No Country For ‘Bad’ Men: Volatile Citizenship and the Emerging Features Of Global Neo-colonial Penality

Dr Milena Tripkovic, University of Edinburgh


Milena will discuss her article which examines instances of de jure and de facto denationalization that arise from (suspected) terrorism by analyzing penal outcomes for affected citizens. The article first exposes cases of de jure denationalization that confine citizens to global spaces and draws parallels with instances of de facto denationalization that deny repatriation from abroad.

She argues that both situations signal state’s avoidance of the duty to punish, deviate from conventional penal aspirations and engender volatile global penality. To support this argument, three questions are explored:

  1. who punishes,
  2. who is punished and,
  3. what the purpose of punishment is. I conclude by exposing the emerging features of global neo-colonial penality as they pertain to both its objects and objectives.


Milena Tripkovic is a Lecturer in Criminology at the Edinburgh Law School and Associate Director for Internationalisation of the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research (SCCJR). Milena joined Edinburgh Law School in 2019, having previously taught at the University of Birmingham, University of Kent and University of Novi Sad. She studied at the European University Institute, University of Oxford and the University of Novi Sad. During her PhD studies, Milena was a Visiting Global Scholar at the New York University and a Visiting Doctoral Researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law.

This online event is part of the Social Analysis of Penality across Boundaries Workshop Series organised by Professor Richard Sparks, Scottish Centre for Crime & Justice Research, and Professor Máximo Sozzo, Universidad Nacional del Litoral in Argentina.

This event will take place via Zoom.

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