Research Seminars, Public Lectures and Conferences

Annual Programme 2017-18

Week starting

Wednesdays 1.10 - 2pm

Elystan Morgan Building 1.20

(unless stated otherwise)

Thursdays 1.10 -2pm

Elystan Morgan Building 1.21

(unless stated otherwise)

25 Sept

Ann Sherlock "The Older People’s Commissioners in Wales and Northern Ireland: a comparative study"

My research project involves a comparative study of the Older People’s Commissioners in Wales and in Northern Ireland. While there has been a good deal of academic consideration of Children’s Commissioners in the UK and beyond, the more novel office of Older People’s Commissioner has received much less attention. The overall project being conducted examines a number of aspects concerning these Commissioners, including their role in dealing with individual requests for assistance and their place within the administrative justice system, and their impact on policy development. However, this seminar will focus on the establishment and governance aspects of the offices. In particular, it will raise the question of how the independence of the Commissioners may be secured while still ensuring an appropriate level of accountability. Examining the Commissioners in two jurisdictions within the UK provides an excellent opportunity to demonstrate the relevance of the political contexts in which they operate.

2 Oct

Wednesday 4 October

Ffion Llewelyn   ‘There’s no Place like Home’: Location and Self-defence

The law of self-defence in England and Wales has evolved to provide enhanced protection in householder cases. The implementation of section 43 of the Crime and Courts Act 2013 permits the possible interpretation of ‘disproportionate force’ as ‘reasonable force’. This legislative reform presents interpretative challenges. While the case of R (on the application of Collins) v Secretary of State for Justice [2016] EWHC 33 (Admin) provides clarification regarding the intention behind the householder provision, it leaves much to be desired with regard to assessing the gradient of proportionality which operates within the ‘reasonable force’ test. This paper explores the interpretation of these terms by the court, and the subsequent affirmation of the approach taken in the case of R v Ray (Steven Jason) [2017] EWCA Crim 1391. It is argued that this was a missed opportunity to remove the layers of uncertainty surrounding the householder provision, and that greater consideration is necessary with regard to the role of ‘proportionality’ as a key indicator of reasonableness.


9 Oct

Wednesday 11 October

Uta Kohl  "Territory in the Information Age"

Territories do not exist. Terrain does. Mountains, woods, meadows, lakes, rivers and even towns and villages are real, but a ‘territory’ is a fiction, albeit a powerful one. ‘Territory’ is a social construct that fulfills political and economic purposes at a given time and place. From a historical perspective, it is only relatively recently that the rise of the territorial nation state has normalized and naturalized the notion of territory as a key ‘fact’ in the international and national legal orders. Against the background of the ‘territorial age’ in the 19th and 20th century where the notion of ‘state territory’ was useful for legitimizing control over physical resources, particularly in the context of colonial (territorial) expansion, this paper explores the role and usefulness of the concept in the 21st century information age, when it is information or data that has become the most valuable resource. Data is not dug up in mines, sourced from wells or grown on fields, and yet, the imaginary lines that are drawn around and indeed ‘create’ territories appear to be as powerful as ever. But are they?


16 Oct


Wednesday 18 October

Chris Harding  "A British Legend Cast as a War Criminal: Atrocity and the erasure of memory as imagined in Kazuo Ishiguro’s Buried Giant"

This discussion bases itself on a suggested framework for the investigation and explanation of atrocity offending,  emphasising the primacy of biological and psychological factors in explaining and understanding such offending, and then considering the significance of memory, and the erasure of memory, in relation to the commission of atrocity and its aftermath. It is argued that atrocity springs from natural human tendencies towards violence, aggression, hostility and suspicion towards others, and that such tendencies are moderated by ethical, social and political calculation. External circumstances, involving economic, environmental and cultural factors may act as the triggers of violence, hostility and aggression. Bearing in mind this frame of reference and discussion, it is instructive then to examine the role of memory and its erasure in both the commission and the resolution of atrocity, as both a stimulus of extreme and systematic violence and as a subsequent route to resolution, so testing the strategy of ‘forgive and forget’. The main part of the discussion will take as an example the fictional imagining of atrocity in post-Roman Britain presented in Kazuo Ishiguro’s recent work, The Buried Giant (2015).

Reimagining a legendary war hero as a war criminal (and Merlin as well), a good dose of magic realism, and the virtues of both remembering and forgetting. Or: inventing ‘magic realist criminology’.

23 Oct



30 Oct

Wednesday 1 November EM 2.50

Richard Ireland "A History of the Law (and Criminology!) in One Hundred Objects”

This seminar will address the process of the presentation of research. Drawing on an extensive personal archive of manuscripts, pictures and artefacts, the various contrasting ways of constructing a narrative to expound research findings will be examined. Members of the seminar will be able to handle the materials whilst learning how, for example, a coin can explain Land Law, or a painting can document the “penal revolution” of the 18th and 19th centuries.


6 Nov

Thursday 9 November

Sarah Wydall  "Homicide begins at fifty – an introduction to domestic homicide in England and Wales"

The prevalence of domestic homicide rates are increasing for those aged fifty and over. Recent Safe Lives data in England and Wales suggests 33% of recorded domestic homicides occur in the 50 years and over age-groups. This paper provides an introduction to the literature on this phenomena; risk factors, both individual and societal, trajectory and aftermath. The paper will also provide some reflections on the value of current domestic homicide reviews, detailing the strengths and limitations of current policy.

13 Nov

Wednesday 15 November EM2.50

Rsyzard Piotrowicz   “Law in Action in Azerbaijan: Ministers, Lawyers, Political Prisoners and Weird Gifts. Just Don’t Mention Armenia”


 20 Nov

Thursday 23 November

Kerry Lewis "A Critique of the Centralisation of Welsh Inshore Fisheries Management"

... with some recommendations for change, presenting my contributions to a report (not yet published) led by Alan Terry from UWE, with input from Blaise Bullimore (Marine Ecologist).


27 Nov Marco Odello


4 Dec

Lowri Cunnington Wynn

11 Dec

Ola Olusanya

18 Dec  Christmas  
25 Dec  Christmas  
1 Jan  Christmas  
8 Jan


15 Jan

Sofia Cavandoli

Friday, 19 January 2018: 

Law and Criminology Festival

22 Jan

Brendan Coyle

29 Jan

Glenys Williams

5 Feb

Naomi Salmon


12 Feb

Tuesday, 13 February, 6pm, International Politics Main Hall

Professor Leighton Andrews, Cardiff University

Public Lecture"Facebook, the Media and Democracy"

organised by Aberystwyth Law School and the Global Communication Research Centre


 Catrin Huws
19 Feb  Ruth Atkins  
26 Feb  David Poyton  
5 March  Anel Marais  
12 March  Alan Clarke  
19 March  John Williams  
26 March  Easter


2 April  Easter  
9 April


16 April

 PhD students

 23 April  PhD students  
 30 April  PhD students  
7 May  PhD students  
14 May    
21 May    
28 May    
 4 June


11 June


18 June    
25 June    

Archive of Law School Research Seminars

Archive of Law School Research Seminars