Crime, Justice and the Liberalism of Fear

Free Public Lecture

Theatre 230
Kwong Lee Dow Building
234 Queensberry Street


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T: 9035 6909

What does it mean to identify as a ‘liberal’ in recent controversies about crime control?

In this public lecture Professor Ian Loader will take this question as his point of departure and explore how ‘the liberalism of fear’ has contested the politics of criminal justice over the past few decades. As part of his project to create a ‘better politics of crime’, Professor Loader will question what elements of this protectionist ideology should be retained, adapted, or discarded altogether. In the aftermath of Brexit and Donald Trump’s election, this kind of ideological appraisal is more necessary than ever.


  • Professor Ian Loader
    Professor Ian Loader, Professor of Criminology and Professorial Fellow of All Souls College