Friday, 9 May 2008

International Conference on Penal Abolition

Full agenda announced

The full agenda for ICOPA is now online, and pending any further changes, the line-up is looking like we're going to have a fascinating conference. With speakers coming to present papers from Brazil, Trinidad, Canada, Australia, USA, Belgium, Argentina, South Africa plus many more including the UK, we are really looking at a truly international conference.

Topics being discussed will include:

* Deaths in Custody
* Prisoners’ Families and Penal Abolitionism
* Prison gangs, human rights and the need to abolish imprisonment
* Gender and victimisation
* Abolishing prisons: a necessary path to respect fundamental rights and improve democracy

Plus many more (can’t fit them all on here!)

To see the full agenda please click here

We will be adding synopses and biographies of speakers within the next few weeks, so please keep checking back for more information.

Key themes and plenary sessions for the conference include:

* Creating a scandal - prison abolition and the policy agenda
* Prison and the politics of poverty
* The role of privatisation and capitalism in penal policy
* Penal abolition, the media and the public

Confirmed speakers so far include:

* Professor Thomas Mathieson, University of Oslo
* Professor Joe Sim, Liverpool John Moores University, trustee INQUEST
* Julia Sudbury, Mills College, co-founder Critical Resistance, board member Justice Now
* Stephen Nathan, Editor, Prison Privatisation Report International
* Moazzam Begg, Former Guantanamo detainee and spokesperson for Cageprisoners
* Raphael Rowe, ex-prisoner, Journalist, BBC
* Professor David Wilson, Birmingham City University and vice-chair, The Howard League for Penal Reform
* Professor Barry Goldson, The University of Liverpool
* Professor Phil Scraton PhD, Queen's University, Belfast
* Clive Stafford Smith, Director, Reprieve
* Imran Khan, leading human rights lawyer
* Caroline Newman, solicitor and campaigner
* Pauline Campbell, mother of Sarah Campbell who died 'in care' of Styal Prison

To book a place at this stimulating and thought provoking conference, please click here.
For more information on ICOPA XII, including the chance to book place at our evening Thames River Cruise, please visit the website or email

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