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Prisons: The Rule of Law, Accountability, and Rights. A one-day Conference exploring Prison Oversight.

Prisons: The Rule of Law, Accountability and Rights (PRILA) is a project, funded by the European Research Council, which explores prison oversight. It pays particular attention to prison inspection and monitoring, complaints systems, and access to the courts. PRILA examines the legal frameworks for prison oversight, the structures for oversight which exist in Europe, and the lived experiences of people in prison, prison staff, and staff of oversight bodies of such work.

PRILA is hosting a one-day conference at the Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland on Thursday, November 26 2020, which will bring together scholars, practitioners, people with lived experience, NGOs, policymakers, and oversight bodies to explore key issues in prison oversight. Drawing on qualitative and quantitative work conducted across Europe, the conference will provide an opportunity to discuss PRILA’s research findings on matters including:

  • 1. How people in prison experience prison oversight
  • 2. How prison staff experience in prison oversight
  • 3. The types of structures for prison inspection and monitoring in the EU + UK, their activities, and powers
  • 4. How a visit from the CPT is experienced by a prison.
  • Confirmed speakers for the event are:

  • Professor Sonja Snacken - more info here
  • Professor Valerie Jenness - more info here
  • Dr. Jamie Bennett - more info here
  • Professor Nicola Padfield - more info here
  • Dr. Ian Cameron - more info here
  • Patricia Gilheaney - Inspector of Prisons - more info here
  • Professor Tom Daems - more info here
  • To register for this lecture, please reserve your place via our Eventbrite page here.

    Three bursaries covering travel (up to a maximum of €500), accommodation for the duration of the conference, and meals will be provided for early career researchers (PhD students/ postdoctoral scholars). To register your interest in such a bursary, please contact prila at tcd.ie. Information on the application process for a bursary will be made available in the coming weeks.