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Judicial-Academic Seminars

Judicial-Academic Seminars

In April 2016, the Centre was visited by Judge Christopher Maxwell, President of the Court of Appeal of Victoria (Australia). The opportunity was taken to convene a seminar on sentencing involving not only academics but also judges from England and Wales, Scotland and Canada. Arising from the seminar, a special issue of the leading journal Criminal Law Forum (2017, volume 28, issue 3) was published, edited by Antje du Bois-Pedain.

A further judicial-academic seminar of a different kind was held in December 2017. Arising from Professor Bottoms’ review of the work of the Sentencing Council, the Sentencing Council requested that the Centre should join forces with the Council to sponsor a one-day seminar on sentencing research and how it can best be used by the Council.  The seminar, which was held at the Royal Courts of Justice and opened by Lord Justice Treacy (Chairman of the Sentencing Council) included a presentation on the Council's research and analysis work; presentations and discussion of two selected topics (researching consistency in sentencing; special issues arising in the sentencing of offenders with mental health problems); and an open-ended discussion of possible future research topics that might assist the Council's work.  At the seminar, it was announced that the Council plans to organise a similar seminar annually, probably with alternating academic co-sponsors. The Centre is very pleased to have had the opportunity to initiate, with the Council, this important link between the Council and the research community.