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At Durham University you'll find an extensive programme of public lectures and seminars. With an impressive line up of experts and renowned academics speaking on a myriad of topics, the aim is to share knowledge and encourage debate. Lectures on thought provoking subjects as diverse as history and astro-physics are aimed at a general audience and delivered at various locations across the University. Lectures in the Castle Public Lecture Series take place within the Great Hall of historic Durham Castle, while the Institute of Advanced Study hosts a year round programme of inter-disciplinary lectures. Our Museums offer public lectures to accompany exhibitions and events and our Colleges celebrate that they are scholary communities with series' such as Cafe Politique, Cafe Scientifique and Cafe des Arts.

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St John's College Annual Borderlands Lecture “What’s done cannot be undone” (Macbeth V. ii. 74)

25th October 2017, 18:15, Lecture Room ER201, Elvet Riverside

This lecture will be given by the Hon. Mrs Justice Cheema-Grubb DBE.
Bobbie Cheema-Grubb was born in Derby in 1966 and brought up in Yorkshire. After state school followed by a law degree at King’s College, London, Dame Bobbie was called to the Bar in 1989.

Her pupillage was served at the prominent criminal set 2, Hare Court and she practiced there for 25 years prosecuting and defending in serious crime but also in public law including extradition. In 2006, she was appointed Treasury Counsel based at the Old Bailey. She subsequently became Senior Treasury Counsel (one of only three women ever to achieve that elite rank) before taking silk (QC). Whilst Treasury Counsel she prosecuted over 50 murders, many terrorist trials and had a busy appellate practice.

‘What did Frankenstein, Raskolnikov and Judas have in common? This lecture will consider the nature of remorse and discuss 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 will also be explored. It will be 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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