Date: 28 February 2014 Time: 05.00 pm
Venue: Frankland Colloquium Room, Faraday Building
The Iredell Lecture in Law and History 2014
Historicising Criminal Responsibility
Nicola Lacey FBA
Professor of Law, Gender and Social Policy
London School of Economics
Friday 28 February 2014, 5:00 pm
Frankland Colloquium Room, Faraday Building
Preceded by a reception, 4:15 - 4:55 pm
Lancaster University Law School (Bowland North C Floor)
Professor Lacey's wide research interests span criminal law and criminal justice, with a particular focus on comparative and historical scholarship, legal and social theory, feminist analysis of law, law and literature, and biography. Her books include Women, Crime and Character: From Moll Flanders to Tess of the d'Urbervilles (2008); The Prisoners' Dilemma: Political Economy and Punishment in Contemporary Democracies (2008); A Life of HLA Hart: The Nightmare and the Noble Dream (2004); Reconstructing Criminal Law: Critical Perspectives on Crime and the Criminal Process, third edition with Celia Wells and Oliver Quick (2003); Unspeakable Subjects: Feminist Essays in Legal and Social Theory (1998); with Elizabeth Frazer, The Politics of Community: A Feminist Analysis of the Liberal-Communitarian Debate, (1993); and State Punishment: Political Principles and Community Values, (1988).
A Lecture organised by Lancaster University's Law School and Department of History.
A Lancaster University 50th Anniversary Event
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Lancaster University, UK - The Iredell Lecture 2014
"Historicising Criminal Responsibility"
Professor Nicola Lacey FBA (London School of Economics)
An offender's responsibility for his or her offence is generally regarded as the cornerstone of criminal law's legitimacy. Analyses of what responsibility means, entails or requires have accordingly flourished in criminal law scholarship - both in scholarship trained on the doctrines of criminal law, and in that engaged in the jurisprudential or philosophical analysis of legal concepts. Within this rich seam of scholarship, however, the implications of a historical analysis of the development of ideas and doctrines of responsibility over the long term have been little remarked. In this lecture, I propose a framework for the understanding of criminal responsibility as located within, and shaped by, broad sets of ideas, institutions and interests. This framework implies the need for a close study of the historical development of legal ideas, and suggests that both the role and the content of criminal responsibility has shifted markedly, even within a single system - that of England and Wales - over the modern period.
The Iredell Lecture in Law and History
This annual Lecture was established at Lancaster University twenty-three years ago as a result of a substantial bequest from Mr and Mrs Iredell to the Departments of History and Law. The Lecture Series has attracted a most distinguished group of scholars who have used the platform of the Iredell Lecture to advance the history of law in society. Previous Iredell Lecturers have included: Lawrence Stone, John Pocock, Quentin Skinner, Natalie Zemon Davis, Douglas Hay, Olwen Hufton, John Langbein, Sir Hilary Beckles, Morton Horwitz, Rees Davis, David Wilkins, Amanda Vickery and Linda Colley.
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Event website: http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/50/whats-on-and-when/
Who can attend: Anyone
Associated staff: David Sugarman (Law)
Organising departments and research centres: Centre for Gender and Women's Studies, Centre for Law and Society, CILHR Centre for International Law and Human Rights, Crime and Criminal Justice, Criminology, Dynamics of Memories, History, Law