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International Conference Series

The Future of Adversarial and Inquisitorial Systems

The Future of Adversarial and Inquisitorial Systems conference series is a collaboration between the Universities of Warwick (Jackie Hodgson), North Carolina (Joe Kennedy), Bologna (Michele Cainiello), Basel (Sabine Gless) and Duke University (Brandon Garrett). It seeks to understand how criminal justice systems rooted in adversarial and inquisitorial traditions approach common legal problems and trends - and how these are situated, understood and practiced within different legal cultures.

Conferences take place every 1-2 years, rotating between the partner institutions and focussing on a different theme each year. Speakers with national and comparative expertise are drawn from across the globe, discussing topics from a range of disciplinary, methodological and legal procedural perspectives. The conferences take place over two and half days, with the first day devoted to papers from Early Career Researchers, with emphasis on participation and discussion throughout.

Our 2023 conference on "Bias and Criminal Justice" takes place on 17-19 May in Bologna, Italy. You can see the programme of speakers on the Early Careers and the Main Conference programmes. All are welcome to attend!

Bias & Criminal Justice Conference - May 2023

12th Conference on the future of adversarial and inquisitorial systems, University of Bologna May 18th and 19th, 2023!

McDonaldization of Justice

This was the 11th conference in the series The Future of Adversarial and Inquisitorial Systems, a collaboration between the Universities of Warwick, North Carolina, Bologna, Basel and Duke University.

Previous conferences

Archive of previous information regarding research seminars, conferences and projects and their outcomes.

Our 2022 conference on "The McDonaldization of Justice" at Warwick was a great success - listen to what participants have to say!