Public lectures mark 25 years of criminal justice studies

A series of public lectures to mark the 25th anniversary of the University of Portsmouth’s Institute of Criminal Justice Studies (ICJS) will focus on 25 years of crime and punishment issues.

ICJS 2 webThe first of the talks will offer insight into the rise of historic investigations, including re-examinations of the Hillsborough disaster and inquiries into non-recent child abuse cases.

‘The Justice Web: Making Sense of the Rise and Rise of Non- Recent Investigations’ will be delivered by Professor Steve Savage, former Director of ICJS, and John Grieve, a former deputy assistant commissioner of the Metropolitan Police.

The free talk at the University’s St George’s Building on Thursday, 23 November will also look at ‘legacy’ investigations into the Troubles in Northern Island. It will focus on the key driving forces behind re-examinations of the past and look at the challenges for investigators.

The ICJS was established in 1992 as part of the University of Portsmouth. It is one of the UK’s leading centres for research and course provision in criminology, criminal justice and police studies. As well as providing undergraduate and postgraduate courses it offers expertise in criminal psychology, counter fraud, security, forensics and investigation and community justice.

Professor Francis Pakes, Associate Head (Research) of ICJS, said: “Our 25 year anniversary represents an excellent opportunity to look back over 25 years of crime and justice and also to look forward. ICJS has been at the forefront of many innovations in criminal justice and security in the last 25 years and we aim to extend that track record in the future.”

Other talks scheduled are:

  • ‘25 Years of Riots Research’, led by Professor Tim Newburn of the London School of Economics, 11 January
  • ‘25 Years of Responding to Hate Crime’ with Professor Neil Chakraborti of the University of Leicester, 7 March
  • ‘25 Years of Prison ‘Reform’ with Professor Rosie Meek of the Royal Holloway University of London, 26 April

‘The Justice Web: Making Senses of the Rise and Rise of Non- Recent Investigations’ begins at 5pm on Thursday, November 23 in Room 0.20, St George’s Building, 141 High Street, Portsmouth PO1 2HY. Reserve your place here.

Other talks will be available to book via the University website in due course.

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