“Contact” between law students and young prisoners for abolition of discrimination and social integration.

3rd Seminar

Thursday 20 March 2008 – Room 7, time 8:15 p.m.
Subject: “Prisoners’ rights: The Right of Communication”
by Victor Tsilonis, Ph.D. candidate (Aristotle) – LLM in Criminal Justice/Human Rights (University of Nottingham)

Topics discussed:

Α. Prisoners’ rights and obligations
Β. Prisoners’ right of communication

  • Introduction: A step backward in the past and a leap towards the future
  • The prison institution history and development: prison as an institution which promotes and violates human rights.
  • Prisoners’ human rights and in specific the prisoners’ right of communication today.
  • Case examination of the prisoners’ right of communication by the European Court on Human Rights.
  • Examination of the prison system in other ‘civilized’ (or not civilized) states.
  • The prisoner in the era of Information and Human Rights Protection: Internet, New and old media, Guantanamo and Secret Prisons

Greek bibliography

1. Alexiadis, S., Penology, (Athens-Thessaloniki:Α. Ν. Sakkoula), (2001).
2. Paraskeuopoulos, Ν., Prisoners’ Rights in: L. Margaritis, Ν. Paraskeuopoulos, Criminology, (Thessaloniki: Α.Ν. Sakkoula), (2005).
3. Pitsela, Α., International Texts, (Thessaloniki: Α.Ν. Sakkoula), (2003).
4. Kourakis, Ν., Prisoners’ Rights in Greece: ‘A Constitutional Bum Cheque’ in Chronicles of the Thrace Law School’s Laboratory of Criminological Studies, (1996).
5. Koulouris, Ν., Prisoners’ rights: ‘Silent sounds in the busy desert’; in: Μ. Tsapoga, Δ. Christodoulou (ed.) Rights in Greece. (Athens: Kastaniotis), (2004).
6. GiotopoulouMaragopolou, Α., Punishment without Freedom and Human Rights in: Α. Tsitoura (ed.), Anti-criminal Policy and Human Rights, (Athens-Komotini: Α. Ν. Sakkoula), (1997).

English bibliography

Amnesty International, Hidden Scandal, Secret Shame: Torture and Ill-Treatment of Children, (London: Amnesty International Publications), (2000).
N. Bishop, Intensive Supervision with Electronic Monitoring: A Swedish Alternative to Imprisonment, (1996) 1(3) vista: perspectives on probation 23.
Anna C. Burns, Eard v. Banks: Restricted Reading, Rehabilitation, and Prisoners’ First Amendment Rights, 15 (2007) J.L. & Pol’y 1225, (electronically available at Westlaw).
D. Chandler, Voices From S-21: Terror and History in Pol Pot’s Secret Prison, (Berkeley: University of California Press), (1999).
S. Creighton and V. King, Prisoners and the Law, (London: Butterworths), (2nd edition, 2000).
Brendan M. Driscoll, The  Guantanamo Protective Order, (2007) 30  Fordham Int’l L.J. 873, (electronically available at Westlaw).
R. Ford, Prison inquiry after Parkhurst escaper telephones BBC, the times, 8 June 1995.
M. Foucault, Discipline and Punish: the Birth of the Prison, by A. Sheridan (trans.), (London: Allen Lane), (1977).
T. Hickman, The Courts and Politics after the Human Rights Act: A Comment, P.L. (2008), SPR, 84-100 (electronically available at Westlaw)
HM Prison Service, Report of a Review of Principles, Policies and Procedures on Mothers and Babies/Children in Prison, (London: HM Prison Service), (1999).
B. Hoberock, Prison Cracks Down on Web Scams, tulsa world, 29 May 2001, at 4, available at 2001 WL 6929884, (Westlaw).
T. A. Holtz, Reaching out from Behind Bars: The Constitutionality of Laws Barring Prisoners from the Internet,  (2002) 67 brook. l. rev. 855, at 859.
Human Rights Watch/Asia Prison Conditions in Japan, (New York: Human Rights Watch Prison Project), (1995).
Human Rights Watch, Behind Bars in Brazil, (New York: Human Rights Watch Prison Project), (1998).
M. James, Learning Behind Bars: State Program Gives Inmates a Chance to Earn College Degrees via Well-Guarded Net Connections, balt. sunday, Feb. 12, 2001, at 1C.
D. Johnson, Prison Inmates’ Use of Web Kindles Debate on Free Speech, chicago tribune, 11 September 2000, at 8, available at 2000 WL 3707353, (Westlaw).
S. Livingstone, T. Owen, A. Macdonald, Prison Law, (Oxford: Oxford University Press), (3rd edition, 2003).
N. Morris and D. J. Rothman, Introduction in N. Morris and D. J. Rothman (eds.), The Oxford History of Prison, (Oxford: Oxford University Press), (1995).
Penal Reform International, Making Standards Work (The Hague: Penal Reform International), (1995).
N. S. Rodley, The Treatment of Prisoners Under International Law, (Oxford: Clarendon Press), (2nd ed., 1999).
C. Spinellis, K. Angelopoulou and N. Koulouris, Foreign Detainees in Greek Prisons in R. Matthews and P.Francis (eds.), Prisons 2000: An International Perspective on the Current State and Future of Imprisonment, (London: Macmillan Press), (1996).
D. van Zyl Smit and F. Dunkel (eds.), Imprisonment Today and Tomorrow, (The Hague: Kluwer Law International), (2nd edition, 2001).
V. Tsilonis, The Prisoners’ Right of Communication in the Information Era, LLM Dissertation, (University of Nottingham), (2003), mimeo.


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