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Introduction

The papers presented in this volume expound on the links between architecture and justice, articulating the provocative and sometimes ambiguous juncture between the two, seek to draw out the formal language of justice, and examine the eects that architecture has on both the place of justice and on individual and collective experiences of judicial processes. In bringing together disparate disciplines this book aims to be evocative, informative and educational for both form givers (architects) and law givers (legal, judicial, and criminological practitioners). Baroness Vivien Stern, who gave the opening keynote address at the conference (from which these papers originate), remarked that this was the rst time she had been invited to speak to a combined audience of architects, lawyers, and criminologists. Her sometimes uncomfortable remarks, about the contributions of architecture in the creation of both a just and unjust society, set the tone for the debate in which each speaker was held under ‘surveillance’ by a watchful and critical audience. A silent voice in these discussions was Michel Foucault, whose Discipline and Punish has inspired countless students of architecture with its detailed and imagistic descriptions of prisons and punishment, oering a range of dierent readings for criminologists, lawyers and architects.1