Thursday, 9 February 2017

PRONI adds Hillsborough disaster lecture to YouTube

The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland has added a new recorded lecture to its online YouTube collection:

Hillsborough - Researching 'Truth', Delivering 'Justice'

Ninety-six people died following a crush at Hillsborough on 15 April 1989 during a match between Liverpool FC and Nottingham Forest. In April 2016, an inquest jury concluded the fans were unlawfully killed.

Author of the highly acclaimed Hillsborough: The Truth (new edition 2016), Phil Scraton headed the Panel’s research and was primary author of its report. Having worked with the families and survivors since 1989, he was advisor to the families’ legal teams throughout the inquests. In this public lecture he reflects on the long-term campaign for truth, details the Panel’s extensive findings, analyses the new inquests, their outcome, the work of the IPCC and the case for prosecutions. Finally, he examines the impact of his critical research and truth recovery for challenging institutional injustice and holding State institutions to account.

Phil Scraton PhD is Professor of Criminology in the Institute of Criminology and Criminal Justice, School of Law, Queen’s University, Belfast and Director of the Childhood, Transition and Social Justice Initiative.

To view the video please visit


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