[ENG] The London-based academic publisher Routledge has just published Patricia Faraldo‘s new book, titled ‘Money and the Governance of Punishment: A Genealogy of the Penal Fine‘.


Money is the most frequently means used in the legal system to punish and regulate. Monetary penalties outnumber all other sanctions delivered by criminal justice in many jurisdictions, imprisonment included. More people pay fines than go to prison and in some jurisdictions many of those in prison are there because of failure to pay their fines. Therefore, it is surprising how little has been written in the Anglophone academic world about the nature of money sanctions and their specific characteristics as legal sanctions.

In many ways, legal innovations related to money sanctions have been poorly understood. This book argues that they are a direct consequence of the changing meaning of money. Considering the ‘meaninglessness’ of modern money, the book aims to examine the history of changing conceptions in how fines have been conceived and used. Using a set of interpretative techniques sensitive to how money and freedom are perceived, the genealogy of the penal fine is presented as a story of constant reformulation in response to shifting political pressures and changes in intellectual developments that influenced ideological commitments of legislators and practitioners.

This book is multi-disciplinary and will appeal to those engaged with criminology, sociology and philosophy of punishment, socio-legal studies, and criminal law.


“Fines are by far the most common form of punishment in consumer societies, yet the Anglophone world has largely overlooked their rapid growth since the 18th Century. This book fills that gap. It documents the history of punitive rationalities, meticulously charting the transformations in how the penal fine has been conceived over the last two hundred years. Over that time the meaning of money has changed, impacting on legal culture and practice, leading to the increased use of the penal fine as an alternative to imprisonment for a criminal offence. This is to be lauded given the failure of the prison as a rehabilitative practice. Given the vast disparities in wealth distribution, implementing a system of fines that is fair is fraught with layers of complexity, as Patricia Faraldo Cabana carefully articulates. Money and the Governance of Punishmentargues that the more money has become synonymous with freedom, the bigger the bite of the fine to exercise the power to punish through the constraint of the liberty. There is much to appeal to a wide multi-disciplinary readership from legal studies, history, criminology, penology and sociology. I commend it to you.”

Kerry Carrington, Professor and Head of School of Justice, Faculty of Law, Queensland University of Technology, Australia

“The book offers thought provoking reading of the history and development of the most used but least studied part of the criminal justice/(criminal sanction system). It takes the reader to a cross-comparative tour from the times of Beccaria and Bentham to the present day with rich historical materials, fascinating analyses, and, ultimately, a well-argued proposal for a more equal and fair system of criminal sanctions.”

Tapio Lappi-Seppälä, Professor and Director of the Institute of Criminology and Legal Policy, University of Helsinki, Finland

“In Money and the Governance of Punishment Patricia Faraldo Cabana has guided us through her powerful reconstruction of the history and development of pecuniary punishments throughout Europe, as well as of their use and meaning today. What is particularly insightful and compelling in Faraldo Cabana’s volume is her ability to shed light at the same time on the legal structure and on the economy of the major European countries, looking at them from the very special vintage point of the fine, a perspective which links penality and the economy together. A veritable tour de force!”

Dario Melossi, Professor of Criminology in the School of Law, University of Bologna, Italy

Table of Contents


1. Making offenders pay

2. The fine as the ideal penal sanction in the age of the Enlightenment

3. The impersonality of money: why and how fines paid by an innocent third party were prohibited

4. The unequal distribution of money and the (un)fairness of fines: why and how fines were made affordable

5. The expansion of the fine in the twentieth century

6. The triumph of the day-fine system? National perspectives and comparative approaches

7. What next?



[ENG] The PhD Programme in Law of the University of A Coruna (UDC), in collaboration with the ECRIM and the GET research group, invited Ian Loader, Professor of Criminology of the University of Oxford (England, UK) to lecture at the UDC. On Tuesday, December 12, Prof Loader gave a talk at the Sociology School on ‘The Landscapes and Netscapes of In/Security‘ (co-organised by Prof Carmen Lamela), in which he discussed his most recent work, which revisits research concerns previously developed in his 2000 co-authored book ‘Crime and Social Change in Middle England’. Subsequently, Prof Loader gave a talk for students of the UDC’s PhD Programme in Law on ‘How to get published in an international peer-reviewed journal‘.

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[ENG] The London-based publisher Routledge has just published the book The Political Economy of Punishment Today: Visions, debates and challenges. This book has been co-edited by the ECRIM member José Ángel Brandariz, together with Dario Melossi (University of Bologna, Italy) and Máximo Sozzo (National University of the Litoral, Argentina). This book includes an article authored by Patricia Faraldo, as well as another one written by José Ángel Brandariz. This book has been edited based on the lectures and talks given within an international conference on the political economy of punishment, which was held at the University of A Coruna in September 2014.

