Category Archives: Common Sessions

US Travel Restrictions – Visa Waiver Programme

Just a reminder for those attending the Common Session in NYC if you have not already done so previously (and do not hold a US Passport), you will need to apply for a visa waiver at least 72 hours BEFORE your flight.  The registration process takes about 10 minutes an requires a valid passport and a credit card (application fee is $14). (Thanks to Christian for highlighting this reminder)

See: for more information and the registration form

“International travelers who are seeking to travel to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) are now subject to enhanced security requirements and will be required to pay an administrative fee. All eligible travelers who wish to travel to the U.S. under the Visa Waiver Program must apply for authorization and then pay the fee using the following process”


Student Debate and Student Roundtable

The two debate topics/statements for the upcoming student debate in Hamburg have been posted in the discussion page here. The first question concerns social networking sites while the second question concerns dealing with surveillance.

Additionally, Susan Knickmeier has organised a student roundtable discussion, which will be separate to the student debate, on the topic of European border control and particularly the role of ‘Frontex’.  If you are interested to participate in that roundtable please contact Susan Knickmeier by 1 April with a brief abstract of your interest in the issue.  For more information please see the call for papers linked here.

Updated Information for the 25th Anniversary Common Session

Please take a moment to visit the upcoming Common Session page above.  New information has been posted.  If there is other helpful information or links please forward them to Matt or Yarin Eski at Erasmus for inclusion.  Keep an eye on this site as there will undoubtedly be more information posted later.

While preparing for the session please also consider jotting down some notes for the student meeting.  If you have any concerns, ideas, or proposals this is an ideal forum to raise them.  Change takes time but if the students are able to build a critical mass of support for particular ideas it will undoubtedly be recognized as such.  Also feel free to post on the forum page.  If you do not have the password and are a member of a participating University ask your local Staff Coordinator or post a reply where it says ‘Leave A Comment’ with an email address and I will respond.  Unless you request for it to be left active any posts with email addresses will not be made publicly accessible where spammers can find it.

Dutch criminology prize for liftetime achievement awarded posthumously to Louk Hulsman

Louk Hulsman, a founding member of the Common Study Programme, was recently posthumously awarded the Willem Adriaan Bongerprijs award for lifetime achivement by the Dutch Society for Criminology during the annual NVK congress June 19th, at the University of Leiden, Holland. The prize consists of a re-publication of a selection of his work, that will appear on the memorial of his death in January 2010.  For more information about the award or Louk’s penal abolition activism please visit his website which is regularly updated and maintained by his daughter Jehanne Hulsman launched

We have finally purchased the domain which is now operational.  While still a bit unwieldy the domain is considerably shorter than previously.  So please update your bookmarks accordingly.  This also allows us to move off the wordpress server or to a (a different system) if we so choose.

Upcoming Common Session

The next ‘Common Session’ is fast approaching.  The final programme will be available to the faculty contacts shortly if not already so please consult your own representitive for final word.  As we gear up for the next session please make note of any ideas, comments, concerns about the website that might be fed into further revisions.  Also, contributors, editors, and/or administrators are welcome and encouraged to join this page at any time.  If you are interested let me know and I can help you get up to speed–it is free to sign up by the way.   See you in the SUN!

‘Common Session’ Information Template

One of the key points to come out of the student meeting was a desire for local information about the ‘session’ and the site to be made available in ample time for students to plan their trips and expenses.  Developing a common template for each session was discussed as it would facilitate the smooth transition from one ‘session’ to the next.  So, as we begin the long process of developing a suitable website for the Programe we would like feedback on what information would be useful in planning your trip to each session.  (It is important to note that this information template is designed to consolidate info on the upcoming session and is separate from more general information about the programme (i.e. the forum, the history, and the archives)).  The following is an abridged version that was briefly discussed which is offered here to encourage conversation and comment.  Now it is your time to do your part and input your feedback. 

Here goes:

A Call for Papers – which mentions the ‘theme’ of the conference.

A Schedule of Events – to the extent that they are known in advance, at very least the dates of the conference.

Information on local accommodations and travel options – if possible a list of reasonably priced yet suitable accommodations in the local area.  In addition, if possible, links to recommended sites for local public transport and tips if known.

Conference contacts – Both the official faculty contact and a student contact if one is available and willing to serve in the capacity.

Miscellaneous – i.e. local entertainment options, local food options, ‘in case of emergency’ info, travel restrictions (visa requirements), maps of the local area, etc.

If you have anything to add here, remembering that the forum page and more generic information is best housed in a separate window or page, please feel free to comment.

Welcome! ¡Bienvenido! Benvingut! Welkom! Bienvenue! Willkommen! Bem-vindo! Καλώς ορίσατε! Benvenuto!

Welcome to the website for the Common Study Programme in Critical Criminology.  This website serves as a clearinghouse for information on the upcoming and past ‘Common Sessions’ as well as a forum for member of the participating Universities to share material, papers, or media of interest.