Turning the lens: Researching sentencers

Empirical research on sentencing (ERoS) annual conference

Ljubljana, 3 & 4 September 2020

The third annual conference of the ERoS community of researchers will take place in Ljubljana on September 3 & 4th. The meeting will be an opportunity to share experience, opinions, and knowledge on sentencing research and foster informal relationships among researchers interested in the topic, with the particular aim of bringing together researchers from various jurisdictions and sentencing systems.

We are taking into consideration the organisation of the conference in light of the situation around the world surrounding the coronavirus pandemic. Generally, we are continuing with preparations and planning for a meeting in September. We are still accepting submissions for presentations! However, we will take further decisions regarding the conference format in April and see whether a meeting in person will be possible or some sort of virtual meeting will be preferable. We will keep you updated!

We welcome paper proposals on sentencing in a broader sense. This year’s focus will be the role of the authority making a sentencing decision, be it a single judge, a panel of judges, a magistrate court, a parole board, a social worker, the prosecution, or any other body making relevant sentencing decisions in your jurisdiction and your research. The various strands of discussion within this broader theme may include but are not limited to issues of disparities, prejudice and stereotyping, the decision-making process, the burden of the position, self-awareness and professional culture and so on. The conveners will strive to compound a programme containing a mixture of different approaches to sentencing research, including quantitative, qualitative, or mixed empirical methods.

Papers are welcome from any jurisdiction, and from applicants of any level and any affiliation, including doctoral students, independent scholars, and researchers in government institutions or the voluntary and community sector.

To submit a paper, please send a paper title and an abstract (max. 250 words) to mojca.plesnicar@pf.uni-lj.si by 31st May 2020.

Registration and costs

There is no registration fee. To register, please email Mojca Plesničar at the address above. Participants will be expected to cover their own travel and accommodation expenses.