Workshop on Criminalization (September 2010)

September 7 – 8, 2010

Funded in part by the Nathanson Centre, Queen’s University Faculty of Law hosted a Conference on Criminalization in Kingston from September 7-8. This conference brought together leading experts in criminal law theory from across Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom to consider the principles that should guide the process of criminalization. Considering the recent expansion of criminal law in the Canada, the USA and England in the wake of terrorism, gang violence, white collar crimes, the internationalization of crime and the increasing tendency of lawmakers to use the criminal law to regulate daily life, we considered three related questions: what should be criminalized; how should such offences be structured; and how should law enforcement apply these criminal prohibitions?