Understanding Hate Crime: Research, Policy & Practice

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The International Network for Hate Studies will hold its Inaugural Conference at the University of Sussex on 8th and 9th May 2014.

'Hate crime' is rapidly moving up the international academic and policy agendas. The list of countries that have passed hate crime laws continues to increase and inter-governmental organisations such as the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe and the European Agency for Fundamental Rights are stepping up their work to monitor the problem and support national governments in their response to it. The International Network for Hate Studies was created in response to the growing need to share information about multi-disciplinary, multi-agency and international efforts to better understand and address hate and hate crime. This Inaugural Conference will provide a platform for creative engagement across the academic, policy, practitioner and activist communities, with the aim of providing innovative insights and responses to a serious challenge that affects our increasingly diverse societies. The conference will be truly international, with speakers already confirmed from South Africa, Norway, Sweden, Ireland, the United States, Canada, and Australia.

There will be panel discussions, papers, and problem solving activities, which will all seek to break through the traditional silos of research, policy, practice and activism. Together, participants will move forward in their work to understand and respond to hate crime both in their own countries, and internationally.

Specific topics include:

  • Challenges to researching hate crime: bridging the policy gap
  • Intervention, prevention and policing: investigation and building cases for prosecution
  • Community approaches to hate crime offending: using restorative justice interventions
  • Hate speech and hate crime: connections and differences
  • Islamophobic and disability hate crime: current research and international policy challenges
  • Conceptual and legal approaches to defining hate crime: which groups? which crimes?
  • Getting out of victim silos: inter-sectionality and the lived experience of victims
  • Towards an international framework on hate crime: current intergovernmental approaches
  • Beyond criminal justice: understanding psychological and indirect impacts of hate crime
  • Cyber hate: policing and regulation


Confirmed plenary speakers include:

Paul Iganski, Lancaster University,  

Joanna Perry, OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights

Barbara Perry, University of Ontario

Neil Chakraborti, University of Leicester

Jon Garland, University of Surrey


Benefits of attending

  • Be briefed by international and national experts on current key hate crime challenges
  • Learn more about emerging hate crime research issues from our speakers and panel experts
  • Promote your research, practitioner or policy interventions for others to learn from
  • Be a part of these developments by discussing potential partnerships with innovators
  • Have your voice heard during panel discussions with leading experts from the UK and Europe
  • Forge new networks and academic relationships
  • Identify new opportunities for collaborative projects


Who should attend?

The goal of the International Network for Hate Studies is to promote novel multi-disciplinary approaches to understanding and responding to hate crime, drawing from expertise across the world. Anyone with these interests is welcome to register. We are particularly interested to involve individuals from the following sectors:

  • Law enforcement
  • Policy makers
  • Academic researchers
  • Graduate students
  • Intergovernmental organisations
  • Social scientists
  • Activists
  • Prosecutors
  • Probation officers
  • Community safety practitioners