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DMU academic to address senior judges in Ireland

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EXPERT: Prof Estella Baker

Expert on European sentencing law and respected De Montfort University (DMU) academic, Professor Estella Baker, has been asked to address a meeting of senior judges, politicians and policy-makers in Dublin.

The lecture has been organised to tie in with Ireland’s Presidency of the EU, which it holds for the first six months of 2013. It will be chaired by the Irish Chief Justice, Susan Denham, and is being hosted by the Steering Committee of the Irish Sentencing Information System project (ISIS). The aim of the project is to establish a database and website that will provide guidance to Irish courts in sentencing offenders.

Prof Baker's paper, 'The emerging relevance of EU law to sentencing', will give a broad overview of the EU’s sentencing law to date. It will also discuss some potential implications for sentencing policy and practice in Ireland, including the ISIS project.

The event has been timed to coincide with a meeting of the European Society of Criminology's Sentencing and Penal Decision-Making Group, members of which will also be in the audience. The Group draws together approximately 60 academic scholars from across Europe who are experts in the field of sentencing. Prof Baker will be acting as its representative when she gives her presentation.

Prof Baker, who is the only speaker at the event on April 18, said: “It's not every day that opportunities come along to contribute to an event that is chaired by the Chief Justice of a neighbouring jurisdiction, or to give a presentation on behalf of a distinguished body of colleagues from across Europe.”

 

Posted on Monday 15th April 2013

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