Public Lecture 2014
THE CASE OF THE MUCH-PUNISHED PROFESSOR – 25 YEARS ON
CHRISTOPHER HARDING and RICHARD IRELAND
WEDNESDAY 5TH NOVEMBER 2014
ELYSTAN MORGAN BUILDING, LLANBADARN CAMPUS, ABERYSTWYTH
Sages on the stage ! A quarter of a century ago two (relatively young) teachers and researchers in the Aberystwyth Law Department published a work on the ‘theory of punishment’ – Punishment: Rhetoric, Rule and Practice. For its time perhaps, ambitiously interdisciplinary and iconoclastic, how does this book stand the test of time ? The authors now revisit the essential argument of the work and its methodology, and critically consider whether they stand by what they wrote then, and how their subsequent teaching and research has drawn upon the ideas and thesis contained in the book. This will also be an opportunity to reflect on how discourse on punishment has fared in the past 25 years, on what has changed and what has not changed. The lecture will also serve to show how a simple idea and concept may prove to be the deepest, the broadest and, it will be argued, the most valuable.
Organised by the Law and Society Research Group