Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Law

Trust and Co-operation in Criminal Justice: Local, Trans-national & Global Perspectives

03 July 2012 | 9.00am to 6.00pm | Conference
School of Law, The Liberty Building, University of Leeds

This one day conference brings together research from different areas of trust and cooperation within the criminal justice system. Key note speakers are Professor Mike Hough, (Birkbeck, University of London, chaired by Professor Betsy Stanko) and Professor Paul Roberts (University of Nottingham). The conference will be followed by a wine reception and the launch of Routledge’s new book: 'Just Authority? Trust in the Police in England and Wales', by Jonathan Jackson, Ben Bradford, Betsy Stanko and Katrin Hohl.  There will also be a launch of the latest book from the Centre for Criminal Justice Studies, 'Legitmacy and Compliance in Criminal Justice (Routledge)' edited by Adam Crawford and Anthea Hucklesby.

The complex inter-relationship between trust, confidence, control and security and the significant role that these relationships have in ensuring cooperation within national systems of justice, across borders and with citizens are the theme of this one-day conference. The system of criminal justice stands out as requiring trust and cooperation not only from citizens, but equally from other agencies, increasingly from other jurisdictions. Trust and confidence in justice are vital in order to maintain commitment to the rule of law and normative compliance among citizens.

It is the precarious balance between productive and counter-productive trust that emerges as a major problem of cooperation between criminal justice agencies, in particular in cross-border exchanges. As voluntary sector organisations become major players within criminal justice, questions arise around the emerging patterns of cooperation and the quest for integrity.  How much trust in criminal justice do we need, and how does this translate into cooperation?

As transnational policing spreads across the globe, trust as the foundation for cooperation and exchange seems to be in scarce supply. Developments in transnational policing rely upon law enforcement authorities trusting the processes, and data produced by extra-territorial authorities. Yet, integrity is essential for the production of generalised trust among law enforcement agencies, and as a ‘lubricant’ for cooperation. As voluntary sector organisations become major players within criminal justice, similar questions arise around the emerging patterns of cooperation and the quest for integrity.

Location Details

Moot Court Room (LT 1.28)
School of Law
The Liberty Building
University of Leeds
Leeds
LS2 9JT

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