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International crime experts at British Society of Criminology Conference 11-14th July 2010

University of Leicester Department of Criminology to host national conference

Issued on 01 July 2010

Criminologists from around the world will gather for the 2010 British Society of Criminology conference to present the latest findings from their research and debate the key crime issues of the day.

The conference Human Rights, Human Wrongs: Dilemmas and Diversity in Criminology will be hosted this year by the University of Leicester’s Department of Criminology.

Keynote speakers are:

• renowned human rights lawyer Clive Stafford Smith, OBE, founder and Director of Reprieve, a legal charity which focuses on death penalty cases and the legal rights of terrorism suspects;

• cultural criminologist Jeff Ferrell, currently Professor of Sociology at Texas Christian University, whose works include Crimes of Style, Tearing Down the Streets and Empire of Scrounge;

• Australian Reece Walters, Professor of Criminology at The Open University, whose research focuses on crimes of the powerful. Recent work addresses air pollution, Eco crime and GM food;

Ben Bowling, Professor of Criminology at Kings College London who is an expert in global policing, violence and racism;

Lilie Chouliaraki, Professor of Media and Communications at LSE, who has published on war, conflict, suffering and the use of appeals, films and celebrities at the service of human rights causes;

• Sociologist and broadcaster Laurie Taylor.

Special sessions this year include several focusing on how criminologists can impact policy and panels addressing criminological staples such as policing, probation and prisons as well as discussions of cyber and cross-border crime, youth crime, sexual crime, the power of prison documentaries and the need for a public criminology.

BSC President Mike Hough said: “As ever, the conference papers represent the diversity and expansion of the criminological community and the important work that is being done in institutions in this country and around the world to try and understand crime, criminality and wider societal issues.”

Co-Chair of the conference organising committee Yvonne Jewkes said: ‘We are pleased that this year the BSC conference has attracted so many scholars from different parts of the world. We are also delighted to welcome to Leicester two such distinguished speakers as Clive Stafford Smith and Laurie Taylor, in addition to four keynote academics who are all genuinely imaginative scholars and leading lights in their fields. The breadth of expertise represented by these six individuals and by the wider group of conference delegates illustrates the continuing relevance and growing diversity of criminology”.

The BSC, a learned society with 700 academic and practitioner members, holds a conference every year and also publishes a prestigious journal Criminology & Criminal Justice.

For further information, please contact University of Leicester Press Office on 0116 252 2415 pressoffice@le.ac.uk or James Treadwell from the British Society of Criminology Conference Organising Committee on 0750 006 8325 or jt146@le.ac.uk. Alternatively, please contact the British Society of Criminology Senior Policy Officer Dr Charlotte Harris at charlotte.harris@britsoccrim.org.

You can also visit the British Society of Criminology website: http://www.britsoccrim.org/nationalevents.htm.

Or the conference website: www.le.ac.uk/bscconference

BBC Radio 4's Thinking Allowed programme broadcast from the conference, click here to listen to the programme online.

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