Crime Research Centre

Past Events

The Crime Research Centre hosts a number of research events every term. To be added to our events mailing list, please email

Past Events


  • Launch Event: A three day major international law reform conference, celebrating the launch of the Sussex Crime Research Centre. For details of the event, see Criminal Law Reform Now. As a result of this event the Criminal Law Reform Now Network was established.
  • Symposium: FGM legislation in the UK: Some critical responses -  A diverse group of speakers, covering legal, ethical, clinical, sociological, anthropological, therapeutic, and operational approaches, offered critical perspectives on FGM legislation in the UK, considering whether recent reforms are in the best interests of those they seek to protect.
  • Research seminar: Camilla Elphick (Doctoral Candidate in Applied Cognitive Psychology, Sussex) - 'Face recognition and police identification procedures'.
  • Research seminar: Christophe Bizimungu (Doctoral Candidate in Law, Sussex, and former Chief of the Criminal Investigation Department of the Rwanda National Police) - 'Fighting Human Trafficking: The Case of Rwanda'.
  • Research Seminar: Dr James Hardie-Bick (Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Criminology, Sussex) - 'Satre, Phenomenology and Edgework'.
  • Research Seminar: Dr Gavin Byrne (Senior Lecturer in Law, Birmingham Law School) and Dr John Child (Senior Lecturer in Law, Sussex) 'Attacks on the mind and the legal limits of the seduction industry'.
  • Research Seminar: Prof Nicholas Ryder (Professor in Financial Crime, Bristol Law School, UWE), 'The financial war on terrorism and Islamic State of Iraq and Levant'.
  • Research Seminar: Prof Tim Hitchcock (Professor of Digital Humanities and Co-Director Digital Humanities Lab, Sussex), 'Hearing voices in an 18th century courtroom: Sound, space and experience at the Old Bailey'.
  • Public Lecture: Rob Wainwright (Director of Europol), 'The role of Europol in Countering Organised Crime and Terrorism'. Download powerpoint slides [PPTX 6.04MB].
  • CRC Annual Graduate Conference 2017. This interdisciplinary conference showcased doctoral research from across the country, on the broad theme of crime.
  • Symposium: Intoxication, Addiction and the Criminal Law. Held jointly with Sussex Addiction Research and Intervention Centre.


  • Research seminar: Dr Susan Leahy (Lecturer in Law at the University of Limerick) – ‘Sexual offences and law reform in Ireland: Opportunities and Challenges’ and Dr Tanya Palmer (Lecturer in Law at Sussex) – ‘Distinguishing Sex from Sexual Violation: Consent, Negotiation and Freedom to Negotiate’.
  • Internal Doctoral Research Conference: A range of excellent papers presented by current PhD students.
  • Public Lecture and Workshop: Professor Evan Stark (Emeritus Professor, sociologist, forensic social worker and award-winning researcher at Rutgers) – ‘Coercive Control’.
  • Research Seminar: Professor John Jackson (Professor of Comparative Criminal Law and Procedure at the University of Nottingham) – 'The Role of Special Advocates – Advocacy, Due Process and the Adversarial Tradition'.
  • Workshop: Professor Lois Bibbings (Professor of Gender, Law and History at the University of Bristol) – ‘Socio-Legal Research: Explorations ‘Within’ and ‘Beyond’ Law’
  • Research Seminar: Professor Lois Bibbings – ‘Murder, Mayhem and Manhood: Retelling Gendered Histories of Crime’.
  • Research Seminar: Dr Paul McGuinness (Lecturer in Criminology and Sociology at Sussex) – ‘A Pervert’s Guide to Community Payback: Theorising Softcore Punishments’.
  • Research Seminar: Nicholas Sinclair-House (Doctoral candidate and Associate Tutor in Psychology at Sussex) – ‘The Impact of Disease and Addiction Etiology on Leniency in Sentencing’.