Professor Andrew Ashworth QC New Zealand Law Foundation Distinguished Visiting Fellow 2012 Auckland Law School  Download event as icalendar

26 March 2012 to 31 March 2012

The Law School is delighted to announce Professor Andrew Ashworth’s visit during March this year. He is Vinerian Professor of English Law at the University of Oxford, a post he has held since 1997. He is also a Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, and a member of the Centre for Criminology. Previously he was the Edmund-Davies Professor of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice at King’s College London (1988-1997), Fellow and Tutor in Law at Worcester College Oxford (1978-1988), and Lecturer then Senior Lecturer at the University of Manchester (1970-1978). In 1980 he was appointed a member of the Criminal Law Revision Committee, which was abolished in 1985. From 1989-1992 he served as Chairman of the Select Committee of Experts on Sentencing at the Council of Europe. In 1999 he was appointed as a member of the Sentencing Advisory Panel, and he became the Panel’s chairman in 2007 until its abolition in 2010.

Professor Ashworth has been a Fellow of the British Academy since 1993, was appointed honorary Q.C. in 1997, and was awarded a C.B.E. in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2009. His books include Principles of Criminal Law (6th ed., 2009), The Criminal Process (4th ed. with Mike Redmayne, 2010), Sentencing and Criminal Justice (5th ed., 2010), and Human Rights and Criminal Justice (3rd ed. forthcoming 2012, with Ben Emmerson Q.C. and Alison Macdonald). At present he is the co-holder (with Professor Lucia Zedner) of a large grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council, for a three-year study of the justifications for using coercion for preventive purposes, looking at a whole range of preventive laws from the criminal law to quarantine, from civil preventive orders to the indeterminate detention of ‘dangerous’ offenders. His main teaching subject is European human rights law, which he teaches to undergraduates, to B.C.L. students, and to students on the M.Sc. in Criminology.

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Professor Ashworth will be delivering a public lecture to mark the launch of the New Zealand Centre for Human Rights Law, Policy and Practice at the University of Auckland Law School. Particulars of this public lecture are as follows:

Topic: ‘Human Rights, Judges and Politicians: Recent Controversies in the UK and Europe‘

This lecture will look at the various conflicts between the UK (government and judiciary) and the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. It will examine the criminal justice topics which have generated the greatest disagreement, and ask: Why did Lord Hoffmann criticise the Strasbourg Court so strongly? Were his criticisms justified? Why has the UK government threatened to withdraw from the European Convention? Do other countries have the same problem? Is this an endemic issue with supra-national bodies?

Date: Thursday, 29 March

Venue: Old Government House Lecture Theatre (Corner of Princes Street and Waterloo Quadrant, Auckland)

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Drinks and nibbles from 5.15pm
Old Government House Lounge

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