Saturday, May 11, 2019

Prison Abolition, Human Rights, and Penal Reform: From Local to Global

The Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice at The University of Texas at Austin, School of Law invites submissions for an interdisciplinary conference on the theme of "Prison Abolition, Human Rights, and Penal Reform: From the Local to the Global," to be held September 26-28, 2019. 

Submit abstracts of proposed papers, panels, or projects in under 500 words to Sarah Eliason by July 15, 2019.

The conference organizers write:  "Mass incarceration and overcriminalization in the United States are subject to critique by some on both the right and the left today. Many critics increasingly talk of prison abolition. At the same time, the international human rights movement continues to rely upon criminal punishment as its primary enforcement tool for many violations, even as it criticizes harsh prison conditions, the use of the death penalty, and lack of due process in criminal proceedings. What would it mean for the human rights movement to take seriously calls for prison abolitionism and the economic and racial inequalities that overcriminalization reproduces and exacerbates? And what might critics of the carceral regime in the United States have to learn from work done by international human rights advocates in a variety of countries?"

More information on the themes of the conference,speakers, and other particulars is available here.

https://lawprofessors.typepad.com/human_rights/2019/05/prison-abolition-human-rights-and-penal-reform-from-local-to-global.html

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