skip to primary navigationskip to content

Centre for Penal Theory and Penal Ethics

Institute of Criminology

Studying at Cambridge



The Centre for Penal Theory and Penal Ethics is a research centre at the Institute of Criminology. Founded in 2000 by Professor Andreas von Hirsch, the Centre acts as a focus for normative theorisation within the Institute, with special reference to topics concerning criminal justice. The Centre’s distinctive mission is to ensure that criminal justice research and theory remains in constant dialogue with the best thinking in the fields of ethics, political philosophy and jurisprudence. This mission is pursued by (i) promoting a series of high level conferences leading to publications on key themes; (ii) undertaking some small-scale research projects; and (iii) hosting visiting scholars working on topics within the Centre’s remit.


Centre Leaders - carousel


Professor Sir Anthony Bottoms


Deputy Director

Dr. Antje du Bois-Pedain


Founding Director

Professor Andreas von Hirsch