Book Launch "Remorse, Penal Theory and Sentencing" by Dr Hannah Maslen

Past Event

20 March 2015, 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Oxford Martin School
34 Broad Street (corner of Holywell and Catte Streets), Oxford, OX1 3BD

Hannah Maslen Book
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Hart Publishing is delighted to announce that the launch of Dr Hannah Maslen’s new book ‘Remorse, Penal Theory and Sentencing’ will take place on the 20th March 2015 at The Oxford Martin School from 5pm.

Synopsis: This monograph addresses a contested but under-discussed question in the field of criminal sentencing: should an offender's remorse affect the sentence he or she receives? Answering this question involves tackling a series of others: is it possible to justify mitigation for remorse within a retributive sentencing framework? Precisely how should remorse enter into the sentencing equation? How should the mitigating weight of remorse interact with other aggravating and mitigating factors? Are there some offence or offender characteristics that preclude remorse-based mitigation? Remorse is recognised as a legitimate mitigating factor in many sentencing regimes around the world, with powerful effects on sentence severity. Although there has been some discussion of whether this practice can be justified within the literature on sentencing and penal theory, this monograph provides the first comprehensive and in-depth study of possible theoretical justifications. Whilst the emphasis here is on theoretical justification, the monograph also offers analysis of how normative conclusions would play out in the broader context of sentencing decisions and the guidance intended to structure them. The conclusions reached have relevance for sentencing systems around the world.

Hannah will give a brief description of the main points of the book and this will be followed by drinks and nibbles.

Further details about the event, including how to register your attendance, can be found at

Copies of the book will be on sale at the event at the special price of £30.

If you have any queries about the event please contact Rachel Gaminiratne (