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CrimJurConveners: Professor Antje du Bois-Pedain and Dr Hend Hanafy

The Criminal Jurisprudence and Philosophy group connects researchers across Law and Criminology who work on ethical or theoretical aspects of criminal law, punishment, and criminal justice. It provides a forum for the presentation of draft work. The group works on a 'pre-read' basis, and papers are circulated to those on the mailing list a few days before the meeting. PhD researchers, MPhil students, LLM students and visiting scholars are very welcome to attend.

Three sessions are typically held each term between October and May. The sessions last for one hour and a half to two hours. Presenters introduce their papers for about 30 minutes, followed by questions and discussion. They often also share some of the backstory of the work presented, as this speaks to methodological, theoretical or practical issues encountered and how these were overcome.

The sessions are usually held in a hybrid format. Please email Professor Antje du Bois-Pedain and Dr Hend Hanafy at if you want to be put on the mailing list and attend the sessions of the group.

CrimJur Schedule 2023-24

All sessions will be held from 4.30 to 6pm in the Boardroom at the Institute of Criminology, except for the first session in Michaelmas term which will be held in the OCR room at St Catharine’s College.

Michaelmas term

  • 11 October 2023 Alexander Greenberg: “Could’ve Known Better”
  • 25 October 2023 Esko Yli-Hemminki, “A Theory of The Criminal Law’s Person”
  • 8 November 2023 Ryan Liss, “The Normative Structure of International Criminal Law”
  • 22 November 2023 Mark Dsouza, “Why we need a normative theory of pro tanto criminal proscription”

Lent Term

  • 24 January 2024 Milena Tripkovic, “‘Corrupt’ citizenship? Citizenship sanctions and the transforming functions of criminal law”
  • 7 February 2024 Gaber Mohamed, “Sharia-based Criminal Reconciliations as a Form of Privatization of Criminal Justice in the Modern Muslim State”
  • 21 February 2024 Levin Güver, “Untangling the Gordian Knot of Motive”
  • 6 March 2024 Andreas Vassiliou, “Excuses: A Nuclear Reply to John Gardner”

Easter Term

  • 1 May 2024 Malcolm Thorburn, tbc
  • 15 May 2024 Gustavo A. Beade, “Public Blame as Vigilantism? Recasting the idea of Blame as Persuasion”