Non-Paradigmatic Punishments

Non-Paradigmatic Punishments

Convened by Bill Wringe (Bilkent) & Helen Brown Coverdale (LSE)


Deadline for abstract submission 30th May 2017

We invite abstracts of 300-500 word for discussion across a 4 session panel. Details below.


Normative work in punishment theory typically focuses on a single paradigmatic case involving:

  • a fully responsible wrongdoer
  • receives one of a standard catalogue of penalties – including deprivation of liberty, monetary fines and in some cases death –   inflicted on them
  • after due process
  • by a legitimate (and most often liberal and democratic) state
  • of which they are a citizen.


Actual practices of punishment go beyond this paradigm in various respects. We welcome normative, theoretical, and empirically informed contributions, and work at various stages of development, for in depth discussion and cross disciplinary engagement. Papers which provide or permit reflection on policy implications are particularly welcome, although a policy emphasis is not a prerequisite. We aims to advance our understanding of instances of non-paradigmatic punishment, including cases where:


  1. the punishing authority is not a state, or not a liberal democratic state
    1. For example: punishments imposed by international tribunals, by the international community as a whole, and also by non-state like communities such as schools and religious communities;
  2.  the recipient of punishment is someone or something other than a fully responsible agent and citizen
    1. For example: cases of the punishment of resident foreigners, minors, individuals suffering from certain kinds of mental illness, and collective agents;
  3. the forms of punishment which are common in practice though rarely discussed in the philosophical literature
    1. For example: parole, community service, and specialist courts, as well as a variety of less familiar forms of punishment including exile, disenfranchisement and corporal punishment, and technologically enhanced versions of familiar forms of punishment.


These cases and others are interesting in their own right, may illuminate the normatively dominant paradigm and our broader understanding, and potentially cover a much broader range of actual punishment cases.


Please send your anonymised abstract, and a separate document detailing your title, name and contact information, to

The deadline for submission is 15th May 2017.


Notification of acceptance is anticipated by the first week in June. If you are a student, this will give you time to apply for a bursary (deadline June 16, 2017).


For any inquires about this panel, please contact us directly:

Bill Wringe:           

Helen Brown Coverdale