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Seminar on Hate Crime - 1 February 2013

Date: 1 February 2013 Time: 04.00pm-05.30 pm

Venue: Frankland LT - (New Venue)


Speaker: Dr Paul Iganski (Senior Lecturer in Social Justice, and Head of Department of Applied Social Science, at Lancaster University).>

Title: "Understanding how 'hate' hurts, and its significance for the criminal law."

Commentator: Dr Ian Bryan (Senior Lecturer in Law, at Lancaster University).

Date, Time and Venue: Friday 1 February at 4:00pm in FRANKLAND LT. Followed by a drinks reception in the Law School (Bowland North, C Floor).


Abstract of Talk: The common denominator that separates so-called 'hate crimes' from other crimes is the harms inflicted by 'hate crimes' on targeted victims and society more broadly. While all crimes hurt in one way or another, arguably the very essence of a 'hate crime' is that it hurts more than a parallel crime. The additional hurts inflicted by 'hate crime' provide the moral philosophical justification for hate crime laws which apply harsher penalties for offenders convicted of such crimes. While assertions that such harms occur have been evident in the policy and scholarly literature in the United States and elsewhere for some decades the empirical evidence has been thin. In this presentation I will unravel the evidence drawn from the Crime Survey of England and Wales to apply a critical eye to the justifications for 'hate crime' laws.


Who can attend: Anyone


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Associated staff: Ian Bryan (Law), Mercedes Camino, Paul Iganski (Law), David Sugarman

Organising departments and research centres: Centre for Law and Society, Criminology, Dynamics of Memories, Law


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