Gerald Gordon Seminar on Criminal Law

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 2009-2016 seminars can be found on this site.

The ninth seminar was held at the University of Glasgow on Tuesday 13 June 2017, from 11am until 6pm. The following papers were presented:

  • Professor Peter Alldridge (Queen Mary, University of London): "The fall and rise of forfeiture"
  • Jacob Bronsther (LSE): "A social defence theory of punishment"
  • Dr Kevin Brown (Queen’s University Belfast): "The governance of public space: excluding unpopular minorities through public space protection orders"
  • Ilona Cairns (University of Aberdeen): "Family relationships and the proposed criminalisation of domestic abuse in Scotland"
  • Professor Ester Herlin-Karnell (University of Amsterdam): "EU preventive regulation and the idea of criminal law"
  • Dr Genevieve Lennon (University of Strathclyde): "Policing human rights"
  • Professor Lucia Zedner (University of Oxford): "Due process as safeguard by and from the state"

Details of the tenth seminar will be posted on this site later in 2017. In the meantime, any questions may be directed to