Drug Policy: Human Rights & Harm Reduction



Buchanan, J. (2016) Drug use: A Medical Criminal or Social Issue’, Opening Session, Southern Africa Drug Policy Conference, 2nd February 2016, Cape Town, South Africa

Buchanan, J. (2016) ‘Ending Prohibition Without a Hangover’, Keynote Address, Southern Africa Drug Policy Conference 1st February 2016, Cape Town, South Africa

Buchanan, J. (2015) ‘Reducing Drug Policy Harm’ CAYAD National Drug Policy Community Conversation, 24th September 2015, Glen Innes, Auckland, New Zealand

Buchanan, J. (2015) ‘Prohibition & Human Rights Abuse’ Vic Students for Sensible Drug Policy, Inaugural event, 8th September 2015, Law School, Wellington, New Zealand 

Buchanan, J. (2015) Ending Drug Prohibition with New Prohibition?’ British Criminology Conference, 30th June – 3rd July 2015, Plymouth, England,

Buchanan, J. (2015) ‘Recovery from What? And Where To?’ at Symposium: Reclaiming and Redefining Recovery, 17th June UCLan, Preston, England,

Buchanan, J. (2015) ‘Why we need Drug Reform’ JustSpeak Wellington Forum Inaugural event “Let’s Talk about Drugs” 27th May 2015, St John’s in the City, Wellington, New Zealand.

Buchanan, J. (2015) Foundations for Good Drug Policy Keynote speaker, VAADA, 19th – 20th February, 2015, Melbourne, Australia

Buchanan, J. (2014) Lessons from International Drug Policy Change: Removing punishment from all drug possession’ (invited speaker) Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs (APSAD) Scientific Conference, 9th-12th November 2014, Adelaide Convention Centre, Australia.

Buchanan, J. (2014) ‘Looking Beyond Drug Prohibition’ A Dialogue between the Pacific and the Greater China – Crime & Justice Conference  22nd-23rd October 2014, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

Buchanan, J.  (2014) ‘From Abstinence to Harm Reduction’ (invited speaker) Needle Exchange National Hui, 6th-7th October 2014, Wellington, New Zealand

Buchanan, J. (2014) ‘Ending Drug Prohibition with a Hangover? Global Perspectives‘ the Community Justice Portal 11th Annual Public Lecture, Thursday 22nd May 2014, Sheffield Hallam University, England. PODCAST/PREZI Combined

Buchanan, J. (2013) ‘Drug Courts and Punitive Populism: Policy-based evidence rather than evidenced based policy?’ British Society of Criminology Conference, Criminology on Trial, 2-4th May 2013

 Buchanan, J. (2012) ‘Drug testing: Widening the net of punitive populism?’ Issues in Crime & Justice Conference  11th June 2013, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

Buchanan, J. (2012) ‘Compulsory drug testing for unemployed people in Aotearoa NZ: Widening the net of punitive populism?’ ANZSOC Conference, 27th – 29th November 2012, Auckland University, New Zealand

Buchanan, J. (2012) Public Lecture Series, ‘Does Controlling Drugs Make Them Uncontrolled and More Dangerous?’ 12th June 2012, Liverpool John Moores University, UK

Buchanan, J. (2012) Scarman Public Lecture Series The Damage Caused by Drugs, or the Damage Caused by Drug Policy? 13th June 2012, Leicester University, UK, podcast: http://julianbuchanan.podomatic.com/player/web/2012-07-04T17_03_17-07_00

Buchanan, J. (2012) ‘Listening to young people on the margins – is homelessness paving the way to incarceration?‘ British Criminological Society, 4-6th July 2012, University of Portsmouth, UK

Buchanan, J. (2011) ‘Social Exclusion Stigma & Problematic Drug Use’ Expert Working Group Basic socio-economic assistance as a key component of UNODC drug prevention and treatment programmes 12-14th May 2011, UNODC, Vienna, Austria

Buchanan, J. (2011) ‘Coercive drug treatment, drug testing and punitive approaches’ Crime and Punishment the Rising Punitiveness ANZAPPL 17-19 November, 2011 Wellington Convention Centre, New Zealand

Buchanan, J. (2011)  ‘Barriers to Recovery: Stigma & Discrimination‘ at Drug Policy Symposium Through the Maze: Making Treatment Better 30 August 2011, Te Papa, Wellington, New Zealand

Buchanan, J. (2011) ‘Damaged Lives and Troubled People: the challenges of inclusion and integration for people leaving prison’ Exclusion and Embrace Conference on Prisoner Reintegration, St John Church 23rd June 2011, Wellington, New Zealand

Buchanan. J., Hughes, C. & Beck, A. (2010) ‘Beyond the Rhetoric of Youth Homelessness’ Three workshops on 14th October 2010 at Cynnedd (The Wales Youth Justice Forum), Holiday Inn, Mold, Wales.

