For over two decades, families, survivors, supporters and academic activists have been fighting for justice in the name of the 96 who died in the Hillsborough football disaster on 15th April 1989. The original Inquest verdict of accidental death was quashed in the High Court in December 2012. New Inquests commenced in March 2014 in an attempt to address the many unanswered questions into how and why 96 people died while attending a football match. After 25 months in court, on April 26th 2016, the jury returned their verdict that the 96 had been unlawfully killed. Following this, in June 2017 the CPS announced that six people, including two former senior police officers, were to be charged with criminal offences over the 96 deaths and the alleged police cover-up that followed.
Working collaboratively with Professor Phil Scraton, this project scrutinises the adequacy and appropriateness of Inquests for settling controversial cases where people die in the hands of the state. Central to the project is an examination of the relationship between adversarial criminal and inquisitorial coronial investigations where issues of liability and culpability become contested. The project seeks to establish a wider-ranging agenda for critical interdisciplinary thought, which recognises the relationship between the power/knowledge nexus and the search for truth and justice.