Symposium: Ageing and New Media
- A/Prof Christa Lykke Christensen (University of Copenhagen)
- Dr Mireia Fernández-Ardèvol (Open University of Catalonia)
- A/Prof Elaine Ho (National University of Singapore)
- Prof Joytsna Kalavar (Pennsylvania State University)
- A/Prof Leng Leng Thang, Family & Population Research and Head of Department of Japanese Studies, National University of Singapore
- Prof Helen Manchester (Public Health, University of Bristol)
‘Law and Emotions in Sentencing’ – Discussion Forum
Friday 1 December 2017
Details of the exact time and venue for the Discussion Forum will be provided closer to the date.
The UWA Law School is convening a discussion forum on Law and Emotion in Sentencing in collaboration with the ARC Centre for the History of Emotions and the Institute of Advanced Studies at UWA. Lawyers, participants in the sentencing process and researchers and scholars from disciplines including criminology, sociology, history and law will be invited to share their experiences and views.
As a legal process, sentencing is associated with an objective enquiry which seeks to distance itself from emotion. However, victim impact statements, expressions of remorse by offenders, the use of psychological assessments in the courtroom and the reporting of sentencing in the media challenge this perception of objectivity. Perspectives from the administration of justice, law, history, the social sciences and psychology will be presented by a panel of invited speakers offering these perspectives through a facilitated discussion.
The aim of the forum is to discuss and reflect upon the role which emotion plays in sentencing people who have been convicted of a crime, to identify the emotions associated with sentencing and how these are currently manifested and taken into account by the law. It will provide an opportunity to reflect on historical accounts, to share the experiences of participants in the process, to discuss ways that emotions in sentencing can be managed and the role that the media plays in constructing public perceptions of the sentencing process and emotions.
Details of the main TASA 2017 social events can be viewed here.