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).
EVERYONE IS WELCOME!
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.
Paul Iganski, PhD., is Senior Lecturer in Social Justice, and Head of Department of Applied Social Science, at Lancaster University, UK. For over a decade he has specialised in research, writing and teaching on 'hate crime'. His books on 'hate crime' include Hate Crime and the City (2008), Hate Crimes Against London's Jews (2005 with Vicky Kielinger & Susan Paterson) and the edited volumes Hate Crime: The Consequences of Hate Crime (2009), and The Hate Debate (2002). He mostly conducts his research in collaboration with, or commissioned by, NGOs and the equalities sector. He has recently served as the project coordinator of the European Network Against Racism's (ENAR) 2010 Comparative Study on Racist Violence. He was principal investigator (with David Smith) for the Equality and Human Rights Commission's (EHRC) (Scotland) project on the Rehabilitation of Hate Crime Offenders (2011), and principal investigator on projects recently commissioned by the (EHRC) to analyse data from the British Crime Survey and the Scottish Crime and Justice Survey on equality groups' perceptions and experience of harassment and crime. He also serves as coordinator of The Hate Crime Research Group — an international alliance of academics, activists, practitioners, researchers and students, researching and promoting best practice in challenging prejudice and hate (see: http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/fass/groups/hate-crime/index.php).
Who can attend: Anyone
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