Plenary Panels

Borders, State Crimes and Harm

Unaccountable, Privileged and Fearless: Investigating the Crimes of Ultra High Networth Individuals

Kristian is a Professor of Criminology at Ulster University and cofounder of the International State Crime Initiative. His research focuses on using investigative methods to document and analyse, the complex transnational schemes used to execute serious economic crime; the associated methods used by elite operatives to conceal their illicit activity, launder reputations and elude accountability mechanisms; and the role played by a global enabling industry that underwrites these illicit activities.

Tracing punitive elements in wars

Teresa Degenhardt is a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Criminology at Queen’s University Belfast, and Fellow al George Mitchell Institute for Global Peace Security and Justice. Teresa is interested in processes of criminalization and securitization in the international sphere, combining criminology with international relations. She has recently published a book entitled “War as protection and punishment. Armed International Intervention at ‘the end of history’” (Routledge, 2023). Previously Teresa has published on borders and technologies, migrant detention, the blurring of border between the military and the police, and the representation of the war on terror. She was recently awarded the Emma Goldman Award from the Flax Foundation for scholarship that promotes feminist issues and social justice. Teresa was a visiting scholar at the Centre for the Study of Law and Society at Berkeley University in California (2014), at the Hamburg Institute for Social Research in Germany (2018) and in Turin University (2022). She is currently working on an edited collection on Immigration Detention in Europe at the time of Covid-19 from an abolitionist perspective (Bristol University Press) with Francesca Esposito and Annika Lindberg.

Torture in transit: the inextricable link between bordering, harm and torturous violence

Victoria Canning is Professor of Criminology at Lancaster University, co-chair of Statewatch EU, Associate Director of Oxford Border Criminologies, and consultant editor at Justice, Power and Resistance journal. She has authored and edited seven books, including Gendered Harm and Structural Violence in the British Asylum System (2017) and Torture and Torturous Violence: Transcending Definitions of Torture (2023).

Institutional Abuses

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James Gallen is an associate professor  in the School of Law and Government at Dublin City University. His research interests include human rights, international law and legal and transitional justice. His present research agenda and recent publications concern a transitional justice approach to historical abuse in consolidated democracies and in Christian churches. His first monograph Transitional Justice and the Historical Abuses of Church and State was published by Cambridge University Press in 2023 and is available free as a gold open access title.

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Dr Maeve O’Rourke is Lecturer in Human Rights at the Irish Centre for Human Rights, School of Law, University of Galway. She has authored and edited many publications on the rights of victim-survivors of gross and systematic human rights violations to truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence. In 2021 she was appointed as a member of a three-person independent Truth Recovery Design Panel to design a framework for a state investigation into Northern Ireland’s Magdalene, Mother and Baby, and Workhouse institutions. She is a voluntary member of the Justice for Magdalenes Research group and co-director of the Clann Project.

Bearing Witness to the ‘Pain of Others’ Fractured Lives, Dissenting Voices, Recovering ‘Truth’

Phil Scraton PhD, DPhil (Hon), DLaws (Hon) is Professor Emeritus, School of Law, Queen’s University Belfast and has held visiting professorships at Sydney, Australia, Auckland, NZ and Amherst, USA. He holds a Leverhulme Research Fellowship. His research focuses are: critical theory; contested deaths and State responsibility; rights of bereaved and survivors following disasters; the politics of incarceration; childhood, rights and justice. Widely published, his seventeen books include Law, Order and the Authoritarian State; Childhood in ‘Crisis’?; Power, Conflict and Criminalisation; The Violence of Incarceration; Hillsborough: The Truth; Childhood, Transition and Justice (forthcoming). He was primary author of the Hillsborough Independent Panel’s ground-breaking report Hillsborough (2012); co-author of pioneering research into: the circumstances of the 1976-81 H-Block and Armagh prison protests (2021); the experiences of victims/ survivors of Mother and Baby Homes/ Magdalene Laundries (2021); police brutality at the 2022 Paris European Champions League Final (2022). He was awarded the Freedom of the City of Liverpool in recognition of his Hillsborough research and, having refused an OBE, in 2017 he was castaway on BBC’s Desert Island Discs.

Witnessing Harm and Ascribing Responsibility in Ongoing Asymmetrical Conflicts

Settler violence as State violence: Agency and responsibility for ideologically-driven crime in the West Bank

Dr Alice Panepinto is a Reader at the School of Law, Queen’s University Belfast, which she originally joined as a Lecturer in 2017. Prior to joining QUB Alice worked at Warwick University and outside academia in the Middle East. Alice researches and publishes in the field of human rights and international law, and has acted as PI for two AHRC-funded projects on forcible transfer of Palestinian Bedouin communities in the Jerusalem periphery / central West Bank. Her monograph, Truth and Transitional Justice: Localising the International Legal Framework in Muslim Majority Legal Systems, was published by Bloomsbury/Hart in 2022. In spring 2024 Alice is a Research Visitor at the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights (Oxford University) to study settler violence as state violence in the West Bank.

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Penny Green is Professor of Law and Globalisation and Head of the Law School at Queen Mary University of London. Professor Green has published eleven books and numerous articles. She has published extensively on state crime theory (including her monographs with Tony Ward, State Crime: Governments, Violence and Corruption 2004 and State crime and Civil Activism: on the dialectics of repression and resistance 2019), genocide, state violence, Turkish criminal justice and politics, ‘natural’ disasters, mass expulsions and resistance to state violence. She has a long track record of researching in hostile environments and her most recent projects include a comparative study of civil society resistance to state crime in Turkey, Tunisia, Colombia, PNG, Kenya and Myanmar; forced evictions in Palestine/Israel and Myanmar’s genocide against the Rohingya. In 2015 she and her colleagues Thomas MacManus and Alicia de la Cour Venning published the seminal ‘Countdown to Annihilation: Genocide in Myanmar’ and in March 2018 ‘The Genocide is Over: the genocide continues’.  Professor Green is Founder and Director of the award winning International State Crime Initiative (ISCI) and co-editor in Chief of the international journal State Crime. She is an Adjunct Professor at Birzeit University, Ramallah and is a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Universities of NSW and Ulster. She is currently working on a comparative analysis of the Palestinian and Rohingya genocides.

Gaza Genocide: An Integral Part of Israeli Settler Colonialism

Tamara Tamimi is a PhD researcher in Law at Queen’s University Belfast and scholar of the Economic and Social Research Council Northern Ireland and North East Doctoral Training Partnership Consortium. Tamara holds an MA in Human Rights Law from SOAS, University of London, where her MA dissertation, which focused on destruction of property and forcible transfer in Jerusalem, received the Sarah Spells Prize for the best dissertation of the 2015-2016 academic year. Tamara’s research activity focuses on settler colonialism, gender equality, transformative justice, forcible displacement, and aid effectiveness of overseas development assistance. Tamara has also published extensively in peer reviewed journals and edited collections, including Development in PracticeAl-Shabaka- Palestinian Policy NetworkUniversity of GottingenConfluences Méditerranée, and E-International Relations.

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Tuesday 18th June 2024

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