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Postgraduate Interdisciplinary Conference: ‘Research and Practice in Crime, Law and Justice’

Starts: 14 January 2011

Friday 14th January 2011, 9.30am-5.00pm, Committee Rooms (Glamorgan Building)

Cheryl Allsop and Sarah Tucker (UPSI/SOCSI) presenting at the Conference

Cheryl Allsop and Sarah Tucker (UPSI/SOCSI) presenting at the Conference

Sponsored by the University Graduate College, students from the Cardiff School of Social Sciences hosted an Interdisciplinary Conference entitled Research and Practice in Crime, Law and Justice on Friday 14th January. The conference brought together postgraduate researchers from a diverse range of schools including; The Cardiff School of City and Regional Planning, The Cardiff School of Dentistry , The Cardiff School of European Studies, Cardiff Law School, Cardiff School of Psychology and Cardiff School of Social Sciences, along with students from Manchester University and London South Bank University and a Professional Doctorate student in Health, each with a common research interest in crime, law or justice. We were also delighted to welcome as guests to the conference police officers from two police forces who were particularly interested in hearing about the current research in policing.

Four key themes were addressed during the conference: Victimisation, Diversity and Law; Corporate and Financial Crimes; Policing and Major Crime Investigations; and Rights, Justice and Democracy. The myriad of topics presented serve to illuminate the diverse range of research which falls under the crime, law or justice umbrella and stimulated much discussion and debate among the attendees. Two key note speakers were also invited to talk on the realities of legal and criminological research in practice. 

The first key note speaker Professor Mike Levi, who has been a Professor in Criminology in the Cardiff School of Social Sciences since 1991, spoke about the practicalities and nuances of conducting criminological research and what the future might hold for research in this field. The plenary speech was given by Professor Ed Cape, Director for the Centre of Legal Research and Professor in Criminal Law and Practice at the University of the West of England Bristol. Professor Cape spoke on ‘criminal justice research, policy and practice, the good the bad and the ugly’ which focused on his most recent research working with an international team on an EU funded project now published as Effective Criminal Defence in Europe (2010). During this talk Professor Cape highlighted good and bad examples of how individuals gain access to justice and effective defence rights in the EU.

Overall the conference provided postgraduate students with an excellent opportunity to establish networks with colleagues from across the University and beyond.  After the conference a wine reception was held sponsored by the Cardiff Centre for Crime Law and Justice which facilitated further networking among postgraduate students and academics. It is hoped that by shining a light on the many different schools with researchers interested in these areas greater collaboration and interdisciplinary research in these fields will be achieved. 


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