Entrapment, Criminal Justice, and Ethics

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We are pleased to announce that the University has been awarded a Leverhulme Trust Research Project Grant to support a three-year project on ‘Entrapment, Criminal Justice, and Ethics’.

Further to previous work on entrapment by Dr Daniel Hill (Liverpool), Dr Stephen McLeod (Liverpool, Principal Investigator) and Prof. Attila Tanyi (UiT – The Arctic University of Norway), the project addresses the following questions.

Definition. What makes an act one of entrapment?

Permissibility. Is entrapment morally permissible? If so, under what constraints? 

Implications. What are entrapment’s normative implications for practical ethics and for criminal justice? (Does it affect culpability? What sort of remedy, if any, does it require?)

The work will involve a synthesis of applied analytical philosophy, drawing particularly on moral and political philosophy, and comparative legal studies. We expect to appoint a full-time postdoctoral researcher, with a Ph.D. in a relevant area of law, shortly.

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