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Lectures and Conferences

Catherine Appleton and Dirk van Zyl Smit, 'Life Imprisonment: The global picture', Side event on 'Life Imprisonment: Setting international standards', United Nations Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice 2018, Vienna, May 2018.

Dirk van Zyl Smit, 'Life Imprisonment: An Alternative to the Death Penalty?', Side event on 'Sustainable development goals and prospect for abolition of the death penalty', UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice 2018, Vienna, May 2018.

Dirk van Zyl Smit, 'Is life imprisonment ever appropriate for children who commit the most serious offences?', UNESCO World Conference on Justice for Children, Paris, May 2018.

Dirk van Zyl Smit, ‘Life Imprisonment and Citizenship’ at the Annual Drapkin Conference on Imprisonment and Citizenship, The Hebrew University. Mt. Scopus Campus Jerusalem, April 2018.

Catherine Appleton, ‘Life Imprisonment Worldwide’ at the Comparative Penology and Nordic Exceptionalism Conference, Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge, February 2018.

Catherine Appleton, ‘A Global look at Life Imprisonment’, Correctional Service Worldwide conference for the International Unit of the Norwegian Directorate of Correctional Services, Lillestrøm, Norway, October 2017.

Catherine Appleton, ‘Life Imprisonment: A Global Study’, COST Action European Cooperation in Science and Technology conference, Warsaw, Poland, October 2017.

Dirk van Zyl Smit, ‘Life imprisonment in Europe and worldwide‘ to the „Tagung zur lebenslange Freiheitsstrafe der Arbeitskreis: Strafjustiz in Niedersachsen“ at the Evangelischen Akademie Loccum, Germany, June 2017.

Catherine Appleton, ‘Life imprisonment: Key findings from an international research study’, International Conference on Life Imprisonment and Release on Parole, Chișinău, Moldova, May 2017.

Catherine Appleton, ‘Life Imprisonment: International Perspectives’, University of Oslo, Norway, April 2017.

Dirk van Zyl Smit, Hoffinger Criminal Justice Forum lecture ‘Testing the Limits of judicial Activism: The Life Imprisonment Jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights and Its Global Impact’, New York University School of Law, March 2017.

Dirk van Zyl Smit, ‘Life imprisonment and human rights driven reform’ Risk and Vulnerability in Prison Populations: a Global Crisis conference at Birkbeck in London, October 2016.

Dirk van Zyl Smit, ‘Using human rights to reform life imprisonment in the United Kingdom’, Howard League Conference, Justice and Penal Reform: Re-shaping the penal landscape, Keble College, Oxford, March 2016.

Dirk van Zyl Smit and Angelika Reichstein, ‘Comparative developments in life imprisonment of special relevance to the Balkan region’, Conference on ‘Imprisonment in the Balkans’ held under the auspices of ‘Balkan Criminology’, a Partner Group of the Max Planck Society in Sarajevo, September 2015.

Catherine Appleton, ‘The Meaning of Life Imprisonment’, Themed session on ‘New Perspectives on Life Imprisonment’ at the Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology in Porto, Spain, September 2015.

Dirk van Zyl Smit, ‘Imposing Life Imprisonment’ Themed session on ‘New Perspectives on Life Imprisonment’ at the Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology in Porto, Spain, September 2015.

Dirk van Zyl Smit, ‘The Future of Life Imprisonment’, British Society of Criminology Midlands Regional Network Seminar Series, Nottingham, May 2015.

Catherine Appleton and Dirk van Zyl Smit, ‘Life Imprisonment in England and Wales’, Workshop on ‘Life Imprisonment and Human Rights’, International Institute for Sociology of Law, Oñati, Spain, April 2015.

Dirk van Zyl Smit, ‘Death in America: Life in Europe: Two approaches to ultimate penalties’ Annual Lecture of the Centre for Criminal Justice Studies, University of Leeds, April 2015.

Catherine Appleton, ‘Punishing the most serious crimes in Europe’, Seminar on ‘Punishment and Human Rights: The Death Penalty Internationally and the use of Solitary Confinement in Norway’, University of Oslo, Norway, October 2014.

Georgie Benford, ‘Life Imprisonment: Definitional Issues’, Themed session on ‘Life Imprisonment Worldwide: Principles and Practice?’, chaired by Professor Jonathan Simon, American Society of Criminology, San Francisco, November 2014.

Catherine Appleton, ‘Life without Parole: Too Cruel and Unusual?’, Themed session on ‘Life Imprisonment Worldwide: Principles and Practice?’, chaired by Professor Jonathan Simon, American Society of Criminology, San Francisco, November 2014.

Dirk van Zyl Smit, ‘Life Imprisonment without Borders’, Themed session on ‘Life Imprisonment Worldwide: Principles and Practice?’, chaired by Professor Jonathan Simon, American Society of Criminology, San Francisco, November 2014.

Dirk van Zyl Smit, “From pre-trial detention to life imprisonment: an overview of detention-related issues in Europe and the level of protection granted by the ECHR”, Conference of the Academy of European Law on Protecting Human Rights in Detention, Strasbourg, November 2014.

Dirk van Zyl Smit, “Life Imprisonment in a Globalised World” University of Sheffield, November 2014.

Dirk van Zyl Smit, “The individual and transnational criminal justice: the case of Jens Soering”, European Society of Criminology, Prague, September 2014.

Dirk van Zyl Smit, “Alternative sentences for the most serious crimes: Life imprisonment in Europe”. International Workshop on The Right to Life organised by the Vietnamese Institute of Public Law and Policy, Hanoi, September 2014.

Catherine Appleton, ‘Life Imprisonment in Norway’, Life Imprisonment Workshop, University of Nottingham, August 2014.

Dirk van Zyl Smit, “Prohibiting whole life imprisonment: The European Court of Human Rights and national sensibilities”, University of Greifswald, Germany, July 2014.

Dirk van Zyl Smit, “Life imprisonment and the Impact of Soering case: Extradition, Non-refoulement, Extraterritorial Application of Human Rights Law”. Soering after Twenty-Five Years conference, organised jointly by the Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn and Middlesex University School of Law, London, June 2014.

Dirk van Zyl Smit, “Whole Life Imprisonment”, University of Keele, February 2014.

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