Conference: Communicating Justice?

Developing Emotionally Intelligent Criminal Justice

Tuesday 10th October 2017


Venue: Strathclyde University


Can Scotland achieve a more rational and progressive approach to criminal justice? The evidence has long-pointed towards the more targeted use of imprisonment, a joined up system of criminal and social justice, and improved resourcing of community penalties and community services. Yet the key policy road-block to rational and progressive policy is the fear of looking ‘soft’ in the eyes of the public. People can feel let down by and angry with a system that appears sterile and uninterested in allowing those affected to express themselves. Is there any of way out of this quandary?

This national conference brings together key decision-makers, policy officials and practitioners from across the justice system, as well as those with a direct experience of the system to challenge themselves, learn, discuss and debate.

Key questions include:

  • Can we develop an emotionally-intelligent approach which is also rational and progressive?
  • Is it possible for criminal justice to be both efficient and communicate meaningfully with victims and offenders?
  • How should the lessons from problem-solving courts and justice be harnessed ?
  • What can more emotionally-intelligent criminal justice offer practitioners? How can practitioners contribute to change?

Join Leading International and National Speakers Include:

  • In the Chair: Sheriff Alistair Duff (Director of the Judicial Institute)
  • Greg Berman (Director of the Center for Court Innovation, New York, USA)
  • Prof Sharyn Roach Anleu (Flinders University, Australia)
  • Julian Adler (Director of Research-Practice Strategies, New York, USA)
  • Karyn McCluskey (Chief Executive, Community Justice Scotland)
  • James Docherty (Violence Reduction Unit, Police Scotland)
  • Dr Fiona Jamieson (University of Edinburgh, Scotland)
  • Prof Cyrus Tata (University of Strathclyde, Scotland)


Image: Greg Berman (Director of the Center for Court Innovation, New York, USA)

All Welcome. Thanks to funding, there is no charge to attend the Conference, but places are limited.

To Book your Place:

Funded by Scottish Universities Insight Institute and allied to the Developing Restorative Justice in Scotland programme