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Renewing Critique in Criminal Justice


 Henrique Carvalho

Call for Papers

Abstracts may only be submitted via the Easy Chair system. They must be no longer than 300 words and must include your title, name and institutional affiliation and your email address for correspondence.

The deadline for the submissions is Monday 19 January 2015.

Criminal justice practices have long been experiencing an atmosphere of crisis, and this climate of normative insecurity seems to be entering another phase of prominence. Liberal theorists declare the ‘end of criminal law’ and respond with intensified normative demands, yet these analyses begin themselves to sense the limitations of ideal values in the face of real-world practice. In this context, there is an urgent need for a renewal of a critical, interdisciplinary criminal justice research programme that has recently fallen by the way-side in legal academia. The proposed panel will give continuity to the dialogue initiated in last year’s SLSA Annual Conference, in which scholars from an established research group on criminal law and criminal justice theory pursue a dialogue with scholars from diverse perspectives in order to explore the possibilities and ways forward for a renewed critical criminal justice research programme – one that goes beyond the traditional impasses dividing different theoretical methods and orientations. The main purpose of the panel is to discuss and put forward ways in which a renewed research programme can be initiated, pursuing new theoretical and empirical methodologies that can provide a serious intellectual engagement with the current crisis of legitimacy in criminal justice.
Themes currently explored by the research group include:
• Criminal law and the blaming relation
• Criminal law and democratic theory
• Criminal responsibility and critical theory
• The liberal imaginary of criminal justice


Session Programme (Papers and rooms are subject to change)

Tuesday: Session 2: Social Sciences Room S0.18

Session Title:

Papers: The Preventive Turn in Criminal Justice: From Liberal Imagination to Neoliberal Insecurity - Henrique Carvalho

Holding Responsible and Taking Responsibility - Craig Reeves

Criminal Justice and the Blaming Relation - Alan Norrie

Wednesday: Session 3: Ramphal Room 1.15

Session Title:

Papers: The Law of Crowds - Illan Rua Wall

Criminalizing protest: silencing disputes over property, public space and natural resources in so-called postconflict scenarios - Maria C Olarte

'Innocence charged with guilt”: The criminalisation of protest from Peterloo to Millbank' - Nadine El-Enany

Para-nomic, Ec-nomic, A-nomic: Art Between Law and Lawlessness - Julia Chryssostalis