Buchanan, J. (2010)  ‘A critique of drug policy under New Labour and consideration of new directions‘ at the 10th Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology, Leige, Belgium

Buchanan, J. (2010) ‘Harm Reduction: It was twenty years ago today and it’s been going in and out of style’, Major Session,  International Harm Reduction Association 21st International Conference, 25-29th April 2010, BT Convention Centre, Liverpool, England

Buchanan, J. (2009) ‘The War on Drugs: Causing more harm than the drugs?’, IX Conference of the European Society of Criminology, 8th-12th Sept 2009, Faculty of Law and Faculty for Security and Criminal Justice Studies, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Buchanan, J. (2009) ‘It’s their own fault for doing drugs’ Inaugural Professorial Lecture, Glyndwr University, Thursday 21st May 2009

Buchanan, J. (2008) ‘Society, Stigma & Drug Use’ Keynote speaker Scottish Drugs Forum One Day Conference: Drugs & Stigma, 30th September 2008, Glasgow, Scotland, http://www.sdf.org.uk/sdf/482.html

Buchanan, J. (2008 ) ‘Why don’t they (or why they don’t) just give up drugs and get a job like the rest of us’ The International Society for Criminology, XV World Congress, 20-25th July, Barcelona, Spain

Buchanan, J. (2008 ) Findings from the Evaluation of the Family Dispute Resolution Scheme (keynote speaker) CAFCASS CYMRU National Conference 23 April 2008, Newtown, Wales

Buchanan, J. & Davies, R. (2007) ‘Findings from the CAFCASS CYMRU Family Dispute Resolution Scheme Evaluation’ Family Law Conference, 2nd November 2007, Cardiff, Wales

Buchanan, J. (2007) ‘Beyond Motivational Interviewing and the Cycle of Change: Incorporating the Social Context of Problem Drug Use’ 2007 Century of Probation Conference, Sheffield Hallam, 10th – 13th September 2007, England

Buchanan, J. (2006) ‘The Importance of Social Reintegration for Problem Drug Users’ at British Criminology Conference, Glasgow 4 – 7 July 2006, Scotland

Buchanan, J. (2006) ‘Vocational rehab and social integration’, National Drug Treatment Conference, The Glasgow Radisson SAS Hotel, Scotland 9th -10th March 2006 (Invited Speaker) Scotland

Buchanan, J. (2005), ‘Long Term Problem Drug Use & The Need To Tackle Disadvantage, Inequality & Discrimination’, 16th International Harm Reduction Conference, ‘Widening the Agenda’ Belfast, Northern Ireland, 20-24 March 2005, Northern Ireland

Buchanan, J. (2005), ‘Problem Drug Use and Social Exclusion’, ESRC Conference Series ‘What Works with Drug-Using Offenders?’ Centre for Criminal Justice Studies, School of Law, University of Leeds 22nd March 2005, (Invited speaker), England

Buchanan, J. (2004) ‘Gaining Access:Understanding & addressing the disadvantages faced by long term problem drug users’ at 4th Annual EDACT Seminar, ‘From the Margins to the Mainstream’, Lagan Valley Island, Lisburn, 24th November 2004 (Invited Speaker) Northern Ireland

Buchanan, J. (2004) ‘Towards Social Reintegration: Understanding & Addressing the Impact of Social Exclusion’ at European Summer School, Drugs, Inclusion & Employment; Lessons in Europe About Social Reintegration Organised by T3 (Toxicomanies: Europe Echanges Etudes) and the Greater Glasgow Drug Action Team. The Tron Theatre, Glasgow, 28-30 June 2004 (Invited Speaker), Scotland

Buchanan, J. (2003) ‘Problem Drug Users & the Struggle for Social Reintegration’ The Howard League for Penal Reform Annual Conference: After Crime?, Oxford University, 17-18 September 2003, England

Madoc-Jones, I. & Buchanan, J. (2003) ‘Bilingually Sensitive Practice in the Criminal Justice system: The Welsh Context’, British Society of Criminology Conference: The Challenge of Comparative Crime and Justice., Bangor, Wales, 24-26 June 2003.

Buchanan, J., Senior, P., Baker, S.A. & Madoc-Jones, I, (2004) ‘A Federal Model of Partnership: An Evaluation of the DAWN Project’ National Conference on Partnerships in Health & Social Care, NEWI, Wrecsam,  5th November 2004, Wales

Madoc-Jones, I. & Buchanan, J. (2003) ‘Indigenous Peoples and Social Work: Lessons from Wales’, Washington State Social Work conference, University of Washington, Seattle,  24-28 March 2003, USA,

Buchanan, J. (2002) ‘Beyond the Cycle of Change: Steps to Social Reintegration’ Merchants Quay Ireland First Annual Conference, Homelessness and Problem Drug Use – Two Faces of Exclusion, Dublin Castle, Dublin,  18 -19 July 2002, Ireland

Buchanan, J. (2001) ‘War on Drugs: An Unjust War on Young Adults’ at the SOLON Conference, Behaving Badly? Offensive Behaviour and ