Inaugural annual criminal justice lecture, by Prof David Sklansky (Stanford), who will argue that to understand "violence" we need to address race, gender, class and politics.
Law at Goldsmiths is delighted to announce its inaugural annual criminal justice lecture and symposium, marking the Law programme’s emphasis, and strengths, in criminal justice and international human rights.
The annual lecture will be delivered on March 26, 2019, at Goldsmiths, by Stanford Law School’s Prof David Sklansky, a world renowned authority on criminal law, criminal procedure and evidence.
Sklansky will argue that criminal law is shaped by three different sets of ideas about violence. First, there are ideas about the definition of violence. What does “violence” mean, or what should it mean? Where should the line be drawn between the violent and the nonviolent? Second, there are ideas about the salience of violence. However violence is defined, how much should it matter, and in what ways, if conduct is violent rather than nonviolent? Third and finally, there are ideas about the nature of violence. How does violence operate? How does it start and stop? Is it the product of temperaments or of circumstances? Is violence best understood as a quality of particular persons, of particular situations, or of particular acts? The answers that criminal law gives to each of these questions vary widely, and they are strongly influenced by culture and by social realities. In particular, Sklansky will conclude, it is impossible to understand violence as a legal concept without addressing the fault lines of race, gender, class, and politics.
Prof Sklansky’s scholarship has addressed the law, sociology, and political science of policing; the proper exercise and constraint of prosecutorial power; the interpretation and application of the Fourth Amendment; fairness and accuracy in criminal adjudication; the relationship between criminal justice and immigration laws; and the role of race, gender, and sexual orientation in law enforcement. He serves as faculty co-director of the Stanford Criminal Justice Center and is a faculty affiliate of Stanford’s Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity and a member of the American Law Institute. Before joining the faculty of Stanford Law School in 2014, Sklansky taught at U.C. Berkeley and UCLA. Earlier he practiced labour law in Washington D.C. and served as an Assistant United States Attorney in Los Angeles.
David Sklansky’s lecture will be followed by the Law at Goldsmiths annual criminal justice symposium at the British Academy, on March 27, 2019, on: How criminal procedure thinks about international human rights (in an era of resurgent nationalist and populist threats).
For more information please contact Prof Dimitrios Giannoulopoulos at firstname.lastname@example.org
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