INTRODUCTION: Over the last fifteen years, the analytical field of punishment and society
has witnessed an increase of research developing the connection
between economic processes and the evolution of penality from
different standpoints, focusing particularly on the increase of rates of
incarceration in relation to the transformations of neoliberal capitalism.
Bringing together leading researchers from diverse geographical
contexts, this book reframes the theoretical field of the political
economy of punishment, analysing penality within the current
economic situation and connecting contemporary penal changes with
political and cultural processes. It challenges the traditional and
common sense understanding of imprisonment as ‘exclusion’ and posits
a more promising concept of imprisonment as a ‘differential’ or
‘subordinate’ form of ‘inclusion’.
This groundbreaking book will be a key text for scholars who are
working in the field of punishment and society as well as reaching a
broader audience within law, sociology, economics, criminology and
criminal justice studies.

The Political Economy of Punishment Today: An Introduction
(José A. Brandariz-García, Dario Melossi and Máximo Sozzo; 1.
Between Struggles and Discipline: Marx and Foucault on
Penality and the Critique of Political Economy (Dario Melossi;
2. The Renaissance of The Political Economy of Punishment
from a Comparative Perspective (Máximo Sozzo; 3. For and
Against the Political Economy of Punishment: Thoughts on
Bourdieu and Punishment (Ignacio González-Sánchez; 4. Do
Economic Depressions Reduce the Use of Fines? Revisiting
Rusche and Kirchheimer’s Punishment and Social Structure
(Patricia Faraldo Cabana; 5. From One Recession to Another:
The Lessons of a Long-Term Political Economy of Punishment.
The Example of Belgium (1830-2014) (Charlotte Vanneste; 6.
Political Economy and Punishment in Australia (Hilde Tubex;
7. Punishment in A Hybrid Political Economy: The Italian Case
(1970-2010) (Zelia A. Gallo; 8. ‘A Return to Gulags’? Explaining
Trends in Post-Soviet Prison Rates (Gavin Slade; 9. Inclusion’s
Dark Side: The Political Economy of Irregular Migration in
Greece (Leonidas K. Cheliotis) ; 10. Reflections on Spanish
Policies of Migration Control: A Political Economic Reading
on the Punishment of Migrants (José Ángel Brandariz-García;


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[GAL] O investigador do ECRIM, Borxa Colmenero Ferreiro, vén de publicar o seu primeiro libro, Vidas culpáveis: O controlo neoliberal do crime (Santiago de Compostela: Laiovento, 2017), que é resultado da súa tese doutoral, defendida en setembro de 2016.

Da contracapa do libro:

“As instituições de encerramento prototípicas da sociedade disciplinar, tais como a fábrica, a escola ou o cárcere, nas que o indivíduo ficava ao dispor do poder para a sua correção, foram incapazes de cumprirem o seu objetivo principal, perante a implosão dum modelo social em que um número crescente de vidas acabou por ficar de fora da institucionalidade. A deslocalização da produção, a terceirização da economia ou a deterioração das agências welfaristastornaram, então, obsoleta a espessa rede de mecanismos de controlo próprios do disciplinamento. Ora, também não nos encontraríamos na atualidade perante um capitalismo desorganizado ou irracional incapaz de reconduzir a situação sem recorrer à repressão, senão, antes bem, perante uma racionalidade de governo que extravasa os tradicionais marcos da punição estatal. Por outras palavras, não voltamos a um Estado essencialmente punitivo, mas a um modo de governo que, acima de tudo, aquilo que busca é administrar eficaz e eficientemente o seu corpo social.”



Introdução………………………………………………………………………….. 15

PRIMEIRA PARTE: O controlo através da liberdade………………….. 25

  1. Gestão gerencial do crime…………………………………………………27

1.1. A razão neoliberal na penalidade………………………………… 31

1.2. Práticas atuariais e controlo dos riscos…………………………. 36

1.3. A estratégia punitiva economicista………………………………. 42

  1. Difusão das práticas gerencialistas na política criminal…………. 49

2.1. Lógica de mercado no sistema penal e penitenciário……. 55

2.2. Crise do modelo punitivo expansionista………………………. 60

2.3. A modulação neoliberal da punição……………………………. 67

SEGUNDA PARTE: O controlo através da punição……………………. 73

  1. A volta ao poder soberano ………………………………………………… 75

3.1. A exceção como estrutura de soberania contemporânea…..81

3.2. Exceção permanente e decisão soberana…………………….. 86

3.3. Homo sacer: a vida como limite da excecionalidade…….. 92

  1. Singularidades do controlo penal dos inimigos…………………… 103

4.1. Guerra Global contra o Terrorismo (2001-2008):

a expansão do excecionalismo…………………………………. 105

4.2. Guerra Global Contra o Terrorismo (2009-2017):

o repregue do excecionalismo………………………………….. 112

4.3. Excecionalismo global na União Europeia:

uma penetração conflituosa……………………………………… 121

4.4. Excecionalismo global na Espanha:

a persistência do inimigo interno……………………………… 133

Bibliografía………………………………………………………………………… 155

IMG_0743Robson Galvao

[GAL] Ao longo de tres semanas dos meses de setembro e outubro, o ECRIM ten acollido a estadía na Universidade da Coruña de Robson Galvao, investigador formado na Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Paraná (PUCPR, Brasil) e profesor de dereito penal e procesual penal da Academia Brasileira de Direito Constitucional (ABDConst, Brasil). Durante a súa estadía, Robson Galvao ten traballado no seu proxecto de investigación sobre a teoría do erro aplicada ao dereito penal económico.

