The two-hour online event will consist of a welcome message by Professor Robert Spano (President of the European Court of Human Rights), introductory remarks by Professors Andrew Ashworth (University of Oxford), R A Duff (University of Stirling) and Lucia Zedner (University of Oxford), a brief presentation of the volume’s content by its editors, a panel discussion with the contributing authors and a Q&A session with the audience. The panel discussion will be led by three academic commentators, Professors Tatjana Hörnle (MPI-CSL, Freiburg), Douglas Husak (Rutgers University) and Valsamis Mitsilegas (Queen Mary University of London), who will comment on core aspects of the book and its chapters and provide authors right of reply. Points of discussion will be based on the volume’s individual contributions as such and also evaluated in the light of the special topic ‘Proportionality and Criminal law in a State of Emergency’. The aim is to highlight the relevance of the book’s central topic to current emergency issues causing governments and international organisations to adopt highly intrusive restrictive measures and new (occasionally extreme) security and surveillance regimes.
‘Proportionality in Crime Control and Criminal Justice’ is edited by Emmanouil Billis, Nandor Knust and Jon Petter Rui and published by Hart Publishing [Oxford, UK; 408 pp; ISBN (Hardback): 9781509938605]. This volume seeks to reassess the old and to analyse and develop novel approaches to the notion of proportionality in criminal matters and the new security architecture. It offers an interdisciplinary and cross-jurisdictional exploration of highly topical, proportionality-related issues pertinent to penal theory and legal philosophy, criminalisation policies, security and anti-terrorism strategies, alternative types of justice delivery, and supranational enforcement as well as human rights and international criminal and humanitarian law. The 21 contributing authors from the UK, the US, Continental Europe and Scandinavia are leading scholars and practitioners in the fields of criminal law and justice, public and comparative law, legal and political theory and legal philosophy.