Call for papers: the Centre for Criminal Law and Criminal Justice Postgraduate Conference 2015

Dear all,

We are writing to you as the organising committee of the Centre for Criminal Law and Criminal Justice Postgraduate Conference 2015. This is a call for papers for the Centre’s Second Annual Postgraduate Conference 2015 to be held at the University of Durham Law School on 1st May and 2nd May 2015. The theme of the conference this year will be ‘Sexual Offences in the Criminal Justice System: National and International Perspectives’.

The Postgraduate Conference provides an excellent opportunity for postgraduate students and early-career researchers to present their research in a friendly environment, engage in debates with other researchers and speak with specialists in the field of Sexual Offences.

The aim of this conference is to encourage and facilitate a dialogue on contemporary legal and sociological issues surrounding sexual offences with other researchers, leading academics and practitioners, through paper presentations and plenary sessions.

We are lucky to have a variety of speakers attending the conference including:

Judge Professor Wolfgang Schomburg

Professor Victor Tadros

Professor Michael Bohlander

Professor Clare McGlynn

The conference will hold three plenary sessions and close with a round table made up of some of the leading academics and practitioners in the area of sexual offences. The round table title is ‘Consent in Morality and Law: Never the Twain Shall Meet?’. There will be a conference dinner on the Friday evening at a local restaurant.

We welcome a multi-disciplinary approach and would encourage papers in areas including (but not limited to):

  • Charging criteria
  • Evidential and prosecutorial issues
  • Sexual offences legislation
  • Sexual offences in international criminal law
  • Rape as a weapon of war
  • Offender rehabilitation
  • Restorative justice (both national and international)
  • Public perceptions of sex offences and sex offenders
  • Consent

–          Comparative studies on sexual offences

A selection of papers from the conference will be published as an online collection.

If you are interested in presenting a paper please email an abstract to by Monday 6th April 2015. Abstracts should be a maximum of 300 words and be sent along with: your name, the title of your paper, the name of your institution and your email address.

More information on the conference, including registration details, will be made available on our website:

Fees for the conference are £15 which includes refreshments and lunch.

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Thank you in advance for your time.

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