The Centre’s director Richard Garside spoke at an ESRC-funded seminar on ‘ Regulation and criminal justice’. He was responding to a paper by Professor. A selection of Louk Hulsman’s writings published in English · Read more about A selection of Louk Hulsman’s writings published in English. Louk Hulsman, Penal Abolitionism and Surprising Routes. Author(s). Salete Oliveira. Related publication: Penal Abolitionism: Papers from the Penal Law.

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My last post made reference to Louk Hulsman. Many readers may not have heard of Louk, an activist and scholar lou died last year. Andrea Beckmann wrote this obituary in Criminal Justice Matters. The Rotterdam penal law and criminology professor emeritus Louk Hulsman died on 28 January at the age of He was, apart from Nils Christie and Thomas Mathiesen, one of the most important penal abolitionists worldwide. In the Netherlands, Louk is regarded as the founder of liberal drugs policy as his influential work and stance contributed significantly to the alteration of the Opium Act in His most influential publications include the Report on Decriminalisation Council of Europe, and Peines perdues.

Le systeme penal en question written together with Jacqueline Bernat de Celis, He is perhaps most well known for ‘Critical criminology and the concept of crime’ which was first published in and has been widely reproduced since. Louk was born in Kerkrade in and, after attending boarding school and the St.

Bernadis Gymnasium, he became active in the resistance to Nazi Germany’s occupation of his country. In return for his brave activism he was interned in the concentration camp in Amersfoort. He managed to escape and continued to work in the resistance. It is perhaps these early experiences that made Louk profoundly question the legitimacy of penal law, of state authority as well as the meaningfulness of the category of ‘crime’ as he kept reminding us hu,sman an awful lot of things were and are categorised as ‘criminal’ but that this does not say anything about their wrongness or indeed their harmfulness.

Louk worked as a civil servant in Dutch defence and justice administrations during the s. Louk Hulsman always engaged in a critical manner with the state e. He continued his important work with worldwide lectures, workshops and seminar engagements that stimulated critical reflections and further developed alternative hulsmn to the hegemonic belief systems that govern much of the fields of law, criminology, the media and often strongly impact on public opinion.


He also acted as the Netherland’s representative on the European Committee on Crime Problems of the Council of Europe in the s and was once again an important and outspoken influence at last year’s Cannabis Tribunal in The Hague.

He contributed to the development of European common study programmes on drug policy and critical huldman with Frederick McClintock and Stephan Quenselpreparing the ground for the Erasmus and Sokrates programmes within the European Union. He thus facilitated the development of new generations of critical criminological scholarship within Europe and worldwide.

Louk’s important contribution was fundamentally interdependent with his extraordinary personality. He embodied and lived the humanistic, open and eclectic core of abolitionist thought that takes care to be sensitive to the hulsmah, situational and personal interpretations of ‘lived experiences’ as they are defined by people. In the current context of ‘penal overkill’ that characterises so many societies, it is important to re-appreciate the anascopic ‘from the bottom up’ stance and associated practices that lie at the heart of Louk’s life-work.

Louk was also a close friend who is now sadly missed by many, who was a genuinely cosmopolitan and warm hearted person, who enjoyed being with people, in nature and to be in the midst of life itself.

Louk lohk to be an inspiration for the ongoing struggle of challenging the very hulsmna of legitimising systems of coercion that generate harm and suffering and to value and practice solidarity. His legacy as a pedagogue lies certainly within the tradition of critical pedagogy as Giroux argued: Louk fulfilled this task as a critical criminologist.

This video allows you to listen to Louk talk:. Posted by John Moore at Newer Post Older Post Home. Social Harm Theory -v- Criminology. This post is huleman on a paper I delivered at the University of Wales, Newport in I am delivering a modified version at the University Boy George, Malcolm McLaren and the dangers of asbestos.

Drug Policy Harm Part Two: McLibel – McDonald’s failed attempt to silence campaigners highlighting their unethical behaviour. Lok is the 13th Anniversary of the ending of the Mclibel case. Appeal re missing MPS Taser. Spotted this press release from the Met Appeal re missing MPS Taser Police are appealing for the assistance of the public in finding a Drug Policy Harm Part Four: Please note this paper was drafted April and has hulsmaj been updated Continued from Drug Policy Harm Part Three: The Failure to Regu Mephedrone, plant food and occasional drug is to be banned by Home Secretary, Alan Johnson, on the advice of the Committee of Scientists The Failure to Regulate.


Drug Policy Harm Part Five: Drug Policy Harms Part Four: Simply the best Whose terrorism? The F-Word lohk blog: January – It’s the final Friday in December, you never want to see a Christmas pudding again.

Local news and home security companies have been trumpeting mark Films of the Year – Somewhat belatedly because I am abroadthis huldman my annual list of films I’ve watched in and, in keeping with the close of every year sinceit’ Ironic for a Ben Gunn…. For much of my time in prison I had the luxury of a stable, foundational set of ideas and Addressing the prevention of prison liuk and self-harm – At last, people are recognising that custody by itself fails to reduce offending behaviour.

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