Panel sessions will feature experts from the UK, Ireland, Canada, Hungary, Philippines, Croatia, Brazil, US, Bangladesh, India, Australia, Turkey, Pakistan, Poland, Netherlands, South Africa, Israel, Slovenia, Belgium and Morocco.

The event takes place from 16-18 March at Keble College, Oxford.

For more details about the conference please visit the website.