University of Nottingham Criminal Justice Centre Conference

EMPAC is pleased to announce a conference to be held at the Criminal Justice Research Centre, University of Nottingham between 4pm and 6.30pm on Thursday, 8th February 2018 in Room A4, Law and Social Sciences Building, University Park, NG72 2RD.

The conference questions why do we punish? Is it because only punishment can achieve justice for victims and ‘right the wrong’ of a crime? Or is it justified because it reduces crime, by deterring potential offenders, offering rehabilitative treatment to others and incapacitating the most dangerous? The complex answers to this enduring question vary across time and place, and are directly linked to people’s personal, cultural, social, religious and ethical commitments and even their sense of identity.

The Criminal Justice Research Centre (CJRC) at the University of Nottingham is hosting a seminar on crime and punishment. Professor Rob Canton, De Montfort University and author of: ‘Why Punish? An Introduction to the Philosophy of Punishment’ (Palgrave, 2017) will speak about some of the key themes explored in his recent book:

Prof Canton will followed by respondents:

Dr Gwen Robinson, University of Sheffield

Steve Collett, Honorary Fellow, University of Liverpool and Honorary Reader, Manchester University

Dr Zachary Hoskins, University of Nottingham.

After the seminar there will be a reception to mark the relaunch of the CJRC under the auspices of the School of Law and the School of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Nottingham.

If interested, please register for the event here:


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