Institute of Criminal Justice Studies

BSC Conference 2012

The Institute of Criminal Justice Studies was pleased to host the British Society of Criminology Conference for the second time in 2012. Keynote speakers included Katja Franko Aas, David Garland, Roger Hood and Sharon Shalev, and the conference included crime fiction readings from Sheila Hancock and celebrity friends, the launch of two important criminology texts and a panel with Neville Lawrence, father of Stephen Lawrence, discussing racism and the police. The British Society of Criminology Outstanding Achievement Award was presented to Professor Jock Young during the Welcome Address.

Papers from the conference may be read at the British Society of Criminology site: Papers from the British Criminology Conference 2012 (Vol. 12 ISSN 1759-0043)

Conference themes

Conference streams focused on:

  • Criminology at the Edge – Challenging disciplinary boundaries within criminological discourses
  • Borderless Crime and Boundless Insecurities – cyber crime, international and organised crime; policing and law enforcement across national boundaries.
  • Comparative and Global Criminology – criminology between and across national borders.
  • Criminal Justice at the Edge – working across sector and organisational boundaries.
  • Crimes of the Powerful - Crimes of the Powerless.
  • Crime Cultures – fictional meets factional imageries of crime and justice.
  • Teaching Criminology: ‘Blended learning’? – New developments in teaching and learning in undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral criminological programmes.
  • a themed day on 'Sexual Violence'
  • a 'Policing' stream

Keynote speakers

Katja Franko Aas
Professor of Criminology at the University of Oslo

Katja Franko Aas is Professor of criminology at the Department of Criminology and Sociology of Law, University of Oslo. She has written extensively on issues of globalization, security, migration and border control, surveillance and uses of information and communication technologies in contemporary penal systems. Her recent publications include Cosmopolitan Justice and its Discontents (co-edited with C. Baillet, Routledge, 2011), Technologies of Insecurity (co-edited with H.M. Lomell and H. O. Gundhus, Routledge-Cavendish, 2009), Globalization and Crime (Sage, 2007) and Sentencing in the Age of Information: from Faust to Macintosh (Routledge-Cavendish, 2005). The latter is joint winner of the 2006 Socio-Legal Studies Association Hart Book Prize.

Katja Franko Aas is Associate Editor of Crime Media Culture ( SAGE) and Associate Editor of Ashgate's book series Crime,Technology & Society. She is currently working on a project ‘Crime Control in the Borderlands of Europe’, funded by the European Research Council’s Starting Grants, about the impact of immigration on contemporary criminal justice agencies and patterns of crime control:

David Garland
Professor of Sociology, Department of Sociology, New York University.

David Garland graduated from the University of Edinburgh School of Law with an LLB, from Sheffield University with a postgraduate MA in Criminology and a PhD in Socio-Legal Studiesfrom the University of Edinburgh in 1984. Until 1997 he taught at the University of Edinburgh’s Centre for Law and Society where he held a personal Chair in Penology. He has held visiting positions at Leuven University, Belgium, the University of California, Berkeley and Yale University; was a Davis Fellow in Princeton University’s history department, and was a Visiting Global Professor in NYU Law School’s Global Law program.

David Garland was the founding editor of the international, interdisciplinary journal Punishment & Society. He edited the collection Mass Imprisonment: Social Causes and Consequences (2001) and, with Richard Sparks, he co-edited Criminology and Social Theory (2000). He is the author of an award-winning series of books on punishment and social control - Punishment and Welfare: A History of Penal Strategies (1985), Punishment and Modern Society: A Study in Social Theory (1990) and The Culture of Control: Crime and Social Order in Contemporary Society (2001).

He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, a Fellow of the American Society of Criminology, and a Fellow-Designate of the Center of Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences in Stanford, CA. In 2006 he was awarded a J.S. Guggenheim Fellowship for his research on capital punishment and American society.

Roger Hood
Emeritus Professor of Criminology and Fellow of All Souls College. 
Former Director of the Centre for Criminological Research, All Souls College

Roger Hood is recognised internationally as one of the leading scholars on capital punishment. He obtained his BSc in Sociology from the London School of Economics in 1957; his PhD from Cambridge University in 1963. He was appointed Reader in Criminology and head of the Penal Research Unit (which became the Centre for Criminological Research) at Oxford University 1973. He was given the title of Professor of Criminology in 1996.

He has been a member of the Parole Board for England and Wales, of the Judicial Studies Board and of the Departmental Committee to Review the Parole System (1987-88). He has also been consultant to the United Nations on the death penalty and was responsible for the UN Secretary General's reports on the Fifth, Sixth and Seventh Quinquennial Surveys of Capital Punishment in 1995, 2000-2001 and 2004-2005. From 1987-89 he was President of the British Society of Criminology. He is a member of the Foreign Secretary's Death Penalty Panel; has taken part in the UK/China Human Rights Dialogues and the UE/China Human Rights Seminars; is consultant on the death penalty to the Great Britain-China Centre; and a Trustee of the Grendon Friends Trust and The Death Penalty Project.

He has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Virginia Law School in 1980-82, 1984-90, and since 2005, and Adjunct Professor at City University Hong Kong since 2008, where he teaches an intensive short course on international perspectives on the death penalty. In 1986 he received the Sellin-Glueck Award from the American Society of Criminology for 'Distinguished Contributions to Criminology'; in 1992 he was elected a Fellow of the British Academy; and in 1995 was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) 'for services to the study of criminology'; and in 2000 he was appointed an honorary Queen's Counsel. He was sub-Warden of All Souls College from 1994-96, and was College Steward from 1993-2003. From October 2003 to May 2004 he was Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Hong Kong. In 2003, a Festschrift entitled The Criminological Foundations of Penal Policy (edited by Lucia Zedner and Andrew Ashworth) was published by Oxford University Press to mark his retirement.

His recent research has had three main strands: the death penalty; race and sentencing; and parole. The fourth edition of his book The Death Penalty: a Worldwide Perspective (with Carolyn Hoyle) was published by Oxford University Press in April 2008.

Sharon Shalev
Fellow at the Mannheim Centre for Criminology, London School of Economics
Associate of the International Centre for Prison Studies.

Sharon Shalev is a human rights worker and a criminologist. She gained her first degree in Political Science and International Affairs at Tel Aviv University and later took a post with the human rights organisation Israeli-Palestinian Physicians for Human Rights.

In 1995 she left her post to pursue an LLM in International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at Essex University. In 1998 she joined the LSE where she completed a PhD thesis on supermax prisons in the United States and later took part in the making of a documentary film on these prisons, filmed and broadcast in the United States.  She is a Research Fellow at the Mannheim Centre for Criminology and an Associate at the International Centre for Prison Studies.

Her main research interest is the use of solitary confinement in prisons and other places of detention, and she has authored various publications on the subject, including the Sourcebook on Solitary Confinement, a practitioner's guide to the health effects of solitary confinement and to human rights and professional standards relating to its use ( She also acts as an independent consultant in these areas. Her recent book, 'Supermax: controlling risk through solitary confinement' has been awarded the British Society of Criminology's Book Prize for 2010.