Gerald Gordon Seminar on Criminal Law

On the 11th and 12th of June 2009, a two day seminar, followed by a public lecture by Lord Hope of Craighead, was held in honour of Sir Gerald Gordon CBE QC LLD. A Festschrift, Essays in Criminal Law in Honour of Sir Gerald Gordon, was published the following year.

Following the success of this event, a decision was taken to establish the Gerald Gordon Seminar on Criminal Law as an annual generalist criminal law seminar. These seminars have been supported by the Clark Foundation for Legal Education and the Faculty of Advocates, while the 2009 public lecture received additional support from W. Green. Full details of the 2009-2023 seminars can be found on this site. No seminar took place in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The fifteenth seminar will take place on Thursday 6 June 2024 at the University of Glasgow campus (10.45-17.30), when the following speakers will present:

  • Professor Vanessa Bettinson (Northumbria): Public perceptions on using self-defence in domestic abuse cases
  • Dr Jay Gormley (Glasgow): The evolution of sentencing
  • Dr Kate Leader (Queen Mary): Defendants as victims: do we need a new general defence for victims of coercion or exploitation who offend?
  • Lucy MacKay (Glasgow Caledonian): 'A lifelong project of being harmed': a closer look at age and criminalising misogynistic harassment in Scotland
  • Dan McManus (Glasgow): Direct measures and their original justifications
  • Dr David Prendergast (Trinity College Dublin): The difference between recklessness and negligence
  • Dr Andrew Tickell (Glasgow Caledonian): Redesigning reporting restrictions in the age of social media

Attendance is free but spaces are limited and registration (via Bookitbee) is required. Any questions can be directed to