[CAST] Durante la segunda mitad de septiembre y la primera de octubre, el ECRIM acoge la estancia de investigación en la Facultad de Derecho de A Coruña de tres investigadores visitantes chilenos.

IMG_0739Eduardo Reyes

Por una parte, Eduardo Reyes, investigador del Magíster en Relaciones Internacional y Estudios Transfronterizos del INTE (Instituto de Estudios Internacionales) de la Universidad Arturo Prat (UNAP; Iquique), realiza una estadía de investigación dedicada al estudio comparativo de la Crimigración en el contexto chileno e internacional.


IMG_0730De izqda. a dcha.: Maximiliano Cortés, Laura Guerrero

Por otra parte, el ECRIM acoge también la estancia de Laura Guerrero y Maximiliano Cortés, graduandos de la Facultas de Ciencias Jurídicas y Políticas de la UNAP. Guerrero está realizando una investigación sobre trata de personas por motivos de explotación criminal y Cortés está trabajando en su tesis de grado sobre los principios de proporcionalidad y non bis in idem en las medidas de expulsión de extranjeros.

La estancia de estos investigadores se enmarca en la colaboración entre el ECRIM y el Núcleo de Estudios Criminológicos de la Frontera (NECF) de la UNAP.


IMG_0209Chiara Perini

[ENG] On April, 24-28, Prof Chiara Perini, Associate Professor of criminal law at the University of the Insubria (Italy), visited the Law School of the University of A Coruna. During her visit, which was sponsored by the research group ECRIM, Prof Perini gave a number of lectures on corporate criminal law at our Law School. More precisely, she lectured on ‘Corporate crime against safety at work: the Italian model‘, ‘Corporate crime against the environment: the implementation of Directive 2008/99/EC in Italy‘, and ‘Corporate crime: the Italian system according to D.Lgs. 231/2001‘. Chiara Perini thereby reflected on the current strengths and shortcommings of the legal regulation of corporate crime in Italy, by comparatively examining the EU legal framework as regards to this kind of criminal offences.

IMG_0210Chiara Perini


IMG_0201Michele Burman

[ENG] Michele Burman, Professor of Criminology and Head of the School of Political and Social Sciences of the University of Glasgow (Scotland) visited the Law School of the University of A Coruna to chair the workshop ‘Women, Crime and Justice in a Changing Europe‘ of the ESC working group on Gender, Crime and Justice. During her visit, Prof Burman kindly accepted the invitation of the ECRIM to give a lecture within the criminology course of the English Programme of the Law School. She gave a talk on young women’s offending, in which she delivered a wide overview on the criminological theories that seek to explain the involvement of women in criminal activities.

IMG_0203Michele Burman


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[ENG] On April, 24-25, the Law School of the University of A Coruña hosted the workshop ‘Women, Crime and Justice in a Changing Europe‘. This academic meeting was sponsored by the working group on Gender, Crime and Justice of the European Society of Criminology, and co-organised by the ECRIM, together with the co-chairs of the ESC working group, Loraine Gelsthorpe (University of Cambridge, England) and  Michele Burman (University of Glasgow, Scotland).

The 2-day workshop gathered around 30 scholars, who debated on a wide variety of Gender and Justice topics, such as violence against women, the experience of imprisoned women, trafficking in human beings, sex work and prostitution and reproductive rights. Additionally, a general meeting of the working group was held during the workshop.



From left to right: Elaine Player, Elaine Genders

On Monday, April 24, the workshop wa opened with a session called ‘Women in Prison‘. In this panel, Elaine Genders (University College London, England) and Elaine Player (Kings College London, England) presented a paper on ‘Post Brexit: Implications for the safe delivery of psychologically intrusive rehabilitative interventions in women’s prisons‘.


IMG_0080Anabel Cerezo

The topic  was subsequently addressed by Anabel Cerezo (University of Málaga, Spain), who
reflected on ‘Women Prisoners and Health: The Implementation
of Bangkok Rules to the Spanish Prison Legislation‘.


IMG_0084Ana Ballesteros

Ana Ballesteros (University of Barcelona, Spain) also focused on the situation of female inmates in Spain, by presenting a paper on ‘Responsibilisation and female imprisonment in
contemporary penal policy: “Respect Modules”
(“Módulos de Respeto”) in Spain‘.


