‘Domination, privacy and the intrusive state’ – Seminar with Andrew Roberts, 27 November 2013

27 November 2013, 1pm, Room AG06, College Building

The new Centre for Crime and Justice Research has an exciting series of seminars this academic year.

 The first talk will be Andrew Roberts from the University of Melbourne will be presenting on “Domination, Privacy, and the Intrusive State”.


Recent revelations concerning the extent to which the intelligence services in Western democratic states have been interfering with the privacy of citizens have had a paradoxical effect. The justification for indiscriminate collection and retention of emails, the content of social media sites, internet browsing histories, mobile phone data, and so on, is that it will keep us safe from those who wish to harm us. But it seems that the revelations have an unsettling effect. Far from engendering a sense of security, they bring home to us, just how vulnerable we are, and how contingent our freedom is. I want to suggest in this paper that such concerns are captured by the republican idea of domination. I will argue that grounding our ideas of the value of privacy in the republican conception of freedom as non-domination provides an effective way of articulating the significant harm to which indiscriminate surveillance by the state gives rise.

About the speaker

Andrew Roberts joined Melbourne Law School in 2011. He was previously an Associate Professor in the School of Law  at the University of Warwick, and before that a lecturer in the Law School at the University of Leeds. His research interests lie in criminal procedure and evidence. He is a co-author of Identification: Investigation, Trial and Scientific Evidence, the second edition of which was published in 2011 and is currently undertaking doctoral research at Leiden University. His thesis uses republican political theory as a framework for thinking about privacy issues that arise at various stages of the criminal process.

Andrew is Case Note Editor and a member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Evidence and Proof. In 2009 he was a Visiting Senior Fellow in the School of Law at the University of New South Wales. In 2013, he will be a visiting scholar in the Law School at City University London, and in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Amsterdam.

About the Centre

The Centre for Crime and Justice Research serves as a focal point for criminal justice and criminological research at City University London. Reflecting its interdisciplinary approach, the CCJR includes members from The City Law School and the Department of Sociology.



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