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Christine Bicknell presents conference paper on prison oversight in Europe

At the recent Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology (September 2017), Christine Bicknell delivered a presentation in which she mapped the complexity of prison oversight in Europe. Christine outlined the different bodies at the international, regional and domestic levels, which all have a mandate directly to undertake prison visits with a view to improving the conditions and treatment of prisoners, and thereby preventing torture. She considered the mandate and working approach of the Sub-committee for the Prevention of Torture (SPT) and the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT), and outlined some of the models used by states for bodies either designated or established as National Preventive Mechanisms (NPMs) to satisfy a requirement of the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture. Her main focus was on the specific relationships between bodies operating within this complex framework and on signalling some of the related challenges and opportunities. Her talk was adapted from a co-authored book chapter which appears in Tom Daems and Luc Robert (eds), Europe in Prisons: Assessing the Impact of European Institutions on National Prison Systems (Palgrave, 2017).

Dr Duggan-Larkin presents a paper on the international action of states

On 27 January 2017 Dr Jess Duggan-Larkin presented a paper on human rights and the international action of states at a University of Sussex conference on Challenging Human Rights Disenchantment.

This international and interdisciplinary conference examined disenchantment with the state of human rights 50 years after the adoption of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. In plenary and panel sessions 23 speakers from across the world considered whether and how any such disillusionment can be challenged. More details can be found here:


Dr Bicknell presents a paper on prisons and inhuman and degrading treatment

In September 2017 at the annual conference of the European Society of Criminology, University of Cardiff, Dr Christine Bicknell will present a paper on prisons and inhuman and degrading treatment. This paper is based on a chapter, co-authored with Malcolm Evans, which is soon to be published.