IMG_0095Rachel Goodhill

The second papel session was entitled ‘In Search of Social Justice’. It began with a presentation made by Rachel Goldhill (University of Portsmouth, England), and called ‘Two steps forward, 3 steps back. A study of
community provision for women service users in England and Wales‘.


IMG_0100Anne-Marie Slotboom

Anne-Marie Slotboom (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands) eventually debated the process of desistance from crime from the perspective of female offenders.


IMG_0101Fátima Pérez

Finally, this panel session included a presentation made by Fátima Pérez (University of Málaga, Spain), who evaluated the penal policies implemented in Spain to prevent violence against women.

IMG_0106Lorea Arenas

Lorea Arenas (University of Málaga, Spain) opened the third panel session, which was focused on domestic abuse. The Spanish scholar presented a paper on ‘GPS and domestic violence in Spain‘.


IMG_0116Emma Forbes

This presentation was followed by the talk given by Emma Forbes (University of Glasgow, Scotland), who debated the impact of Devolution, Brexit, and the post-Brexit political context in the penal policies against domestic abuse
in Scotland.


IMG_0119General meeting of the ESC working group on Gender, Crime and Justice

IMG_0127General meeting of the ESC working group on Gender, Crime and Justice


General meeting of the ESC working group on Gender, Crime and Justice

A general meeting of the ESC working group on Gender, Crime and Justice was also held on Monday, April 24. In this meeting the participants organised several panels to be sponsored by the working group in the upcoming Cardiff conference of the ESC, as well as began to prepare both an special issue of an academic journal and a collective book on gender and justice issues.


IMG_0136From left to right: Michele Burman, Loraine Gelsthorpe


From left to right: Patricia Faraldo, Michele Burman, Loraine Gelsthorpe

The general meeting of the working group was followed by a master class given the organisers of the workshop, Loraine Gelsthorpe (University of Cambridge, England), Michele Burman (University of Glasgow, Scotland), and Patricia Faraldo (University of A Coruna, Spain). The senior scholars provided an audience of PhD students and early-career reseachers a number of most helpful hints on how to write a PhD Dissertation and how to publish in international journals.


IMG_0148Sílvia Gomes

The second day of the  workshop was opened by a session entitled ‘Analysing gender‘. Sílvia Gomes (University of Minho, Portugal), presented a paper entitled ‘When gender violence is in the news: theoretical reflections and practical dilemmas‘.


IMG_0162Silvia Rodríguez

Within this panel session, the ECRIM member Silvia Rodríguez (University of A Coruna, Spain) gave a talk on ‘A Gender-Based Analysis of Human Trafficking Cases in Spain‘.


IMG_0169Ana Guerreiro

Finally, this session included as well a paper presented by Ana Guerreiro (ISMAI, Portugal), who examined the participation of women and the role played by female offenders in criminal organisations.


IMG_0178Martina Althoff

The second panel session of this day was comprised by two presentations. First, Martina Althoff (University of Groningen, The Netherlands) presented a paper on ‘What about women’s self-determination and prostitution policy? An assessment of the Dutch and Swedish legislation and its effects‘.


IMG_0186Monika Platek

Second, Monika Platek (University of Warsaw, Poland) gave a talk entitled ‘When reproductive rights become a crime. Not only case of Poland‘.


IMG_0192From left to right: Oona Brooks, Luz María Puente

The last session of the workshop was called ‘Responding to Violence
Against Women‘ and included three presentations. On the one hand, Oona Brooks (University of Glasgow, Scotland) presented a paper on ‘Contemporary developments in rape advocacy: a view from victims/survivors‘.


IMG_0198From left to right: Janine Janssen, Luz María Puente, Sheila Fernández and Oona Brooks

IMG_0196From left to right: Janine Janssen, Luz María Puente

On the other hand, Sheila Fernández (Autonomous University of Chile, Chile / University of A
Coruna, Spain) debated its paper called ‘Indigenous women and violence against women.
Proposals from Latin America‘. Finally, the workshop was closed by the presentation made by Janine Janssen (Avans University, The Netherlands), who explored honour-based violence from the perspective of virtual and social media.


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De izqda. a dcha.: María Digna Braña, Antonio Doval, Patricia Faraldo, Patricia Tapia

[CAST] Los días 3-4 de abril, el Iltre. Colegio de Abogados de A Coruña acogió la celebración de las Jornadas “La proyección de la corrupción en el ámbito penal: Su prevención y represión mediante el recurso a la sanción penal, organizadas por el ECRIM y el Iltre. Colegio de Abogados.

La primera sesión del seminario, el lunes 3 de abril, comenzó con una conferencia del Dr. Norberto De la Mata Barranco, Catedrático de Derecho Penal de la Universidad del País Vasco, sobre “La lucha contra la corrupción política desde el Derecho penal”. Con posterioridad, el Dr. Fernando Navarro Cardoso, Profesor de Derecho penal de la Universidad de las Palmas de Gran Canaria disertó sobre “El delito de cohecho pasivo”.

