Speakers announced: Socially distanced justice webinars

Thursday, 14 May 2020

We're pleased to announce further details on three webinars looking at ongoing changes to criminal justice administration in light of responses to COVID-19.

In partnership with the Open University, the webinars will look specifically at criminal justice in relation to lockdowns, social distancing and the use of digital technologies.

Webinar 1, Thursday 4 June, 9.00 - 10.30am (Watch event video)

The focus will be on the changes, practical challenges, and unintended consequences of instituting social distancing in various criminal justice settings. 


  • Jon Collins, Magistrates Association
  • Pippa Goodfellow, Standing Committee for Youth Justice
  • John Podmore, former prison governor
  • Fergus McNeill, University of Glasgow

Webinar 2, Thursday 11 June, 9.00 - 10.30am (Watch event video)

This session will explore the political dimensions to the COVID-19 changes, and the implications for criminal justice. 


  • John Pratt, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
  • Mary Corcoran, Keele University
  • Leandro Ayres França, Faculdade Estácio Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre

Webinar 3, Thursday 18 June, 9.00 - 10.30am (Registration closed)

The third and final webinar will be considering the longer-term implications, and how a positive legacy for criminal justice might be achieved.


  • Vera Baird DBE QC, Independent Victims’ Commissioner for England and Wales
  • Adam Elliott-Cooper, University of Greenwich and Board Member of The Monitoring Group
  • Kathy Evans, Children England
  • Liz Fekete, Institute of Race Relations
  • Lachlan Stuart, former advisor to Rt Hon Jeremy Corbyn MP