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Criminal Law and the Authority of the State

Criminal Law and the Authority of the StateCriminal Law and the Authority of the State

This project, led by Antje du Bois-Pedain in collaboration with two Swedish scholars (Professor Magnus Ulväng and Professor Petter Asp), addresses how the state, as a public authority, relates to those under its jurisdiction through the criminal law. A workshop was held at Uppsala University, and a volume arising from this workshop was published in the Centre’s book series early in 2017, with contributions from criminal lawyers, public lawyers, legal theorists and criminologists. The chapters in the volume range widely, from (for example) a critique of the privatization of criminal justice services to an analysis of the offence of treason. Contributions were made by both the Centre’s Directors – Anthony Bottoms and Justice Tankebe wrote a joint chapter on ‘Police Legitimacy and the Authority of the State’, and Antje du Bois-Pedain addressed the issue of ‘Punishment as an Inclusionary Practice’.

du Bois-Pedain, A., Ulväng, M. and Asp, P. (eds) (2017) Criminal Law and the Authority of the State. Oxford: Hart.