En la segunda parte de la sesión de tarde, el Dr. Antonio Doval Pais, Catedrático de Derecho penal de la Universidad de Alicante, analizó “El delito de maquinaciones para alterar los precios de las cosas”. El primer día de las Jornadas concluyó con la intervención de la Dra. Patricia Tapia Ballesteros, Profesora de Derecho penal de la Universidad de Valladolid, quien presentó una ponencia sobre “Corrupción y tráfico de drogas: la responsabilidad penal del funcionario de prisiones”.

IMG_0043De izqda. a dcha.: María Digna Braña, Antonio Roma, Luz María Puente

La segunda sesión de las jornadas, el martes 4 de abril, se inició con la ponencia “Corrupción y factores precipitadores: intento de definición”, presentada por la Dra. María Acale Sánchez, Catedrática de Derecho penal de la Universidad de Cádiz. Tras ella intervino D. Antonio Roma Valdés, Fiscal de la Fiscalía de Área de Santiago de Compostela, quien examinó “La persecución de los delitos de corrupción: las dificultades de cooperación internacional en los paraísos fiscales”.

Tras el descanso, la Dra. Irene Navarro Frías, Doctora en Derecho penal y Profesora de Derecho Mercantil de la Universidad de la Laguna, abordó el análisis de la “Corrupción en las sociedades de capital: el problema de la retribución de los administradores sociales”. Finalmente, las jornadas concluyeron con la intervención del abogado D. Esteban Rico Núñez, quien presentó una ponencia sobre “La tutela judicial efectiva y la inversión social de la carga de la prueba en las macroinvestigaciones sumariales”.

IMG_20170404_121401De izqda. a dcha.: Marián Fuentes, Silvia Rodríguez, Patricia Tapia, Luz María Puente, María Acale, Irene Navarro


IMG_0062Sílvia Gomes


[GAL] Na semana do 3 ao 7 de abril, a Facultade de Dereito da Coruña recibiu como profesora visitante a Sílvia Gomes, investigadora da Universidade do Minho (Braga, Portugal), e profesora de criminoloxía do ISMAI (Maia, Portugal). Durante a súa estadía, a Dra. Gomes impartiu diversas palestras e aulas a estudantes de criminoloxía e penoloxía, centrándose en particular na análise empírica da prisión e das súas condicións de vida, e na problemática de reinserción e da retorno á sociedade tras o cumprimento dunha pena de prisión.


IMG_0066Sílvia Gomes

IMG_0016Antonella Pasculli


[ENG] Antonella Pasculli, Professor of criminal law at the University of Bari (Italy) has been visiting lecturer at the Law School of the University of A Coruna during the fourth week of March. During her ECRIM-sponsored visitorship, Prof Pasculli has given a number and talks and lectures to students of penology and criminology. More precisely, Prof Pasculli lectured on ‘Organized crime and economic crisis in Italy‘ and ‘The protection of children in migrations‘.


IMG_0024Antonella Pasculli

IMG_0010Maria João Guia

[GAL] Entre o 20 e o 24 de marzo, a Facultade de Dereito da Coruña contou como profesora convidada coa Dra. Maria João Guia, investigadora en Socioloxía e Criminoloxía da Universidade de Coimbra (Portugal), profesora da Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa (Portugal) e coordinadora da CINETS – Crimmigration Control International Network of Studies. Durante o decurso da semana, a Dra. Guia impartiu varias aulas a palestras sobre a criminalización da inmigración e a relación entre inmigración prisión.


IMG_0015Maria João Guia















[CAST] El ECRIM organiza los próximos 3-4 de abril, en colaboración con el Iltre. Colegio Provincial de Abogados de A Coruña, las jornadas “La proyección de la corrupción en el ámbito penal: Su prevención y represión mediante el recurso a la sanción penal“, que se celebrará en la sede del Colegio Provincial de Abogados de A Coruña. Las jornadas, que contarán con la participación de diversos ponentes del mundo académico y del ámbito de la práctica del Foro, analizarán desde una pluralidad de puntos de vista la problemática de la respuesta penal a la corrupción.


Lunes 3 de Abril de 2017

16.30hs – Presentación de la 1ª Jornada.

Dña. Patricia Faraldo Cabana, Catedrática de Derecho Penal de la Universidade da Coruña (UDC)

Dña. María Digna Braña Iglesia, Abogada y Directora de la EPJ “Decano Iglesias Corral”

16.45hs – “La lucha contra la corrupción política desde el Derecho Penal”

Norberto De la Mata Barranco, Catedrático de Derecho Penal de la Universidad del País Vasco (UPV)

17:15hs – “El delito de cohecho pasivo”

Fernando Carlos Navarro Cardoso, Profesor Titular de Derecho Penal de la Universidad de las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC)

17.45hs – Descanso.

