Posts Tagged Mass Incarceration

International panel session on Criminology and Penology

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

[ENG] On Friday, September 11, the Law School of the University of A Coruna hosted an international panel session on criminological and penological issues, organised by ECRIM.


From left to right: Raffaella Pallamolla, Kerry Carrington, Daniel Achutti

The panel session began with a lecture given by Kerry Carrington (Queensland University of Technology, Australia) on ‘Southern Criminology‘. The award-winning Australian scholar presented her work on the reframing of criminological thought in line with what has been named ‘Southern Theory’, which enables the development of Southern perspectives on criminological issues.


Daniel Achutti

Afterwards, Daniel Achutti (UniLasalle, Brazil) lectured on ‘Mass incarceration, alternatives and restorative justice: Critical analysis on the Brazilian case‘. In his presentation, Dr Achutti examined the evolution of both the Brazilian criminal justice system as a whole and the Brazilian system of restorative justice. Moreover, he analysed if -and how- restorative justice may contribute to restrain the astounding rise of punitiveness which Brazil has witnessed over the recent period.









Raffaella Pallamolla

Finally, the session came to an end with a lecture given by Raffaella Pallamolla (UniRitter, Brazil) on ‘Democracy and the Brazilian criminal justice system: Restorative justice contributions‘. The Brazilian lecturer reflected thereby on how the theories of democracy can improve the practices of restorative justice, especially in countries such as Brazil, characterised by individualism and social isolation.

Punishment and the Illusion of Free Markets: Lecture of Prof. Bernard Harcourt

Monday, March 14th, 2011

From left to right: José Ángel Brandariz, Bernard Harcourt

On March 14th, the Law Faculty of the University of A Coruña hosted a talk, organised by the ECRIM research group, and given by Bernard Harcourt, Julius Kreeger Professor of Law and Political Science at the University of Chicago (USA) []. Prof. Harcourt lectured on “The Illusion of Free Markets: Laissez Faire and Mass Incarceration in the USA“. The talk was a sort of introduction to Prof. Harcourt’s new book, recently published by Harvard University Press: The Illusion of Free Markets. Punishment and the Myth of Natural Order. In this book, Bernard Harcourt traces the genealogy of neoliberal thought on social control, an approach which gained momentum in the last three decades, through the Law and Economics theoretical movement, closely tied to the University of Chicago.