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Anti-Democratic Ideology and Criminal Law under Fascist, National Socialist and Authoritarian Regimes, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, London, 10-11 September 2015

On 10-11 September 2015 Dr Stephen Skinner convened an international comparative legal history workshop on ‘Anti-Democratic Ideology and Criminal Law under Fascist, National Socialist and Authoritarian Regimes’ at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, London.

The workshop involved five themed panels with speakers from nine countries, and plenary lectures were given by Professor David Fraser (University of Nottingham) and Professor Luigi Lacche (University of Macerata). Among the issues discussed were the legal status of the Shoah and Nazi belief in legality; dimensions of criminal law and the significance of criminal justice for the Fascist regime in Italy; practices of legal repression in Franco's Spain and apartheid South Africa; anti-democracy and criminal law in interwar Japan and Romania; and the formulation of penal norms in authoritarian Brazil. Dr Skinner's paper outlined a comparative analysis of the law on the use of force in interwar Italy and England in relation to those systems' understanding of equality before the law and the significance of State power.

Date: 12 December 2014

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