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Durham University

St John's College


Borderlands 2017

(26 October 2017)

On the evening of Wednesday 25th October over 200 members and friends of the St John's community gathered in a packed lecture room to hear the Honorable Mrs Justice Cheema-Grubb speak on remorse and the criminal justice system. The lecture was titled “What’s done cannot be undone” (Macbeth V. ii. 74).

You can read the transcript of the lecture here:

The Principal comments:

'It was great to see a full lecture room last night for our annual Borderlands Lecture. Our speaker weaved in a wide range of subject areas into exploring her central theme of ‘remorse’ – it was brilliantly done and a great model of what a Durham education is all about.'

What did Frankenstein, Raskolnikov and Judas have in common? The lecture considered the nature of remorse and discussed its significance in the criminal justice system, in particular the role of judges who have to assess the authenticity of expressed remorse when sentencing offenders. The influence of remorse in transitional and restorative justice was also explored. It was suggested that the relative lack of research about the impact of remorse on such important topics as recidivism rates (and how quickly criminals re-offend) should be addressed.

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