In recent years there have been significant challenges to traditional concepts of jurisdiction in the criminal law. The increasing complexity of certain financial transactions and the advent of technologies like cryptocurrencies have raised questions about where conduct has taken place, and the authority of certain nationally-based agencies to investigate and prosecute offences. In response, states have claimed jurisdiction over conduct which takes place in foreign countries where its only nexus is based on the nationality of the actors or victims, particular state interests implicated by the crime, or indeed, even the ‘wrongfulness’ of the conduct. In addition, the development of the internet continues to raise complex questions about the relationship between ‘cyberspace’ and particular geographical localities altogether.
The academic literature on jurisdiction has been slow to respond to these challenges. There is an extensive practical/practitioner literature, primarily focused on the development of solutions to issues as they come up in practice, while other jurisdictional debates are occurring in academic silos without broader engagement with the overarching concepts. The concept of territorial jurisdiction remains central to both the investigation and prosecution of criminal offences today notwithstanding the new developments. The aim of the workshop would thus be to bring together practitioners and academics to reflect on the challenges to concepts of jurisdiction and to stimulate new perspectives on jurisdiction and the criminal law.
N.B. a conference registration fee will apply though there will be discounted rates for early career researchers and postgraduates.
Professor Lindsay Farmer • University of Glasgow
Professor Julia Hörnle • Queen Mary University of London
Dr. Micheál Ó Floinn • University of Glasgow
Professor David Ormerod QC • Law Commissioner and University College London