Why do we punish? To uphold the law, to defend society, to educate, to give weight to the victim’s suffering? What do we punish? How do we punish? What about individualisation of the sentence? If sentences are increasingly numerous and varied, why does imprisonment remain the primary sanction?
Historians, philosophers, sociologists and jurists will be invited to present their work in an attempt to shed light on questions that judges ask themselves on a daily basis.
Far removed from the media clamour and demagogic tendencies, this day should allow participants to enrich their thinking on the meaning of the sentence. Through presentations and discussions which will seek to combine existing knowledge with open discussion among practitioners, this session will draw on a variety of existing research and various practical experiences in France and abroad with the ultimate goal, far removed from the media.