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Law and social policy scholar Lacey to examine concepts of criminal responsibility in Marquette Law School’s Barrock Lecture

Professor Lacey held a chair in criminal law and legal theory at the London School of Economics from 1998 to 2010.

By - Oct 23rd, 2015 02:18 pm

MILWAUKEE – Nicola Lacey, Professor of Law, Gender, and Social Policy at the London School of Economics, will present “Socializing the Subject of Criminal Law? Criminal Responsibility and the Purposes of Criminalization” for this year’s George and Margaret Barrock Lecture on Criminal Law at Marquette University Law School on Tuesday, Oct. 27, at 4:30 p.m.

Most accounts of criminal responsibility depend on the claim that features characterizing responsible agents can be clearly distinguished from features of their situation, environment, history or circumstances—that the latter features do not define individuals as subjects. Lacey’s lecture will argue that this distinction is more problematic than it at first appears but that the key is to recognize that the criteria for criminal responsibility must be articulated with an understanding of the role and functions of criminal law.

Professor Lacey held a chair in criminal law and legal theory at the London School of Economics from 1998 to 2010. She returned in 2013 after spending three years as senior research fellow at All Souls College and professor of criminal law and legal theory at the University of Oxford. She has also held visiting appointments at Harvard and Stanford law schools.

Professor Lacey’s books include Women, Crime and Character: From Moll Flanders to Tess of the d’Urbervilles and The Prisoners’ Dilemma: Political Economy and Punishment in Contemporary Democracies. In 2011, the University of Bern awarded Professor Lacey the Hans Sigrist Prize for outstanding scholarship on the function of the rule of law in late modern societies.

The Barrock Lecture is supported by a bequest of the late Mary Barrock Bonfield to honor her parents, George and Margaret Barrock. George Barrock was a 1931 graduate of the Law School.

Seating is available, although registration is required and is available online.

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