Law and Criminology Guest Speaker Programme: Professor Barbara Hudson

23rd Feb 2011, 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Edge Hill University

‘Who Needs Justice? Who Needs Security?’

A series of thought-provoking lectures by leading law academics and commentators are taking place at Edge Hill University in Spring 2011 as part of the Department of Law and Criminology’s Guest Speaker Programme.

Papers will cover a range of subjects, including the Lisbon Treaty and National Parliaments, European Union Citizenship, terrorism and identity, labour law and the professional football player, and victims of crime.

The event on Wednesday 23rd February 2011 is titled ‘Who Needs Justice? Who Needs Security?’ and is presented by Professor Barbara Hudson, Professor of Law at the University of Central Lancashire.

Much criminological literature and political discourse seems to dichotomise ‘security’ and ‘justice’ in some sort of zero-sum such that enhancing one is at the expense of the other. Although it is undoubtedly the case that focus on security in advanced western countries, particularly since 9/11, has led to restrictions on civil liberties, globally the greater problem is the populations who lack both security and justice.

The paper will raise issues of security and justice, drawing on two recent events which show contrasting entitlements to justice and security – the volcanic ash incident in northern Europe, and the earthquake in Haiti. The paper will draw on the work of Agamben (especially his idea of ‘camps’), on Mike Davis’s Planet of Slums, Wacquant’s idea of ‘advanced marginality’, and the emerging idea of ‘a right to security’.

This free talk takes place from 2pm-3pm in Room B003 in the Business and Law building at Edge Hill University’s Ormskirk Campus.

For further information about the Law and Criminology Guest Speaker programme, please contact Professor Richard Parrish by calling 01695 657609 or emailing