Public Events


The vitality of departmental research environment is further evidenced through the Department’s organisation of conferences, seminars and a guest speaker programme. These events attract distinguished academics and practitioners from the UK and overseas, and add richness to the student experience.

As part of our mission to bring benefit to our local community, the guest speaker programme is freely open to the public.

Conferences and Seminars Organised

Conferences and Seminars Organised

  • June 2014: International Conference on The ‘Cross-Fertilization’ Rhetoric in Question: Use and Abuse of the European Court’s Jurisprudence by International Criminal Tribunals, with a Keynote Speaker Judge Cuno Tarfusser, Vice-President of the International Criminal Court.
  • September 2013: International, Interdisciplinary Workshop on ‘Hans Kelsen and the Natural Law Tradition’. Hosted by the Department of Law and Criminology, Edge Hill University, UK in association with, and generously supported by, the Austrian Cultural Forum, London, UK. Co-organised by Dr Peter Langford, Department of Law and Criminology, Edge Hill University; Dr Ian Bryan, Lancaster Law School, University of Lancaster; Dr John McGarry, Department of Law and Criminology, Edge Hill University. Speakers included: Professor Jose Manuel Cabra Apalategui (Faculty of Law, University of Malaga, Spain), Dr. Sandrine Baume (Centre for Public Law, Faculty of Law and Criminal Justice, University of Lausanne, Switzerland), Professor Paolo Carrozza (Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies, Pisa, Italy),?Dr. Maurizio Cau (Italian-German Historical Institute, Trento, Italy), Professor Pierluigi Chiassoni (Faculty of Law, University of Genoa, Italy), Professor Véronique Champeil-Desplats (Faculty of Law, University of Paris X, France), Professor Christine Chwaszcza (Faculty of Philosophy, University of Cologne, Germany), Dr. Mariano Croce (Centre for Law and Cosmopolitan Values, University of Antwerp, Belgium), Dr. Gaëlle Demelemestre (Centre de Recherche Sens, Ethique et Société (CERSES), University of Paris V, France), Dr. Ana Dimiškovska –Trajanoska (Department of Philosophy, Sts. Cyril and Methodius University, Skopje, Republic of Macedonia), Dr. Johannes Feichtinger (Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna, Austria), Dr. Franz Fillafer (Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz-Preis Research Group ‘Global Processes’, University of Konstanz, Germany), Dr. Valeria Giordano (Faculty of Law, University of Salerno, Italy), Dr. Peter Gostmann, (Department of Sociology, University of Frankfurt, Germany), Dr. Lisebeth Huppes-Cluysenaer (Faculty of Law, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands), Dr. Carlo Invernizzi Accetti (Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris, France), Professor Lorenz Kähler (Faculty of Law, University of Bremen, Germany), Professor Christian Krijnen (Department of Philosophy, University of Tilburg/University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands), Dr. Sara Lagi (Middlebury College, Florence, Italy), Professor Isabel Lifante Vidal (Faculty of Law, University of Alicante, Spain), Professor Claes Peterson (Faculty of Law, University of Stockholm, Sweden), Professor Jan-Reinhard Sieckmann (Faculty of Law, University of Erlangen, Germany), Professor Joachim Renzikowski (Faculty of Law, Martin-Luther-University, Halle-Wittenberg, Germany), Dr. Francescomaria Tedesco (Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies, Pisa, Italy),? Professor Francesco Viola (Faculty of Law, University of Palermo, Italy).
  • April 2013: International Conference on ‘The First Ten Years of the International Criminal Court: Achievements and Challenges’, with a Keynote Speaker Judge Cuno Tarfusser, Vice-President of the International Criminal Court.
  • March 2013: ‘The Prison and the Public’Conference co-hosted with the Department of English and History, Edge Hill University.
  • July 2012: International, Interdisciplinary Conference on ‘Hans Kelsen and Max Weber: Convergences and Divergences in Conceptions of the Juridico-Political’. Hosted by the Department of Law & Criminology, Edge Hill University, co-organised with Lancaster Law School, Lancaster University. Speakers included: Professor Hans-Joachim Busch (University of Frankfurt, Germany), Dr Johannes Feichtinger (Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna), Dr Peter Gostmann (University of Frankfurt, Germany), Professor Christian Krijnen (University of Tilburg, The Netherlands), & Professor Michel Troper (Paris X, France).
  • March 2012: International Conference on Sports Law, Manchester, UK. Hosted by the Centre for Sports Law Research, Edge Hill University, in partnership with Brabners Chaffe Street Solicitors.
  • February 2011: ‘The Lisbon Treaty and National Parliaments’ Workshop. Hosted by the Department of Law and Criminology, Edge Hill University. Speakers were Lord Norton of Louth and Dr. Katrin Auel (Frankfurter Institut für Transformationsstudien).
  • March 2010: ‘The Future of European Sports Law: The Lisbon Treaty and Sport’ Workshop. Hosted by the Department of Law and Criminology, Edge Hill University. Speakers were Maurice Watkins (Director, Manchester United FC), Professor Stephen Weatherill (University of Oxford) & Ken Foster (University of Westminster).
  • February 2010: ‘Crime in Its Contexts’. Conference co-hosted with the Department of History, Edge Hill University.
  • July 2008: Third Annual Sport&EU Conference. Hosted by the Centre for Sports Law Research, Edge Hill University, supported by the University Association of Contemporary European Studies (UACES) and the Centre for the Study of International Governance at the University of Loughborough.
  • February 2008: ‘The European Commission White Paper on Sport, Den Haag, Netherlands. Supported by the British Council-NWO Partnership Programme in Science. Gardiner, S., Parrish, R., & Siekmann, R. (eds) (2009), EU Sport, Law and Policy: Regulation, Re-regulation and Representation, Den Haag: TMC Asser Press, pp. 619.

