Punitive practices are highly revealing of a society’s social fabric, its normative order, and power structure, as shown in classic texts from Émile Durkheim to Michel Foucault. The social sciences and humanities have hitherto studied punishment mostly in the context of the nation-state, however, by examining how people, organizations, and legal institutions punish individual offenders. This book examines the penal philosophies and practices of a society that has barely been approached from such a perspective: international society.
Together with Linet Durmusoglu, Barbora Hola, Ronald Kroeze, Jan-Willem van Prooijen and Wouter Werner, I am editing a book on this topic with Oxford University Press.
This line of research has been generously supported by the VUvereniging.