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Expert Report on COVID-19 and the Criminal Law

Two members of the Criminal Justice Centre Henrique Carvalho and Anastasia Chamberlen recently worked with colleagues from Brunel University London, University of Oxford and University of York on an expert report on COVID-19 and the criminal law which was submitted to the Parliamentary Justice Committee.

The written expert which these academics submitted can be viewed here: Expert evidence on COVID-19 and the criminal law .

Call for Papers: Global Borderlands Conference, 16-18 September 2021

Crimmigration has rapidly become the dominant response to human mobility around the globe. It has emerged, ironically, in tandem with growing economic globalization. For capital, national borders have virtually disappeared, while the walls, virtual and literal, are growing higher for workers and others who need mobility to thrive, and even survive. Race, ethnicity, and personal wealth matter in who gains entry.

This hybrid conference will treat crimmigration and bordering holistically as systems nested within economy and society in subtle, and not-so-subtle ways. In so doing, the conference calls attention to the various 'faces' and experiences of crimmigration and bordering across the globe as well as to a critical examination of the scholarship so far.

Deadline for panels/ individual papers: May 1st, 2021

To apply, submit a (maximum) 200-word abstract, with a tentative title and contact information.

Wed 21 Apr 2021, 23:21 | Tags: Criminal Justice, Criminal Justice Centre, call for papers

New Book by CJC Member Ioana Vrăbiescu 'Deporting Europeans: The Racialized Mobility of Romanians in France'

Deporting Europeans reveals an unexpected feature of the political, institutional and cultural entanglement between two EU countries, Romania and France. Contemporary structural dependencies are rooted in a deeply neo-colonial predicament that perpetuates the inferior position of Romania vis-à-vis France and results in the implementation of policies that ultimately disadvantage and discriminate against some of the most vulnerable citizens in the EU. By analysing the deportation of Romanians from France, the book shows how policing the mobility of poor EU citizens, who are often identified as Roma, is effectively a racist policy. Deporting Europeans uncovers the justifications set forward by states in policing for deportation and in normalizing violence. The book argues that EU citizens deportation within the EU territory serves the reinforcement of state sovereignty in relation to processes of globalization. Curbing the freedom of movement, re-articulating borders and racializing the policing of certain EU citizens attest to neo-colonial patterns that structure power relations and legitimize hierarchy in Europe. This book is a compelling contribution to decolonial critique of state power in the European continent.”

Vanessa Munro appointed as an Associate Member of the Ministry of Justice’s End to End Rape Review.

Vanessa Munro has recently been appointed as an Associate Member of the Ministry of Justice’s End to End Rape Review. This Review, which is scheduled to report later this year and includes membership across the judiciary, legal profession, senior policing and prosecution personnel, as well as key victim support stakeholders, has explored evidence across all stages of the criminal justice process. It will produce a series of recommendations designed to bring about improvements in the handling of rape complaints.

Thu 18 Mar 2021, 14:32 | Tags: Criminal Justice Centre

Ana Aliverti awarded the prestigious BJC Radzinowicz Prize 2020

The Criminal Justice Centre's co-Director, Ana Aliverti, has received the prestigious 2020 Radzinowics Prize, awarded by the British Journal of Criminology. The Prize is awarded annually for the BJC article from the latest volume which, in the opinion of the Editor-in-Chief and Editors, has made the greatest contribution to the development of criminology. More information can be found here. Ana was awarded the Prize for her article, ‘Benevolent Policing? Vulnerability and the Moral Pains of Border Controls’ (2020) British Journal of Criminology 60(5):1175-1135.

This article reports on a large-scale ethnographic study on immigration-police collaboration in everyday policing. Drawing on this unique dataset, it explores a largely neglected aspect in the policing literature: the growing emphasis on safeguarding and protection. The paper makes an important contribution to the sociology of punishment and the policing literature by assessing how punitive and humanitarian rationales and logics dovetail in the exercise of state coercion in the context of growing global interdependence and profound geopolitical inequalities. It sheds light on the ‘moral pains’ of border controls and their disruptive potential.

The full article can be found here.

Many congratulations, Ana!

Tue 26 Jan 2021, 14:35 | Tags: Criminal Justice, Criminal Justice Centre, Criminology

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