Dr. Mark Brown

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Mark joined the School of Law in September 2014. Prior to tha the had spent four years developing a small law and justice consultancy focused on actors in the international sphere and based in Geneva, while also working as a Chamonix-based professional mountain guide. Academically, Mark has spent most of his career in Australia where he was in the criminology program at the University of Melbourne. In 2011 he was a visiting professor at the Institute for Criminology and Criminal Law at the University of Lausanne and he held an earlier visiting appointment at Delhi University Law School.

Mark has published extensively in the area of prisons and penal policy with a focus upon both contemporary and historical penality. In 2014 Routledge published his book Penal Power and Colonial Rule, a study of British uses of law as a strategy of governance on the Indian subcontinent. In 2013 Ashgate published Penal Culture and Hyperincarceration: The Revival of the Prison (co-authored with colleagues from the University of New South Wales), a modern history of the prison in Australia since about 1970. Based initially upon his consultancy work in Geneva, Mark has developed an interest in the more global aspects of crime and the armatures of justice and punishment. In that vein he has been working on security sector reform issues and also with the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organised Crime, particularly on environmental crime and on the question of how to reformulate domestic crime control strategies, such as deterrence, to counter transnational criminal threats.

He is currently working on a new book, tentatively titled Colonial Gulags: Confinement and Control in the Age of Imperialism. It is intended as a genealogy of the modern impulse toward exclusion, considering not only the norms and forms of exclusion and confinement but so too the rationalities that produced so many and such highly nuanced forms of sequestration. The project aims to connect with contemporary debates over the necessity and intelligibility of illiberal practices of governance that render refugees, stateless people, unfit characters like sex offenders and a range of other subordinate social types liable to various types of involuntary confinement.

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