Police History: The Critical Analysis of Police and Law as Modes of Governance
This Lecture is part of the two day conference Histories of Policing, Regulation and Security. This is a free event but registration is required in advance via Eventbrite.
This public lecture reflects on the projects of historicizing criminal justice and criminal law as instances of the critical analysis of police and law as modes of governance. Regarding penal police and penal law as conflicting yet complementary long-standing paradigms of penal power, historiography as a form of critical analysis facilitates critical contextualized engagement with contemporary forms of penal governance. In this way, the historical analysis of penality qua law exemplifies the conception of legal history as New Historical Jurisprudence.
About the Speaker
Markus Dubber is Professor of Law at the University of Toronto, with a cross-appointment in the Centre of Criminology. His scholarship has explored theoretical, comparative, and historical approaches to the study of law, with a particular focus on criminal law. Representative publications include “New Historical Jurisprudence: Legal History as Critical Analysis of Law,” 2 Critical Analysis of Law 1 (2015); Foundational Texts in Modern Criminal Law (ed., 2014); Oxford Handbook of Criminal Law (ed. with Hörnle, 2014); Criminal Law: A Comparative Approach (with Hörnle, 2014); Modern Histories of Crime and Punishment (ed., with Farmer, 2007); The Police Power: Patriarchy and the Foundations of American Government (2005); “Policing Possession: The War on Crime and the End of Criminal Law,” 91 Journal of Criminal Law & Criminology 829 (2002).
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