This webinar is the first of three public webinars we are hosting in the lead-up to the 2021 Cumberland Lodge Police Conference, ‘Towards Justice: Law Enforcement & Reconciliation’ in June 2021.
Join us on Wednesday 27 January 2021, from 11.00am GMT, for an examination of how we should address past injustices and historical wrongs in society from a policing and criminal justice perspective.
We are joined by guest panellists:
- CC Simon Bailey QPM (Chief Constable of the Norfolk Constabulary)
- Wendy Williams CBE (Author of the Lessons Learned Review, Windrush Scandal)
- Matthew Scott (Criminal Barrister at Pump Court Chambers)
This discussion is presented by Martina Feilzer, the freelance Research Associate who has been commissioned to support our Towards Justice project and a Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Bangor University.
Towards Justice project
Towards Justice: Law Enforcement & Reconciliation is a nine-month project exploring criminal justice approaches to addressing historical wrongs in the UK; in particular, the role of the police in promoting successful and enduring reconciliation and supporting the pursuit of wider social justice.
We are launching this project with three webinars to set the scene for our summer conference, which will lead to the publication of a summary report with recommendations for policymakers and policing and criminal justice practitioners.
What will we be discussing?
This opening webinar on 'Responding to Past Harms' explores the following questions:
- What are the commonalities and distinctions between different types of past harms?
- Can we distinguish between different types of past harms, or should different harms be considered on a continuum?
- What are the factors that cause a society to address certain past harms and not others?
- What principles should be guiding decision making around whether to pursue an investigation or not (seriousness, solvability, scale, etc)?
- What are the boundaries or limits to the responses to past harms?
- What are the mechanisms for examining past harms and are they fit for purpose?
- How do we collectively decide how to achieve the right balance between dealing with past harms and responding to current threats?
- How do we balance demands for formal sanctions against the desire to just know what happened or to seek a greater understanding of the (a) truth?
This discussion is open to everyone, and supported by our charitable funds. You can join this webinar on Zoom and take part in the live Q&A with our guest panellists, by registering in advance using this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_skuSXujITTKizSSGJLpgmg
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with details of how to join the live discussion.
If you prefer to join without registering, or you want to watch the webinar at a later date, you can watch it on this webpage or our Facebook page, and we will also be taking live questions via Twitter and Facebook.
This short, independent briefing document has been prepared by our freelance Research Associate, Professor Martina Feilzer, to inform discussions at this webinar. It can also be downloaded in PDF format below.
Participants are encouraged to read this briefing in advance, but it will remain on our website to read until our Towards Justice summary report is published, later this year.
Save the date
Please save the date and join us for the next two webinars in the lead-up to our June 2021 residential conference, Towards Justice: Law Enforcement & Reconciliation.
- Insights into Truth & Reconciliation - Wednesday 10 February 2021, 11.00am GMT
- Victim Perspectives on Past Injustices - Thursday 25 February 2021, 11.00am GMT
If you miss any of our webinars, or would like to watch or listen to them again, we publish audio and video recordings on the Read, Watch, Listen pages of this website, shortly after each event. The audio versions can also be found on our SoundCloud channel and all the main podcasting platforms if you search for 'Cumberland Lodge'.
Supporting our work
This webinar is free to attend. Like all charities, Cumberland Lodge is facing difficult times during the current pandemic. If you would like to support our work, please consider making a small donation. You can do so online, via our JustGiving page here.
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