School of Law

New Approaches to Transnational and International Criminal Law and Justice

1 December - 2 December 2016 | 09:30-13:30

Devonshire Hall, Cumberland Road, Leeds, LS6 2EQ

This is a free conference but registration is required in advance. Catering will be provided. 

In this Section:

The Centre for Criminal Justice Studies (CCJS) at the University of Leeds will hold a 2 day workshop entitled ‘New Approaches to Transnational and International Criminal Law and Justice’. While it is an informal event with the aim of drawing up a research agenda, anyone interested is very welcome to attend and participate.

The workshop aims to study the interrelationship between international, transnational and domestic criminal law and justice.

Transnational and international criminal justice are two branches of scholarship that have developed along separate trajectories without much interaction. This is surprising and unfortunate since they have a lot in common. Like international crimes (genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity), transnational crimes (terrorism, organized crime, drug-trafficking and cyber-crime) can be committed under the guise of armed conflict. Indeed, almost every armed conflict or situation that is under investigation by the International Criminal Court (ICC), is essentially about a scramble for natural resources and comes with organized criminality and business interference from the ‘outside’ (Western powers, China).

Recently, scholars in criminal justice and criminology have directed their attention to studying international crime and applying criminological theories to international crime. This is an exciting development and requires addressing the question about the nature of international and transnational crime: to what extent do these crimes differ, or not, from domestic, ‘garden-variety’ crimes? And if they do differ, how does that impact prevention and punishment strategies?

Thursday 1st December

9.30 Coffee & Tea


10.00 Welcome and Opening
Louise Ellison, Director CCJS

10.05 Domestic, International and Transnational Criminal Justice
Elies van Sliedregt

Roundtable discussion 1: A criminology of mass atrocities

Chair: Adam Crawford

10.15 What makes a crime national, international or transnational?
Stephan Parmentier (Leuven university)

11.00 Why international criminal lawyers need to study criminology
Marina Aksenova (iCourts, Copenhagen university)

11.45 Criminological Theory and International Crime
Andy Aydin-Aitchison (Edinburgh university)

12.30 – 13.30 Lunch

Roundtable discussion 2: Criminal justice and transnational crime

Chair: Anthea Hucklesby

13.30 Redefining Corporate Criminal ‘Justice’ in the 21th Century: Corruption and the Criminalisation of Corporate Failure’
Nicholas Lord (Manchester University)

14.15 Comparative criminal justice: the origins of the crime drop
Graham Farrell (University of Leeds)

15.00 Transborder crime
Conor O’Reilly (University of Leeds)

16.00 Tea

17.00 Inaugural address (to take place in the Liberty Building, University of Leeds):
‘Joint Criminal Confusion: the Rise and Fall of Joint Enterprise liability in English and international criminal law’
Elies van Sliedregt (University of Leeds) 

Friday 2nd December

10.00 Coffee & Tea

Roundtable discussion 3: The idea of International Justice

Chair: Elies van Sliedregt

10.30 Cosmopolitanism and the system of global criminal justice
Mark Drumbl (Washington & Lee university)

11.15 The Responsibility to Protect and Prosecute.
Jason Ralph and Daniel Wand (University of Leeds)

12.00 Post-trial justice and the imperfect system of international justice
Barbora Hola (VU Amsterdam)

12.45 Closing Session

13.30 Lunch


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