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Date: 17 June 2021 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Location: Max Planck Institute for the Study of Crime, Security and Law, Günterstalstraße 73, 79100 Freiburg im Breisgau
Organized by: Max Planck Institute for the Study of Crime, Security and Law (Otto Hahn Research Programme) and University of Tromsø (Faculty of Law)
Book Launch & Panel Discussion: ‘Proportionality in Crime Control and Criminal Justice’

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.