Guest Speaker Programme

Guest Speaker Programme

2015/16 Programme

Department of Law & Criminology Guest Speaker

Dr Alex Dymock: “Prurience, Punishment and the Image: Reading ‘Law-and-Order-Pornography'”
25 November 2015, 4.30pm, B001 Business and Law Building

The paper aims to expand current interpretations of the representational and spectatorial politics of visual criminology by investigating what Wacquant has termed ‘law-and-order-pornography’, imbuing images of law and order with signifiers of the pornographic in order to describe the fusion of prurient, punitive and erotic affects they command. The first part of the paper brings into conversation the fields of visual criminology and porn studies. It examines more closely what is at stake in infusing crime images with the grammar and logic of the pornographic by paying particular attention to the potted history of pornography, and the politics of the male gaze. The second part of the paper argues that attaching the pornographic to images of law and order has begun to be refracted back onto the sphere of adult entertainment, using the phenomenon of ‘revenge pornography’ to examine the problematic effects this may have.

Dr Alex Dymock is Lecturer in Criminology and Law at Royal Holloway, University of London.

Department of Law & Criminology and i4P 2015 Policing Lecture

Professor Simon Holdaway: “The Recent Politics of the Police: Re-Professionalisation and Regulation”
10 December 2015, 5.30pm, B001 Business and Law Building

The Department of Law and Criminology and i4P are pleased to welcome Professor Simon Holdaway, Professor Emeritus of Criminology and Sociology at the University of Sheffield and part-time Professor of Criminology, Nottingham Trent University, as he explores the significant changes which have been introduced to create new and to strengthen established organisations charged with the regulation of the police in England and Wales.

Simon Holdaway is Professor Emeritus of Criminology and Sociology at the University of Sheffield and part-time Professor of Criminology, Nottingham Trent University.

Full details of how to register for this event can be found here.

Previous Speakers

  • Details of the 2015/16 Guest Speaker Programme >>
  • In 2014/15, visiting speakers included Professor Peter Squires (University of Brighton) who spoke on “The American Dream and the Kalashnikov Nightmare: Globalisation and Weaponisation”
  • In 2013/14, the Department welcomed: Paul Tweed (Barrister, Johnsons Solicitors), Ursula Smartt (Consultant in Law and Social Policy), Dr Michelle Farrell (University of Liverpool), Alex Fynn (Football Consultant), Professor Guy Standing (University of London), Helen Bonnick (Social Worker and Author of the Parent Abuse Blog), Dr Amanda Holt (Lancaster University) and Dr Caroline Miles (University of Manchester).
  • In 2012/13, the visiting speakers included: Professor Vincenzo Ruggiero (Professor of Sociology, Director of the Crime and Conflict Research Centre, Middlesex University), Lee Webster (Womankind Worldwide), Dr Victoria Canning (Liverpool John Moores University), Dr Charlotte Bilby (Northumbria University), Dr Thom Brooks (University of Newcastle), Amanda Weisbaum (War Child), Dr Laura Valentini (University College London), James Marriott (Platform), Dr Christopher Bennett (University of Sheffield).
  • In 2011/12, the Department hosted: Professor Sandra Walklate (University of Liverpool), Professor Simon Hallsworth (Professor of Social Research and Director of the Centre for Social and Evaluation Research, London Metropolitan University), Professor Joanna Phoenix (Professor of Criminology/Dean of Queen’s Campus, Durham University), Solicitor Daniel Geey (Field Fisher Waterhouse LLP), and Solicitor and former professional footballer Stuart Ripley (Brabners Chaffe Street, Manchester).
  • In 2010/11, the guest speakers included: Lord Norton of Louth, Dr. Katrin Auel (Frankfurter Institut für Transformationsstudien), Professor Barbara Hudson (University of Central Lancashire), Dr. Diana Cucos (Academy of Sciences of Moldova), Gordon Taylor OBE (The Professional Footballers Association), Professor Dora Kostakopoulou (University of Manchester), Angus MacCulloch (Lancaster University), Dr. Gabe Mythen (University of Liverpool).
  • In 2009/2010, the Department welcomed: Professor Ian Loader (University of Oxford), Gordon Bennett (Survival International), Sally Weddell (Crown Prosecution Service) and Roberto Branco Martins (General Manager of the European Football Agents Association).



For further information please contact Professor Richard Parrish.

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