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The Centre for Criminal Law and Criminal Justice (CCLCJ) and Gender and Law at Durham (GLAD) are delighted to host the launch of Dr Emma Milne’s (Durham Law School) book Criminal Justice Responses to Maternal Filicide: Judging the Failed Mother.

Milne’s analysis of criminal cases reveals that women suspected of killing their newborn children are some of the most vulnerable in our society and that infanticide is not just a historical issue but one that has modern implications. While women are less likely to commit violent crime, maternal infant homicide is an enduring form of offending that needs to be understood in a wider social context.

Dr Emma Milne will present the key findings from the book, outlining the implications for criminal law, criminal justice, and academic research in the areas of infanticide and women’s offending. Short commentary on the book will be delivered by:

The event will take place in person and online. Please register here. Please note that in-person registration closes on Thursday 25 November 2021. Online registration is available until the day itself.

Criminal Justice Responses to Maternal Filicide: Judging the Failed Mother is available to order here. Save 30% when you buy direct from Emerald Publishing. Go to and quote EMERALD30 when you check out.

About the book

In Criminal Justice Responses to Maternal Filicide, Milne provides a comprehensive analysis of conviction outcomes through court transcripts of 15 criminal cases in England and Wales during 2010 to 2019. Drawing on feminist theories of responsibilisation and 'gendered harm', she critically reflects on the gendered nature of criminal justice's responses to suspected infanticide.

This contemporary study makes a novel contribution to the fields of law, criminology and gender studies, arguing that through its inability to recognise the vulnerable position of accused women, and respond accordingly, the application of law reflects wider social judgments of pregnant women and mothers who challenge or fail to fulfil ideals of motherhood.


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