Creativity, Inbetweenness and the Fight for Democracy: the 2019 Hong Kong Protests

By Dr Emiline Smith, Lecturer in Art Crime and Criminology, University of Glasgow At the start of October 2019, I traveled to Hong Kong to teach at the University of Hong Kong and the Chinese University of Hong Kong under the Erasmus+ International Credit Mobility scheme. The Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research and … Continue reading Creativity, Inbetweenness and the Fight for Democracy: the 2019 Hong Kong Protests

Medical Confidentiality in Cases of Domestic Abuse and Serious Sexual Assault in Scotland

By Dominic Reed, PhD student, University of Glasgow Forensic Medical Examiners (FMEs) used to occupy an uncertain role, uncomfortably bridging the disciplines of medicine and law – this was even reflected in their traditional title as police surgeons. As the Scottish Government consultation on provision of forensic services notes however, forensic services have increasingly operated … Continue reading Medical Confidentiality in Cases of Domestic Abuse and Serious Sexual Assault in Scotland

Hate Crime in Scotland

By Rania Hamad, PhD Student in Social Work, University of Edinburgh Scotland is often considered to be one of the world’s most friendly, welcoming countries (as well as being voted as such), and having the best LGBT+ legal equality in Europe. Nonetheless, annual data published by the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service demonstrates that hate … Continue reading Hate Crime in Scotland

Academic Tourism: Reflections on the Environmental Ethics of Academic Air Travel

By Dr Emiline Smith, Lecturer in Art Crime and Criminology, University of Glasgow I recently travelled to the Asian Criminological Society’s 11th Annual Meeting, which was held in Cebu, the Philippines, in June this year. Criminologists from all over Asia and beyond attended this four-day conference themed ‘Contextualizing Challenges in Criminology and Criminal Justice in … Continue reading Academic Tourism: Reflections on the Environmental Ethics of Academic Air Travel

What do I know about desistance in Chile? Reflections on criminological travel

By Fergus McNeill, Professor of Criminology & Social Work at the University of Glasgow  Between 20th and 27th April this year, I visited Chile at the invitation of the Centro de Estudios Justicia y Sociedad at the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile (PUC) in Santiago. My job was to present – several times in Santiago … Continue reading What do I know about desistance in Chile? Reflections on criminological travel

Scottish Penal Reform since Devolution: Reflections and Prospects for Change

By Dr Katrina Morrison, Lecturer in Criminology at Edinburgh Napier University and Board Member at Howard League Scotland The 20th anniversary of the opening of the Scottish Parliament allows us to pause and reflect on the progress of penal reform in this time. While criminal justice was under the jurisdiction of Scottish administrative structures prior … Continue reading Scottish Penal Reform since Devolution: Reflections and Prospects for Change

Thinking about organised crime in different academic contexts

By Valentin Pereda Aguado, a visiting PhD student from the Centre of Criminology and Sociolegal Studies based at the University of Toronto  To promote the development of original research, doctoral programs in social sciences encourage apprentice scholars to think critically about their research subject and to study a broad range of theories that approach particular … Continue reading Thinking about organised crime in different academic contexts

Social scientists and lawyers diggin’ the archives

Lessons learned from the Traces of Law Symposium By Aura Kostiainen, a visiting PhD candidate from the University of Helsinki What happens when a lawyer or a social scientist goes to the archives? A growing number of legal scholars and social scientists, or socio-legal researchers, are becoming enthusiastic about archival research. There are, however, some … Continue reading Social scientists and lawyers diggin’ the archives

Escaping the revolving doors: rethinking short-sentences and our use of prisons in Scotland

By Rebekah Cameron, Student at the University of Glasgow’s School of Law If you based your understanding of prisoners in Scotland solely on information relayed in the popular media, you would likely come to believe that our 8,000-strong prison population is mostly made up of murderers, sex offenders, and other highly violent evil-doers who pose … Continue reading Escaping the revolving doors: rethinking short-sentences and our use of prisons in Scotland