Gerald Gordon Seminar in Criminal Law

The Clark Foundation made an award towards the cost of hosting the 12th annual Gerald Gordon Seminar in Criminal Law in June 2020.

However, the global pandemic meant that the 2020 seminar could not take place and was postponed to June 2021. It was hoped that this would be an in-person event, but this did not prove possible. Instead, the seminar was held as an online event on 8 June 2021.

At the online event a number of papers were presented, including by Dr Henrique Carvalho (University of Warwick); Professors James Chalmers, Fiona Leverick (both University of Glasgow) and Vanessa Munro (University of Warwick); Dr Mark Dsouza (University College London);  Carla Sepulveda Penna (University of Oxford) and Dr Laurène Soubise (University of Liverpool). The online format did not prove to be a barrier to participation.

All of the papers presented stimulated lively and informative discussions with average audiences of around 90-100 participants for each session. There was a broad geographical spread of participants, including some from outside the UK. The core attendance was, however, similar to previous years, with a mixture of Scottish and UK academics and Scottish legal practitioners (including from SCTS, COPFS, the Law Society of Scotland and advocates).

The 13th seminar is scheduled for Thursday 9 June 2022: it is intended that this will be an in-person event on the University of Glasgow campus.