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Judicial Forbearance Advocacy: Conflict and Mediation in Iranian Criminal Courts


James E. Rogers College of Law, Room 164 (Charles E. Ares Auditorium, outdoors)
1201 E. Speedway Blvd
85719 Tucson , AZ


Thu, 04/11/2019 - 5:00pm


Arzoo Osanloo, Director of the Middle East Center, Associate Professor in the Department of Law, Socities, and Justice, University of Washington

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Iran’s criminal justice system affords victims of crime the right of retributive sanctioning. At the same time, the law encourages victims to forgo that right. The penal code also compels judicial officials to attempt to achieve reconciliation. However, the law provides little guidance, either to victims or judicial officials, on how to bring about reconciliation. This talk explores Iran’s victim-centered criminal justice system through an examination of judges’ roles in mediation and further reflect on the relationship between forbearance and rights in criminal justice.


Arzoo Osanloo is an Associate Professor in the Department of Law, Societies, and Justice and the Director of the Middle East Center at the University of Washington, Seattle. She holds a PhD in cultural anthropology from Stanford University and a JD from The American University, Washington College of Law. She is the author of The Politics of Women’s Rights in Iran (Princeton University Press, 2009), which analyzes the politicization of women’s “rights talk” in Iran. She has recently completed her manuscript Codifying Mercy: Forgiveness Work and Victim’s Rights in Iranian Criminal Sanctioning (Princeton University Press, forthcoming), which examines the Muslim mandates of forgiveness, compassion, and mercy as they take shape through Iran’s criminal justice system. Her other publications appear in edited volumes and peer-reviewed academic journals, including American Ethnologist, Cultural Anthropology, Political and Legal Anthropology, and Iranian Studies. Her research and teaching focus on the intersections of law and cultural practice, especially with respect to human rights. Prior to her academic work, she worked as an immigration and asylum lawyer and focused on refugee rights.


Co-Sponsored by the James E. Rogers College of Law and CMES