18.00hs – “El delito de maquinaciones para alterar los precios de las cosas”

Antonio Doval Pais, Catedrático de Derecho Penal de la Universidad de Alicante (UA)

18.30hs – “Corrupción y tráfico de drogas: la responsabilidad penal del funcionario de prisiones”

Dña. Patricia Tapia Ballesteros, Profesora Ayudante Doctora de Derecho Penal de la Universidad de Valladolid (UVa)

19.00hs – Debate.

19.30hs – Cierre de la 1ª Jornada.


 Martes 4 de Abril de 2017

16.30hs – Presentación de la 2ª Jornada.

Dña. Luz María Puente Aba, Profesora Contratada Doctora de Derecho Penal de la Universidade da Coruña (UDC)

16.45hs – “Corrupción y factores precipitadores: intento de definición”

Dña. María Acale Sánchez, Catedrática de Derecho Penal de la Universidad de Cádiz (UCA)

17:15hs – “La persecución de los delitos de corrupción: las dificultades de cooperación internacional en los paraísos fiscales”

Antonio Roma Valdés, Fiscal adscrito a la Fiscalía de Área de Santiago de Compostela

17.45hs – Descanso.

18.00hs – “Corrupción en las sociedades de capital: el problema de la retribución de los administradores sociales”

Dña. Irene Navarro Frías, Profesora Ayudante Doctora de Derecho Mercantil de la Universidad de la Laguna (ULL)

18.30hs – “La tutela judicial efectiva y la inversión social de la carga de la prueba en las macroinvestigaciones sumariales”.

Esteban Rico Núñez, Abogado

19.00hs – Debate.

19.30hs – Cierre de la 2ª Jornada.





17265174_593962347460995_8501790406609474967_nEmanuele La Rosa


[ENG] From March, 12 to March, 16 Prof Dr Emanuele La Rosa visited the Law School of the University of A Coruna. Prof La Rosa is a Senior Lecturer of criminal law at the Mediterranean University of Reggio Calabria (Italy). During his visit, which was sponsored by the ECRIM research group, Prof La Rosa gave a number of talks and lectures, focusing on prison overcrowding in Italy, the increasing enforcement of non-custodial penalties and the penal treatment of mentally impaired offenders.


17352433_593962304127666_3409646018904532455_nEmanuele La Rosa

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[CAS] El ECRIM ha organizado, en colaboración con el Iltre. Colegio de Abogados de A Coruña, la jornada titulada “Los delitos de frustración de la ejecución e insolvencia punible a revisión“. La jornada, celebrada en la sede del Colegio, contó con la participación de diversos ponentes, tanto del mundo de la abogacía como del campo académico.

Tras la presentación a cargo de la Dra. Eva María Souto García, miembro del ECRIM, y de María Digna Braña Iglesia, abogada y directora de la Escuela de Práctica Jurídica, correspondió a la Dra. Patricia Faraldo Cabana la primera ponencia, titulada “Los delitos de frustración de la ejecución: análisis de su regulación y problemáticas destacadas“. Posteriormente intervino el Dr. Iván Navas, profesor de Derecho penal de la Universidad de San Sebastián (Santiago, Chile) e investigador visitante en la UDC, que presentó la ponencia “Los delitos de insolvencia punible: la imputación objetiva y el delito concursal“. Finalmente, la sesión se cerró con la intervención de Pedro Moreno Vázquez, abogado especializado en Derecho mercantil y Derecho penal económico del Iltre. Colegio de A Coruña, quien realizó un “Análisis de la posible relevancia penal y concursal de las conductas del deudor a través de la resolución de casos prácticos“.

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6_2De izq. a dcha.: Pedro Moreno, María Digna Braña, Eva Souto, Patricia Faraldo, Iván Navas

2_2Iván Navas

[CAST] El ECRIM ha acogido durante el mes de febrero de 2017 la estancia de investigación, de una semana de duración, de Iván Navas Mondaca, profesor de Derecho penal de la Universidad de San Sebastián (Santiago, Chile). El Dr. Navas, adenás de la realización de una conferencia, trabajó durante su estancia en la protección penal de los consumidores, con vistas a la próxima formulación de un proyecto de investigación.

[ENG] Dear members of the ESC Working Group on Gender and Justice

‘Women, Crime and Justice in a Changing Europe’ 24th and 25th April 2017

 Whilst we realise that this is fairly short notice, we are very pleased to announce that there will be a meeting and mini-conference for the ESC Working Group on Gender and Justice to be held on 24th and 25th April 2017  at the Universidad A Coruña in Galicia, Spain.

The theme of the mini-conference  is ‘Gender, Crime and Justice in a Changing Europe’ and we invite titles and abstracts for short papers which address this  core theme.

