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May 2013

ASC Division on Critical Criminology Invites Nominations for this Year’s Awards

The ASC Division on Critical Criminology (DCC) invites nominations for this year’s awards. This year, the DCC will sponsor six (6) awards:

· The Lifetime Achievement Award honors an individual’s sustained and distinguished scholarship, teaching, and/or service in the field of critical criminology.

· The Critical Criminologist of the Year Award honors an early-to-mid-career individual’s distinguished accomplishments that have symbolized the spirit of the DCC in some form of scholarship, teaching, and/or service in recent years.

· The DCC Praxis Award recognizes an individual whose professional accomplishments have increased the quality of justice for groups that have experienced class, ethnic, gender, racial and sexual disparities in policing and punishment. The DCC Award for Contribution to Practice honors unique achievements in activism, commitment, persuasion, scholarship, service and teaching in areas that have made a significant impact on the quality of justice for underserved, underrepresented, and otherwise marginalized populations.

· The DCC Practice Award recognizes the activist/practitioner who has participated in publicly promoting and working towards the ideals of equality, justice and rights as they relate to the differential distribution of power in criminal justice and throughout society more generally. Nominees need not be criminologists or even academics, for that matter. Nominations should include specific documentation of public service and should describe in detail how this person’s activism has raised awareness and interest in the issues that concern the DCC.

· The Graduate Student Paper Award recognizes and honors outstanding theoretical or empirical critical criminological scholarship by a graduate student.

· The Undergraduate Student Paper Award recognizes and honors outstanding theoretical or empirical critical criminological scholarship by an undergraduate student.

CWOB Crimes Against the Environment Report (Download)

Earlier this year Criminologists without Borders began an initiative to develop a pamphlet for April’s UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice meeting. This year’s meeting, which took place in Vienna, “discussed “challenges posed by emerging forms of crime that have a significant impact on the environment and ways to deal with it effectively”.”

“To inform the Commission’s discussion on this topic, Criminologists Without Borders prepared an 8-page summary for representatives of UN member states summarizing current research on this topic.”

The report was completed and handed out at the meeting in April. IGCWG member Gohar Petrossian, principal author on this report, said that the “that the handout was very well received by the attending parties.”

The report, which contains policy recommendations and information on illegal fishing and wildlife trade, logging, and other environmental crimes, is now available to download for all those interested. You can download the file by visiting either of the below links.

Direct link to document.

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“Environment, Crime and Conflict” Presentation in London

IGCWG Members Nigel South and Avi Brisman will be giving a talk at University College London titled “Environment, Crime and Conflict: Typologies of Relationships and Representation,” on Tuesday, May 21st from 5-6pm. Please see the bottom of the post for the address of this talk.

Presentation abstract:

Environment, Crime and Conflict: Typologies of Relationships and Representation

“This presentation outlines two typologies. The first covers examples of environmental crimes and harms related to conditions of conflict and war, exploitation and resistance. Case studies and other sources are used to illustrate these examples. The second explores representations of forms of ‘conflict and environment’ relationships. The paper builds on a series of projects, including writing on the intertwining of environmental and human rights , the preparation of an edited volume on environmental crime and social conflict, and ongoing work on cultural and media representations of environmental harms.”

University College of London
Department of Security and Crime Science
35 Tavistock Square,
London, WC1H 9EZ

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The Green Criminology Monthly #9 – May 2013 – Book Review: Animal Harm: Perspectives on Why People Harm and Kill Animals

Welcome to the ninth issue of The Green Criminology Monthly by the IGCWG. Written and reviewed by the members of the International Green Criminology Working Group, The Green Criminology Monthly is a source of original research and publication on green criminology, environmental crime, and other issues concerning criminology. Each month a issue of this publication will be posted to our blog.

The article is available below in its full form, and is also available as a downloadable PDF file on our Monthly Archive Page.

Book Review: Animal Harm: Perspectives on Why People Harm and Kill Animals
Glen Wright
School of Law
Australian National University

Angus Nurse, Animal Harm: Perspectives on Why People Harm and Kill Animals., (Ashgate, 2013)

What makes people harm, injure, or kill animals? Angus Nurse’s book, Animal Harm, opens by posing this complex question – one frequently addressed from a range of perspectives: sociological, psychological and criminological. Animal Harm represents an ambitious effort to bring these diverse discussions together in one concise volume.

Situated as it is in the field of Green Criminology, Nurse’s book at times struggles with some seeming contradictions related to distinguishing illegal animal harms from those harms that are legally allowable but nevertheless harmful to animals.  In this sense, the broad nature of the book’s title and the initial question are somewhat at odds with the Green Criminology perspective.  I will return to these issues after briefly summarizing the book’s content.

The text focuses on a diverse range of discrete animal harms: domestic animals; field sports; culture and self-expression; sport and trophy hunting; and trade in wildlife. Having set out the various types of harm, the author considers the effectiveness of current legislation, policy and sentencing, including an assessment of the (limited) international law responses.

Nurse evaluates the reasons for…

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