Robina Institute of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice

Robina Co-Sponsors International Conference on "The Legitimate Ambit of Domestic and International Criminalization"

The Robina Institute of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice is please to co-sponsor an international conference on "The Legitimate Ambit of Domestic and International Criminalization" with Osgoode Hall Law School's Nathanson Center at York University in Toronto, Canada, April 1-3, 2016. 

This conference consists of comparative and international junior criminal law scholars, invited from universities across the world. The aim of the conference is to build upon the path breaking work conducted from 2008 to 2012 by leading criminal law theorists (Duff, Farmer, Marshall, Renzo, and Tadros) in an ambitious project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council of the United Kingdom. The task they set for themselves was to try and answer the questions of what should be criminalized, according to what goals and principles, what forms this criminalization should take, and how it should be applied. The group organized a series of meetings and workshops on different aspects of this inquiry, involving a large number of criminal law scholars from across the globe. The project led to a number of notable publications, including four edited volumes: The Boundaries of Criminal Law (OUP 2010), The Structures of Criminal Law (OUP 2011), The Constitution of Criminal Law (OUP 2013), and Criminalization: The Political Morality of the Criminal Law (OUP 2014).

This conference seeks to continue to build on the work done in the context of this Criminalization Project. To do so, it brings together a group of dynamic and original early and mid-career criminal law theorists, most of whom did not have a chance to participate in the Criminalization Project. Their task will be to address one of the understudied areas identified by the original Criminalization group as ripe for further theoretical engagement. It is our hope that their fresh perspectives will allow us to make further progress in unraveling the complexity of the many puzzles of criminalization, and contribute to unveiling new vistas and questions from which to better understand its legitimate ambit, domestically and/or internationally.

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