 Whilst the  European Union has long championed gender equality, and has been at the forefront of initiatives in relation to  violence against women, there has nonetheless been a noticeable gap in relation to debates and policies concerning women,  crime and justice.  Within a context of  economic crisis and fragility, Europe faces major challenges and is undergoing monumental change.  Many countries in Europe are seeing massive cuts in pubic services, reductions in health and social care, rising food and transport costs and increased rates of unemployment. Patterns of forced migration and flows of people through and across Europe pose great challenges. Some countries face huge  debts and are imposing wide ranging cuts on  public spending and health and welfare services. Poverty and social exclusion are  increasing. Support services are diminishing. These  conditions, taken together, pose  immense  challenges to  political systems. But they also  create the social and economic conditions which give rise to crime and the disproportionate criminalisation of certain groups.  At the same time,  many countries are witnessing rising rates of female imprisonment and reduced access to alternative forms of punishment.  What are the implications of a changing Europe for achieving justice for women ?   We therefore welcome papers on any aspect of women,  crime  and justice in a changing Europe.

 As well as allowing for an opportunity to meet outside the confines of the ESC annual conference, this  mini-conference will  provide a forum for encouraging encourage debate and analysis on the important topic of women  and justice in Europe, but will also  allow us an opportunity to hear about each others’ work, plan  future Working Group activities and general networking. The event will take place at the Universidad A Coruña, and will be hosted by Professor Patricia Faraldo Cabana and her colleagues in the Law School. The  conference accommodation will be in the delightful  city of A Coruña in the northwest of Spain. 

 Thanks to the generosity of the universities of A Coruña  and of Cambridge, there are no costs to attend the event and there are  funds available to cover accommodation costs in A Coruña for two nights for up to 30 people.  However, there are no funds to cover the  travel costs of delegates, although a limited number of travel bursaries will be available to assist PhD  researchers  to attend.

 If you would plan  to attend this event please can you register interest  to by 1st March 2017  clearly marking your email  ‘ESC WG Gender and Justice A Coruña’  so we can make the accommodation bookings and plan for a set number of attendees.. If you plan to  present a paper then please  can you send in the title and abstract  to the same address no later than  12th  March 2017. Details of the programme will be circulated to attendees no later than March 31st 2017.

 If you are a PhD student or a postdoctoral student and  have no other recourse to funds to allow you to attend, and  wish to apply for a travel bursary then please submit a short application,  providing the details below, along with a short reference letter from a supervisor. Preference will normally be given to those wishing to travel outside their country of residence: 



Current role (PhD/PostDoc):

Anticipated costs of travel:  

Principal reason for wishing to attend: 

Title of  paper you plan to present:















José Ángel Brandariz. La Opinión de A Coruña/casteleiro/roller agencia

[GAL] José Ángel Brandariz, membro do ECRIM, foi obxecto de varias entrevistas en medios de comunicación, con ocasión do seu recente nomeamento por un periodo de tres anos como membro do Executive Board da European Society of Criminology.

Esta é a entrevista realizada e publicada polo diario La Opinión de A Coruña o 8 de febreiro de 2017.

“Xuízos coma o dos tuits de Carrero Blanco teñen un efecto devastador, de censura”

“Pensar que a realidade pode mudar a través do Código Penal é un exercicio de ignorancia” – “Nos últimos cinco anos o 20% da poboación penitenciaria saíu da cadea”

miguel rodríguez a coruña 08.02.2017

O profesor de Dereito Penal da Universidade da Coruña, José Ángel Brandariz, vén de ser elixido membro do consello directivo da Sociedade Europea de Criminoloxía por un periodo de tres anos. Será o único representante do Estado español na directiva deste organismo comunitario que se encarga de desenvolver un traballo “prosaico”: poñer en contacto aos investigadores europeos centrados en analizar as características da criminalidade e o tipo de respostas se lle dan. Nesta entrevista, analiza a situación desta disciplina en España e opina sobre a fronteira que separa o combate á delincuencia e a liberdade de expresión

Din que os estudos de criminoloxía en España están moito máis retrasados do que noutros países europeos. En que se materializa ese retraso?

-Temos un déficit moi chamativo do aproveitamento de saberes expertos por parte dos operadores públicos. En Inglaterra, que é un país moi avanzado neste sentido, hai xa 50 anos que todo o referido a seguridade, orde pública, criminalidade e delincuencia se decide desde o ámbito gubernativo apoiándose en asesores que, dunha ou outra forma, repensan as políticas que se poñen en marcha, ven como funcionan, etc. Iso é unha realidade que no contexto español non existiu nunca, salvando o caso de Euskadi e Cataluña.

-A que se debe esta carencia?

-Eu creo que a dúas ou tres cuestións evidentes. Primeiro, a un certo déficit xeral das ciencias sociais no ámbito académico español en relación a outros países da nosa contorna. En segundo lugar, á convicción bastante bizarra de que este tipo de problemas se solucionan só desde a perspectiva do dereito. E a terceira razón, no caso español, a un déficit de innovación e investimento político en pensar como se solucionan estes problemas.

