Webinar Roundup: Recent Appearances by CrimSL Faculty

May 7, 2021 by Cate MacLeod

April 27th: #RefugeeSponsorshipColloquium​: The Role of Sponsors with Professor Audrey Macklin

Sponsors are fundamental to refugee sponsorship. Drawing upon research and experience from several countries, this session will examine key questions relating to that role, including: - What motivates people to become sponsors? - What sustains sponsor involvement over time? - What practical and ethical challenges arise in relation to the role of sponsors, and how can these be addressed? - Does the role and experience of sponsors vary across different programs and countries? Presenters Audrey Macklin, University of Toronto; Leonie Ansems de Vries, King's College London; Inka Stock, Bielefeld University; Bekele Woyecha, UK Welcomes Refugees and moderator Patti Lenard, University of Ottawa/

April 28th: LSA Book Launch Webinar: "The Routledge Handbook of Law and Society" with Professor Emerita Mariana Valverde


The event featured speakers who each contributed to the handbook and addressed the following question: What does law and society scholarship have to say about justice and contemporary inequality, and what is it not saying?

About the Handbook: "The Routledge Handbook of Law and Society" provides a comprehensive and truly global overview of the main approaches and themes within law and society scholarship or sociolegal studies. The book is a one-volume introduction to academic resources and ideas that are relevant for today's debates on issues from reproductive justice to climate justice, food security, water conflicts, artificial intelligence, and global financial transactions. The book is divided into two sections. The first includes 10 substantive essays on contemporary critical perspectives and approaches. The second and largest section of the book (42 short pieces) presents reflections on topics or areas concerning law, justice, and society that are inherently interdisciplinary and are relevant to current – but also classical – struggles around justice. The authors were carefully chosen to achieve a diverse and non-Eurocentric view of sociolegal studies.

April 30th: What Makes Police Reform and Police Reform Movements Successful? | LSE IDEAS Online Event with Associate Professor Matthew Light

"2020 saw mass protests against police violence in the US, Colombia, Nigeria and Indonesia, amongst other contexts. But when considering what to do about it, those interested in reform are confronted with a weak evidence-base on effective measures to reduce police violence. This leaves a prominent and unanswered question – how do you actually reform the police? In this webinar, Matthew Light brings a comparative-politics perspective, looking at the broader factors which impact reform. Jyoti Belur speaks about the challenges and barriers to police reform in India. Cathy Lisa Schneider discusses the role of social movements such as the Black Lives Matter in police reform in the US. Ziyanda Stuurman presents her perspectives based on her research on policing in Brazil and South Africa."