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Criminal Law and Criminal Justice Theory Forum

The aim of the Forum is to provide a platform for interdisciplinary dialogue on the criminal law and the criminal justice system.

The aim of the Forum is to provide a platform for interdisciplinary dialogue on the criminal law and the criminal justice system. Its members and affiliates (mainly from LSE Law but also other LSE Departments and institutions) conduct research on various aspects of criminal law and criminal justice from a variety of methodological standpoints (moral, political and social theory, criminology, anthropology etc.).

The Forum organises an annual seminar series on criminal law and criminal justice theory. The aim of the series is to facilitate scholars and students coming together to discuss cutting edge research and share their views in a rigorous but friendly environment. We see our seminars as a vital break from the ‘solitary confinement’ of academic rumination: an occasion to meet new people working or studying in the field and to strengthen the community of scholars working in the field.

Seminars 2017/18

4 May 2017
Questioning culpability: Lessons from soterial-legal History
Chloë Kennedy (University of Edinburgh)

16 November 2017
Reflections on crime and culpability
Kimberly Kessler Ferzan (Virginia)
7 December 2017
Gestation as good samaritanism
Kate Greasley (UCL) 
18 January 2018
Political ideology and self-defence
Claes Lernestedt (Stockholm)

15 February 2018
Emotions and the criminal law: Anger and the defence of provocation
Sarah Sorial (Wollongong)
15 March 2018
Proving causation with naked statistical evidence
Amit Pundik (Tel Aviv)

3 May 2018
The political economy of punishment and the penal statein Latin America 
Manuel Iturralde (Universidad de los Andes).

For further information regarding the seminar series, please contact the Forum co-ordinators.



We have had the pleasure to host some of the most established scholars worldwide in criminal law and criminal justice studies but also younger scholars producing exciting new work. We also regularly host book launches celebrating the publication of important new work (but also putting it to close scrutiny!). See the right-hand column and the posters for the names of colleagues who presented their work in the Forum. The seminars consistently attract a numerous and active audience of people from various backgrounds and areas of expertise, including philosophers, sociologists, criminologists, and lawyers. The range of topics has also been impressively wide. This interdisciplinarity –which is a defining trait of the Forum and the LSE Criminal Law and Criminal Justice Group– enriches the experience of both speakers and attendees. Some of our seminars are organised in co-operation with the LSE Mannheim Centre for Criminology.

The Forum also organises informal events discussing work-in-progress by colleagues both from the LSE and beyond.

Should you be interested in receiving details regarding the Forum or individual events do not hesitate to contact the Forum co-ordinators.

The forum was greatly enriched by the participation of Prof. Mike Redmayne, who passed away in June 2015.

Forum Coordinators

Dr Emmanuel Melissaris (LSE Law)

Dr Federico Picinali (LSE Law) 

Forum Members

Dr Leonidas Cheliotis (LSE Social Policy)

Jonathan Fisher QC (LSE Law)

Dr Janet Foster (LSE, Sociology)

Prof. Jeremy Horder (LSE Law)

Prof. Jon Jackson (LSE, Methodology)

Dr Insa Koch (LSE Law)

Prof. Nicola Lacey (LSE Law)

Prof. Jill Peay (LSE Law)

Dr Peter Ramsay (LSE Law)

Prof. Robert Reiner (LSE Law)

Prof. Paul Rock (LSE Professor Emeritus of Sociology)

Dr Meredith Rossner (LSE Law)

Prof. David Soskice (LSE Government)