Cada certo tempo ábrese o debate sobre a suposta “suavidade” do Código Penal español despois dalgúns episodios de violencia. Endurecelo é unha solución?

-O Código Penal español é o máis duro de Europa occidental, xunto con Portugal. Máis alá diso, na Unión Europea só nos supera Rumanía. Pensar que a realidade se cambia a través do Código Penal é un exercicio de ignorancia ou de fetichismo normativo. Non hai ningunha persoa que cometa delitos que lle preste a máis mínima atención ao Código Penal. As políticas desta área teñen que facer máis cousas que reducir a criminalidade e pensar en como atallar comportamentos antisociais que non están criminalizados. Aí está a trascendencia que teñen cada vez máis as ordenanzas cívicas nas nosas cidades á hora de mellorar a convivencia, a cohesión social, a conflictividade, reducir o medo ao outro, etc. Todos estes son elementos que están relacionados cos comportamentos antisociais e coa criminalidade pero que teñen autonomía propia e hai que intervir neles con políticas propias. No caso español hai moi pouco feito neste terreo e hai moito por innovar.

En 2015 o Goberno reinstaurou a cadea perpetua en España. Estase espallando unha especie de populismo punitivo?

-Non creo que esteamos na etapa de maior populismo punitivo. Iso viviuse antes da crise, hai uns quince anos. Si que é certo que se restableceu a cadea perpetua despois de 87 anos de non existir pero tamén é certo que nos últimos cinco anos o 20% da poboación penitenciaria saíu do cárcere. Non é unha cuestión menor. Normalmente, un determinado problema non se cambia só a través da lei. A lei é un compoñente pero non é un compeñente relevante. Por exemplo, o último gran problema criminal que tivo España foi a etapa de criminalidade vinculada á heroína. O Código Penal tivo un papel pouco significativo naquilo. Foron unha serie de condicións sociais, económicas e mesmo culturais as que deixaron atrás esa etapa. Algunhas moi fastidiadas, como puido ser a difusión da SIDA, e outras máis neutras, como o cambio das prácticas sociais en relación ao consumo de drogas.

Están de actualidade as condenas por tuits, coma a que se propón polos comentarios sobre Carrero Blanco ou do líder de Def Con Dos. A súa razón de ser é que “lexitiman o terrorismo”. Que lle parecen estas decisións?

-Isto evidencia que é fácil deslizarse por unha pendente pero desandar o camiño é complicado. En determinado momento créase unha norma para criminalizar un comportamento pensando que só se aplicará en casos excepcionais pero iso acaba convertíndose en regra. É moi fácil aprobar unha norma que criminaliza comportamentos e despois é moi difícil que haxa un goberno con valor político para poder dicir “non, señores, isto non vai por aquí”. Desde unha perspectiva xa máis neoliberal, paréceme pouco eficiente no gasto dos recursos humanos.

-En que sentido?

-Ningún sistema penal se pode dedicar a perseguir toda a criminalidade, polo que hai que priorizar. Hai países que desatenden a violencia de xénero mentres que nós consideramos que é algo moi grave e que hai que atendela. Hai que preguntarse cales son os crimes graves que se dan na nosa sociedade e preguntarnos se queremos gastar en cousas coma os tuits recursos de xuízos, investigacións, policías, etc. Máis alá dunha cuestión de dereitos e de liberdade de expresión, que son claves nesta cuestión, paréceme que hai unha lóxica de eficiencia. Que tipo de sociedade somos cando dedicamos recursos que son escasos e que costan moito en perseguir cousas como esta?

-Que efecto teñen este tipo de condenas sobre o exercicio da liberdade de expresión?

-Ten un efecto bastante devastador. Éo para a persoa que é condenada, que non entende moi ben en que tipo de país está vivindo, e o é na medida en que todos somos conscientes de que está acontecendo isto para o conxunto da colectividade. A medida busca intentar que o uso das redes sexa o menos denigrante posible, pero o efecto que teñen este tipo de comportamentos non é ese. É un efecto de censura que vai máis alá do comportamento que pode ser criminalizado e que retrae a moitas persoas a producir unha dinámica de debate colectivo en tempo real, que é do que se trata nas redes sociais. Os efectos que pode ter, sen ninguna dúbida, son moito máis gravosos do que beneficiosos para a sociedade.



[GAL] Na última semana de xaneiro, o ECRIM ten acollido na Facultade de Dereito da Coruña a estadía de Clara Masiero, doutoranda en Dereito penal da UNISINOS (Rio Grande do Sul, Brasil) e profesora de Dereito penal da Universidade Paulista (São Paulo, Brasil) e das Faculdades Integradas Campos Salles (São Paulo, Brasil). A investigadora brasileira desenvolveu a súa estadía no marco da realización da súa tese doutoral, sobre “Lutas sociais e políticas criminais: o tratamento penal dos conflitos sociais gerados pela discriminação no Brasil“.