Inaugural Lecture and Launch of the School of Law
Professor Nick Hardwick CBE (Outgoing Chief Inspector of Prisons) – The ‘good prison’ redefined
At the end of 2015, the UN General Assembly is expected to adopt the Mandela Rules or ‘United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners’ to give them their formal title. Today, the Mandela Rules are the most important development in prison standards for half a century and set new operational and ethical standards fit for our time. Nick Hardwick will consider both historic and international examples to reflect on the importance of the new rules and, at the end of his term as Chief Inspector of Prisons in England and Wales, use his experience to examine how far prisons in England and Wales measure up and to insist on the changes necessary to ensure that they do.
In February 2016 Nick Hardwick takes up a permanent role as Professor of Criminal Justice in the School of Law at Royal Holloway, University of London.
Introduction by Professor Paul Layzell (Principal, RHUL):
Vote of Thanks by Professor Rosie Meek (Head of the School of Law, RHUL):