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Seeing and Treating Neurodiverse Individuals in the Criminal Justice System

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Seeing and Treating Neurodiverse Individuals in the Criminal Justice System

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This project is a 1.5-day hybrid symposium hosted by Hannah Wishart and Kat Langley, co-chairs of the Law, Society and Vulnerable People Hub within the Faculty of Business, Law and Tourism.

Day 1 of the event examines current issues for neurodiverse individuals dealt with in global criminal justice systems worldwide. The papers presented are from established academics, medical experts and practising lawyers who seek to frame these issues and offer proposals for change to improve the treatment of neurodiverse individuals. The event explores distinct legal issues in the criminal justice system for adults, children, and young persons through a neurodiversity lens.

The event seeks to bring interdisciplinary perspectives together in one place to discuss their vulnerability in criminal trials, neurodivergence, ostracism in the criminal justice system, legal assistance in the police station and disability. The event will build upon and add to the existing literature in this field, offering an in-depth examination of the international, albeit similar, challenges faced by neurodiverse individuals within the sphere of global criminal justice. With contributions from the USA, New Zealand, Europe, Africa and the United Kingdom, speakers will problematise what it is like for neurodiverse individuals in the police station, at trial, sentencing, custody and community.

 

This project is a 1.5-day hybrid symposium hosted by Hannah Wishart and Kat Langley, co-chairs of the Law, Society and Vulnerable People Hub within the Faculty of Business, Law and Tourism.

Day 1 of the event examines current issues for neurodiverse individuals dealt with in global criminal justice systems worldwide. The papers presented are from established academics, medical experts and practising lawyers who seek to frame these issues and offer proposals for change to improve the treatment of neurodiverse individuals. The event explores distinct legal issues in the criminal justice system for adults, children, and young persons through a neurodiversity lens.
The event seeks to bring interdisciplinary perspectives together in one place to discuss their vulnerability in criminal trials, neurodivergence, ostracism in the criminal justice system, legal assistance in the police station and disability. The event will build upon and add to the existing literature in this field, offering an in-depth examination of the international, albeit similar, challenges faced by neurodiverse individuals within the sphere of global criminal justice. With contributions from the USA, New Zealand, Europe, Africa and the United Kingdom, speakers will problematise what it is like for neurodiverse individuals in the police station, at trial, sentencing, custody and community.


9:15am – 10:15
Keynote – Rt Hon Sir Robert Buckland, Former Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice


10:20am – 11.45
Stream 1 – Pre-trial
· Dr Tom Smith (University of West England)
· Dr Helen Williams (University of Sunderland)
· Dr Amy Pearson (University of Sunderland/Durham)


11.45 – 12.30
Lunch


12.30 – 13.50
Stream 2 –Trial and sentencing
· Matthew McCallion (Queens University Belfast)
· Dr Laura Janes (Legal Aid Practitioners' Group, Hammersmith and Fulham Law Centre, Association of Prison Lawyers)
· Dr Hannah Wishart (University of Sunderland)


13.50 – 14.10
Coffee Break


14.10 – 15.40
Stream 3 – Custody and Community
· Dr Colleen Berryessa (Rutgers University)
· Sarah Connelly (University of Sunderland)
· Professor Mark Henaghan (University of Auckland)


15:40-16:40
Future Reform Panel and Q&A
· Dr Gavin Dingwall (Sentencing Academy)
· Professor Penney Lewis, Law Commissioner
· Chief Inspector Jon Tapper (Cleveland Police)


16:40-17:00
Closing Remarks