Abstract: Despite the obstinate survival of symbols and rituals which spell continuity and stability – the wigs and gowns, to name a few – the criminal justice system has changed dramatically over the last five decades. Institutional practices, the demographic makeup of its clientele and of those running the everyday life of the criminal courts, and the very matters that fill court time and spaces all have been touched and significantly affected by broader social changes -the most important one that of migration and hyper-diversity. As court managers and practitioners struggle to find their feet amid the fluidity, complexity and fragmentation brought about by globalization and mass migration, there is a pressing demand for criminological knowledge to make sense of these developments and their implications for the criminal justice system. And yet acute questions might be raised about the fitness of the discipline to provide the intellectual tools to meet that demand. This paper will reflect on how the vernacular institution par excellence addresses the challenges thrown by globalization.

About the speaker: Ana Aliverti is Assistant Professor and joined Warwick in August 2013. She holds a D.Phil. in Law (Oxford, 2011), an MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice (Distinction, Oxford, 2008), an MA in Sociology of Law (IISL, 2005) and a BA in Law (Honours, Buenos Aires, 2002). Before joining Warwick, she worked as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in the Centre for Criminology at the University of Oxford, and as Stipendiary Lecturer in Criminal Law at Wadham College, Oxford, having previously taught criminal law and criminology courses at Oxford and Buenos Aires. She practiced international human rights law as staff attorney at the Center for Justice and International Law in San Jose, Costa Rica, and Washington DC, US. Ana is also a Research Associate at the Centre for Criminology, Oxford, and a researcher associated to Border Criminologies. She will serve in the editorial board of the Howard Journal of Crime and Justice from January 2016.