Lunch and Learn Lectures: Silencing the subject

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FAW.9.04 (Fawcett House)

London School of Economics and Political Science

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'Silencing the subject: Barriers to defendant participation in criminal trials'- Dr Abenaa Owusu-Bempah, Department of Law

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In recent years, there have been significant developments aimed at securing and enhancing the participation of witnesses in criminal trials. Yet, there remains relatively little concern about the fact that many defendants struggle to participate in court.

This presentation will examine the rights of defendants to participate in criminal proceedings, the rationales for such rights, and the barriers to meaningful participation. These barriers include the formality of criminal proceedings and courtroom design, as well as the lack of diversity among legal professionals and over-representation of black people as defendants. It is argued that barriers to meaningful communication between the defendant and the court could be dismantled without great difficulty, but continue to exist because due regard is not given to the rationales for participatory rights and defendant participation.

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Dr Abenaa Owusu-Bempah is Assistant Professor of criminal law and criminal evidence in the Department of Law at the LSE. Her current research focuses on fair trial rights and the participatory role of defendants in criminal proceedings. She is the author of Defendant Participation in the Criminal Process (2017). Abenaa also has expertise in hate crime legislation and the legal process for prosecuting hate crime.

The lecture is part of the Black History Month Lunch and Learn Lecture series by LSE's EmbRace . Bring your own lunch and hear BAME LSE academics from across the School's Departments and Centres talk about their research.

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FAW.9.04 (Fawcett House)

London School of Economics and Political Science

Houghton Street

London

WC2A 2AE

United Kingdom

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