All Souls played host on 15-16 September 2011 to a major inter-disciplinary workshop organized by Professor Andrew Ashworth, Professor Lucia Zedner and Dr Patrick Tomlin as part of their three-year AHRC research project ‘on Preventive Justice. ’ This project aims to re-assess the foundations for the range of coercive measures that states now take in the name of crime prevention and public protection.

The main objective of the project is to develop an account of the principles and values that should guide and limit the state’s use of preventive techniques that involve coercion. Papers were given by Carol Steiker (Harvard), Douglas Husak (Rutgers), Markus Dubber (Toronto), Antony Duff (Stirling and Minnesota), Victor Tadros (Warwick), Pat O’Malley (Sydney) and Bernard Harcourt (Chicago), followed by observations from commentators and general debate among the invited audience. The discussions were genuinely inter-disciplinary among law, philosophy and criminology.