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Redesigning Justice conference 2018

Redesigning Justice: Promoting civil rights, trust and fairness international conference was held on 21–22 March 2018 at Keble college, Oxford

The conference brought together academics, policy makers and practitioners from a variety of disciplines to shine a light on seemingly intransigent aspects of justice systems, including why prison is still so central to justice responses to crime.

Plenary speakers

Andrea Albutt,President, Prison Governors Association
Professor Sophie Body-Gendrot, Emeritus Professor University of Paris-Sorbonne, Researcher at CNRS-CESDIP, Co-editor of The Routledge Handbook of European Criminology
Professor Danny Dorling, Halford Mackinder Professor of Geography, Fellow of St Peter’s College, University of Oxford – PowerPoint slides
Professor Barry Goldson, Charles Booth Chair of Social Science, University of Liverpool
Professor Nicola Lacey, Professor of Law, Gender and Social Policy, London School of Economics
Professor Elena Larrauri, Professor of Criminal Law and Criminology, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona
Professor Ian Loader, Professor of Criminology and Professorial Fellow of All Souls College, University of Oxford
Oliver Lodge, Director, Justice Value for Money, National Audit Office
Professor Tracey L. Meares, Walton Hale Hamilton Professor of Law, Yale University
Professor Fergus McNeill, Professor of Criminology & Social Work, University of Glasgow
Mauro Palma, former President of the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture
Alison Saunders, Director of Public Prosecutions
Gary Younge, an author, broadcaster and editor-at-large for The Guardian
Martine Herzog-Evans, who couldn’t join us at the conference, sent us her PowerPoint slides

Find out more about the speakers

Parallel sessions

Over the two days of the conference papers were presented by experts from the UK, USA, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, India, China, Japan, Israel, Chile and many European countries including: Poland, Slovenia, Spain, Ireland, Italy, Belgium. Over 150 papers were submitted for panel sessions.

One of the papers was presented by Dr Myles Frederick McLellan from Algoma University, Canada who has kindly agreed to share a video recording of his presentation, Innocence compensation: A comparative analysis of the common law and civil law traditions.

Best PhD paper awards

The conference sought to promote the work of early career academics through awarding a prize for the best PhD paper. Best PhD papers were awarded to: Katharine Evans, Liverpool John Moores University and Brie McLemore, University of California Berkeley.

Probationary: The Game of Life of Licence

Probationary: The Game of Life on Licence was created through workshops with men on licence and explores the lived experience of being on probation

What the delegates said:

“It was lovely to meet you and I just wanted to thank you and everyone at the Howard League for such a wonder couple of days and the opportunity to share some very early thoughts and ideas about my research in such a supportive and welcoming environment.  There was some fantastic and thought provoking papers there and I came away having learnt a lot. ”

“I enjoyed the conference day and evening I attended. It was a fascinating mix of people and a splendid opportunity to talk and share ideas.”

“I just wanted to drop you a quick email to thank you and the rest of the team so much for organising the Howard League conference this year! It was truly a wonderful experience. I am glad I got the opportunity to do my first external conference paper at this conference.”

 “This was my first time attending the Howard League conference and I thoroughly enjoyed the sessions I attended were excellent!”

“Firstly, I would like to congratulate you on a successful conference! The plenary sessions were first-rate and I had plenty of interesting conversations with engaged delegates. It was a fantastic two days.”

For more information, programme and abstracts download the conference booklet.

For information on previous conferences, including videos and podcasts, see the links below.

Papers published following the conference

We have published three special conference ECAN (Early Career Academics Network) bulletins.

Redesigning Justice conference special No.1 July 2018

In this issue you will find:

  • Restorative and retributive justice: Could they be parallel streams?
    Stephan Terblanche, University of South Africa
  • Effective prisoner engagement through the promotion of sport motivation: Implications for policy and practice
    Hannah Baumer, Royal Holloway, University of London
  • The Failure of Custody Visiting
    John Kendall, Birmingham Law School
  • Customary law – A challenge to justice in Indian legal framework: A case study of Meghalaya, a state in northeast India
    Sanghamitra Sarker, University of Calcutta
  • Learning from history by seeing it differently: frameworks for understanding the socio-historical development of youth justice
    Justin Brett, University of Loughborough

Redesigning Justice conference special No.2 October 2018

In this issue you will find:

  • A “humanism of justice” through restorative justice: Improving criminal justice systems is not a utopia
    Grazia Mannozzi, University of Insubria, Como, Italy 3
  • Restorative Justice: transforming the way we do justice
    Lucy Jaffé, Director of Why me? Victims for Restorative Justice
  • Confined queers: An analysis of the essentialist legal framework of UK prisons
    Giuseppe Zago, Northumbria University
  • Challenges around preventing torture
    Marie Steinbrecher, Royal Holloway, University of London
  • Begging and freedom: The two (antithetical?) faces of common law
    Eleonora Innocenti
  • Attitudes and identities of young male Muslim ex-prisoners: Prison as a source of respite from community conflict
    Tracey Devanna, University of Birmingham

Redesigning Justice conference special No.3 December 2018

In this issue you will find:

  • Boredom and the Buzz: ‘It’s all about killing time’
    Johanne Miller, University of the West of Scotland
  • The Disenfranchisement of Ex-Felons in Florida: A Brief History
    Sarah A. Lewis, University of Florida, Levins College of Law
  • Mere Anarchy? or, what Yeats might have told us about colonialism, storytelling and the narrative arc of the British Justice system
    Victoria Anderson
  • Non-statutory experiences of gender-specific services in a post-Corston (2007) Women’s Centre
    Kirsty Greenwood, Liverpool John Moores University
  • Social Justice in civil courts for whom? Women, domestic abuse and agency
    Kirstin Anderson, University of the West of Scotland
  • The efficacy of punishment: How the doctrine of Hell has helped shaped our penal system and how that can be undone
    Christabel McCooey


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