Barcelona Spring 2009 

Conference Theme: Penal System and Human Rights: How May European Democracies Develop in the Framework of Contemporary Crisis?–Louk Hulsman in Memoriam.

Call For Papers: “The consequences that the crisis of welfare culture have produced for the penal system (and also to another spheres of public policies), specially after  the attacks against the United States on September 11th 2001, are very clear in western Europe in the last years. Zero-tolerance, emergency and/or exceptionality legislation, war against terrorism, extraordinary renditions…  The current trend however seems clear enough: the punitive management of poverty, the thoroughgoing flexibilization of markets, more and more criminalization for dissenters and the `rolling back’ of state-provided welfare. The “public” sphere seems to be moving in these directions. There seems to be little immediate prospect of restraining the deployment of punitive power.

In this environment it is very important and necessary to probe deeper and analyze these sightings in a critical way. This can prepare us to offer some resistance  to  pan-penalism – the seemingly limitless expansion of the “penal question” as an instrument for the manufacture of consensus and the government of public opinion.  By this means we may strive, on the one hand, to forestall the total demolition of the foundations of the guarantee model of the social order and, on the other, to develop a creative imagination that can pay attention to the claims of needy people. We hope that this way we propose here may prove to be a resource for mobilization and not of paralysis.”

Location: Faculty of Law, University of Barcelona

Dates: 21 April 2009 – 25 April 2009  (nb. there is an opening reception the evening of 21 April 2009)

Registration: The conference is limited to members of the ten member Universities and invited guests only.  Unfortunately, registration is not possible for members of the public or non-affiliated Universities.  If you are not part of an affiliated University but wish to attend future conferences you may wish to consider enrolling in a related degree programme or pursuing an Erasmus or Overseas exchange programmes at one of the participating Universities.  Registration for students of the respective Universities is handled locally by the staff representatives, so contact your own staff for specific details and requirements in the first instance.

Local Accommodations:

Hotel Opera
Address: 20, Sant Pau st., 08001 Barcelona
Tel:+34 93 318 82 01
Metro: Liceu (green line)

Hostal Girona
24th, Girona st., Barcelona
Tel: +34 93 265 02 59
(City center and Green line)

Hotel Pelayo
9, Pelai st. , 1st floor
Tel: (+34) 93 302 37 27 or (+34) 93 412 24 36
5min. from Plaza Cataluña and Green line

Pension 45
45, Tallers st., Barcelona
Tel: + 34 933027061
In the Raval. 5min from Pl. Cataluña and green line

Hosteria Grau
Carrer de les Ramelleres 27, Barcelona
Tel: (34)933018135

B&B Pau Claris
Pau Claris 117.
3 streets from Plaza Cataluña (the city center) and Metro catalunya (green line)

B&B Via Laietana 46
In the city center. 10 min from plaza Cataluña and 10min from Metro Liceu (green line). Near the Barrio Gotico and El Born.

B&B Jardinets
Gran de Gracia 27, 1º 2º.
Located in Barrio the Gracia (nice place to have a drink at night) and 5 min from Metro Diagonal (green line)

Local Travel Tips:

Conference Contact(s): Mónica Aranda, Cristina Fernández, Alejandro Forero, Gemma Nicolás, Héctor Silveira and Iñaki Rivera

Student Contact(s):

Travel Restrictions: Non-EU nationals should consult their embassy

Links to Local Maps:

Address: Avinguda Diagonal 684, 08034 Barcelona, Spain‎ – 934 024 346


The tourist guides may conveniently forget to mention to be wary of pickpocketing schemes–including the ol’ bird poop on the shoulder–distract and grab routine.  So do take care of yourself, your documents, and each other.