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'Justice for the 96' A lecture from Professor Phil Scraton.

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Closing session of the 2017 Parnell Summer School.

Professor Phil Scraton (Queen's University Belfast)

'Justice for the 96': Researching Truth, Delivering Justice in the aftermath of the Hillsborough disaster.

This talk reflects primary, documentary and observational research conducted over three decades into the context, circumstances and aftermath of the Hillsborough Disaster.

On 15 April 1989 ninety-six men, women and children lost their lives at an FA Cup Semi-Final football match in Sheffield. Hundreds more were seriously injured, thousands traumatised and many have died prematurely as a direct consequence. Director of the Hillsborough Project, its extensive research reports (1990 and 1995) exposed the institutional failures of the initial investigations, inquests, appeals and reviews that followed also critically reviewing the prejudicial role played by influential, hostile elements within the media. In 1999 Phil Scraton published the first edition of Hillsborough: The Truth.

Throughout the following decade a sustained campaign led to the unprecedented Hillsborough Independent Panel (2010-2012) and its ground breaking report, providing the foundation for criminal and Independent Police Complaints Commission investigations (2013-ongoing), the quashing of the ‘accidental death’ verdicts and new inquests. Concluding the longest inquests in legal history (2013-2016), the jury found that all who died were killed unlawfully. It levelled twenty-five severe criticisms against those in authority, the majority against the police, and found no evidence that fans’ behaviour had contributed in any way to the deaths.

In this talk Phil Scraton reflects on the long road to truth, details the Panel’s extensive findings, analyses the new inquests, their outcome, the work of the IPCC and the case for prosecutions. Finally, he examines the impact of his critical research and truth recovery for challenging institutional injustice and holding State institutions to account.

Anyone who has booked to attend the full week of the 2017 Parnell Summer School will be already registered to attend this event.

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