4-6 December 2024 | Ōtautahi Christchurch | Aotearoa New Zealand

Keynote speakers

Thank you to our current keynote speakers. More to be announced soon.

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Dylan Asafo

Fuimaono Dylan Asafo is a senior lecturer in the University of Auckland’s Faculty of Law. He is from the villages of Salani, Satalo, Siumu, Moata’a, and Leufisa in Samoa. His research and teaching focuses on anti-colonial and anti-racist approaches to the law, and his key areas of interest include police and prison abolition and restorative justice. He is currently co-leading a research project looking into Pacific peoples’ experiences with restorative justice services in Aotearoa New Zealand which is being funded by the Michael & Suzanne Borrin Foundation.

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Abi Dymond

Abi Dymond is an Associate Professor in Criminology at the University of Exeter, UK, where her research focuses on the use of force by the police and in places of detention. She is the author of Electric-shock weapons, Tasers and Policing: Myths and Realities (Routledge, 2022) which won the Policing Book Prize from the European Society of Criminology’s Policing Working Group. She also engages impact activities both in the UK (advising the National Police Chief’s Council, College of Policing, the Independent Office of Police Conduct and Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of the Constabulary) and internationally (working with UN Special Rapporteurs, the UN Prevention of Torture Subcommittee, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, and the OSCE, amongst others) for which she was awarded the ESRC Celebrating Impact Award.

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Rob White


Emeritus Distinguished Professor of Criminology
School of Social Sciences, University of Tasmania, Australia

Rob White's research and practice addresses harms pertaining to the voiceless and marginalised as well as promoting social and ecological justice. An eco-justice framework that incorporates environmental justice (humans), ecological justice (ecosystems) and species justice (non-human animals, and plants) has been at the centre of his socio-legal analyses of biodiversity loss, climate change, ecocide, and other forms of environmental crime. White's contributions to juvenile justice and prisoner rehabilitation have included conceptual elaboration and critique, advocacy of restorative interventions, and the development of and support for innovative projects, programs and strategies designed to address social inequalities, structural harms, and victim/offender conundrums.

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Layla Skinns

Layla Skinns is a Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice and the Director of the Centre for Criminological Research, in the School of Law at the University of Sheffield, UK. A key focus of her research is the use and misuse of police powers, particularly in police detention, in England and Wales and other parts of the Anglophone world and how one researches the police institution. Over the last 15 years, she has led large police custody research projects, including the ESRC-funded 'good' police custody study. She has published widely in the field of policing and criminal justice, most recently including Police powers and Citizens' rights (Routledge, 2019) and Criminal Justice (Oxford University Press, 2021).