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The Criminalisation of Safety Deficiencies in Europe

Tuesday 7 December 2021

This seminar, organised by the Centre of Expertise Global Governance and the Institute of Security and Global Affairs, Leiden University, critically engages with the relationship between safety and crime to enhance discourse on the criminalisation of safety deficiencies in Europe. While, having been traditionally treated as separate topics, the relationship between safety and crime has received increased attention and demands analysis.
Such examination will be conducted by the seminar’s speakers, Steve Tombs (Open University), Anne Alvesalo-Kuusi (University of Turku) and Gabriele Landucci (University of Pisa).

Each speaker will deliver a presentation which reflects on the theme of this seminar and challenge the rationale behind the criminalisation, or in some cases, the decriminalisation of safety practices, how such practices can be policed and punished, and how the implementation of such acknowledges the human component of safety.



13:45 – 14:00 hrs. (CEST) Welcome  
14:00 – 14:30 hrs. 'The de-criminalisation of health and safety in British workplaces'  prof. Steve Tombs
14:30 – 14:45 hrs. Q&A  
14:45 – 15:15 hrs. 'Policing and punishing safety crime - mission impossible?' prof. Anne Alvesalo-Kuusi
15:15 – 15:30 hrs Q&A  
15:30 – 16:00 hrs. 'The role of safety regulation and its deficiencies with respect to the human component' prof. Gabriele Landucci
16:00 – 16:15 hrs Q&A  
16:15 – 16:30 hrs. Closing remarks  


About the speakers

Steve Tombs

Steve Tombs is Professor of Criminology at The Open University. He has a long-standing interest in the incidence, nature and regulation of corporate and state crime and harm. He has long worked with the Hazards movement and the Institute of Employment Rights, and is a Trustee and Board member of Inquest. 

Anne Alvesalo-Kuusi

Anne Alvesalo-Kuusi has studied extensively in the area of economic and corporate crime control and criminal policy. In particular, her studies have focused on the problems of policing safety crimes and corporate crime liability.  Her areas of interst also include the critical analyses of  law-making.  She is the European editor of Journal of White Collar and Corporate Crime. 

Gabriele Landucci

Gabriele Landucci is currently associate professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Pisa, Department of Civil and Industrial Engineering. In the period January-November 2018, he was associate professor of safety at Leiden University in the Netherlands. His research and teaching activities focus on industrial safety and risk assessment in the framework of chemical and process industries, with particular reference to security related aspects (i.e., intentional and malevolent events) triggering cascading events in industrial areas. He is currently associate editor of the Journal of Loss Prevention in the Process Industries and of the Journal of Integrated Security Science. He is Co-Chair of the Technical Committee in Chemical and Process Industry of ESRA (European Safety and Reliability Association). 


This online event is free and open to all. 

Please register for this event via this link.

This seminar is organised by

Dr. Anna Matczak is Lecturer in Comparative Criminology at the Hague University of Applied Sciences and researcher at the Centre of Expertise on Global Governance, Netherlands. She is the convenor and coordinator of the minor ‘Crime, Safety and Security’, Safety and Security Management Studies, THUAS. Her current research project at THUAS explores the pluralisation of policing during natural disasters and health emergencies. 

Dr. Joery Matthys is Assistant Professor at the Institute of Security and Global Affairs. Before joining Leiden University, he worked for the Public Governance Institute at KU Leuven. He has conducted research on multi-level regulation in the energy and communication sector, as well as on competence distribution in multi-level governance systems (municipality-province-region). He coordinated a research project on quality regulation in the private security sector, and recently concluded a study on the supervision of state actors in the criminal justice chain in Belgium and the Netherlands.  Currently, he is part of a newly formed research team Policing Studies at the Institute of Security and Global Affairs.

Dillon Ashmore is a third-year student and student assistant at the Hague University of Applied Sciences studying Safety and Security Management Studies.

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