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New Zealand visit abandonedMonday, March 16, 2020 - 15:51

At the last moment I have had to abandon my trip to Christchurch and Canterbury University. If I had left for New Zealand as planned I would have found myself in quarantine for the whole of my time there, so the proposed visit became pointless. This has proven very disappointing for all concerned but we shall try to re-arrange it for some time in the not too distant future. Later this year, however, associate Shea Esterling plans to spend some of her research leave in Oxford so we will have the opportunity to meet at that time.

New Zealand VisitTuesday, February 18, 2020 - 15:53

During the second part of March I shall be visiting Christchurch in New Zealand. As well as an opportunity to see part of the South Island, this will involve a visit to Canterbury University in Christchurch and the chance to catch up with associate Shea Esterling, former colleague from Aberystwyth and now working in the Law Faculty at Canterbury University. While there I shall join one or two graduate seminars at the University and generally enjoy the New Zealand late summer. Shea, a few years ago a PhD candidate and tutor at Aberystwyth, has revived an earlier connection between the two universities.- in the early 1940s, Isobel Matson, the first female graduate in Law from Canterbury University, also became the first female member of academic staff in the Aberystwyth Law School, before returning to Christchurch with her husband John, later to be Vice-Chancellor at Canterbury University.  

Dewis/Choice Project Launch Event Tuesday, February 18, 2020 - 15:12

The Dewis/Choice Research Project is hosting a launch event to mark the award of extra funding, at the Angel Hotel, Cardiff on 19 February: 'Transforming the Response to Domestic Abuse in Later Life'. £335,000 has been awarded by UK Portfolio to extend the research to other parts of the UK, and a number of presentations will explain how the research programme will be developed further with the support of this funding. Speakers will include project leader Sarah Wydall, Professor John Williams, Rebecca Zerk and the Older People's Commissioner for Wales. There will be a report on the completion of a new hand-book, Practitioners' Guidance, and the showing of an award winning short film dealing with LGB victim-survivor experience recently made as part of the project.

New research publicationsWednesday, January 15, 2020 - 11:54

A number of my research papers have recently been published or are imminent for publication. 'Enforcement Inconsistency in EU Competition Cases as a Rule of Law Problem' has appeared in the fourth issue of the 2019 volume of Legal Issues of Economic Integration. This paper is based on my presentation in Budapest a year ago (see News Box), and is full of 'enforcement boxes' (I like boxes as an explanatory device). 'The System of EU Antitrust Law: Characteristics, safeguards and differences from traditional criminal law', originating in my presentation in Freiburg in the summer of 2018 (see News Box), has now been published in volume 90 (2019) Revue Internationale de Droit Penal. Then, along with research associate Joanna Banach-Gutierrez, I have edited a forthcoming special issue (five papers) of the New Journal of European Criminal Law,. 'Exploring the Interface between EU and National Criminal Law'. The band plays on !

Leicester Guildhall GigFriday, December 6, 2019 - 16:05

On Tuesday 3 December I made my scheduled appearance at the Leicester Guildhall, a historical site, to present some ideas about penal history to some students and staff from De Montfort University, Gavin Dingwall and Tim Hillier had prepared the ground well for an atmospheric venue, with a bit of chill and some nice fading afternoon light in the upper windows of the old hall - memorable. A visit to the Guildhall is highly recommended, especially for aficionados of older penal devices, such as the scold's bridle and metal gibbet cage. That should prove to be my last public performance for 2019.

Lecture at Leicester GuildhallTuesday, November 26, 2019 - 11:55

Gavin Dingwall and Tim Hillier of the School of Law at De Montfort University have invited me to contribute some penal history to one of their modules, and arranged for a session on this subject at the Leicester Guildhall. That should be suitably atmospheric, and on Tuesday afternoon, 3 December, I shall talk about major transitions in penal method and penal philosophy to a group of students and staff from the Law School. There is of course much to say on the subject and I shall be exploring the shift from the public assault on the offender's body to more subtle manipulation of the offender's mind. A history of progress or desperate remedies ? That will be for the audience to decide. 

University Founders' Celebration at CardiffMonday, November 25, 2019 - 14:28

Each year Aberystwyth University holds a Founders' Celebration at the Pierhead building on Cardiff Bay. The 2019 event took place on November 19th and I travelled to Cardiff with John Williams and Sarah Wydall, to meet and talk with present and past members of the University. There was a focus this time on the Department of Law and Criminology and there were brief presentations by new Head of Department, Emyr Lewis, and by Sarah, who talkied about the Dewis/Choice Project. Among other interesting conversations, it was good to have some chat with some Law alumni from some time past - Moy Lewis, Philip Boobier and Darran Phillips.

EU Criminal Justice Agencies Symposium in LundMonday, October 21, 2019 - 15:25

On 15 October I made my way to Sweden to take part in this symposium at Lund University, which discussed transnational criminal enforcement by EU criminal justice agencies. The meeting was supported by the Swedish Network for European Legal Studies and organised by Jacob Oberg of Lund University. Naturally enough there was a good deal of contemplation of the value added by the project now going under the name of 'EU Criminal Law', and I was able to float the idea of the enterprise as a 'ship of fools' in Plato's sense of the term (what a great metaphor !) Going to Lund was also the opportunity to meet or catch up with a number of interesting people - Jacob himself Mike Levi, Christian Kaunert, and Ester Herlin-Karnell, among others. In addition I was able to have some stimulating conversations with Maria Green, also of Lund University, who shares an active interest in legal story-telling. A full and engaging few days in a nice Scandinavian setting.