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Imagining the International: Crime, Justice and Community on the Global Stage

Speaker: Dr. Nesam McMillan (School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Melbourne)

From a criminological perspective, the internationalisation of crime and justice is a significant historical development. International crime and international criminal justice are demarcated from their national counterparts, framed as new categories of crime and justice. International crimes are popularly conceptualised as crimes against humanity, crimes against ‘us’ all, whilst international justice is portrayed as an enterprise undertaken on behalf of an international community. Embedded in ideas and practices of internationalised crime and justice are promises of global responsibility and interconnectedness; claims that certain suffering matters and is the concern of ‘us’ all.

As part of a broader project, this paper critically interrogates the nature and effects of the internationalisation of crime and justice. First, it charts how certain crimes and forms of justice are figured as distinctly ‘international’. I draw on the fields of international law, socio-legal studies, cultural geography, anthropology, global criminology and post-colonial theory to trace the shifts in scale, subjectivity and meaning that this entails. Second, the paper explores the subjective and relational effects of dominant approaches to international crime and justice – by asking what ways they make it possible to relate and respond to the injustice and injury experienced by others? Through such critique, I seek to open out onto an exploration of how internationality might be configured otherwise. What might be alternative ways of thinking about global interrelation and responsibility that might be more responsive to the specificity of the experience of suffering? And how might internationality be thought outside the concept of hierarchy?

About the Criminology Seminar Series

In line with the School of Law, Birkbeck's research and teaching ethos, the Criminology Seminar Series aims to provide a platform for critical and interdisciplinary research, showcasing prominent and path-breaking research on crime, criminal justice and related themes by scholars from within and beyond Birkbeck. The series is convened by Dr Sappho Xenakis, School of Law, Birkbeck.

Attendance to the events is free but registration is required. Talks from the 2017/18 series will be avaible for download via the website. Find out more about the series here. The hashtag for the event is #BBKCrimSeries.

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Picture credit: Image is by Fernando Botero: Abu Ghraib #67 (2005). University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive Gift of the Artist, 2009.12.42 Photographed for the UC Berkeley Art Museum by Benjamin Blackwell.

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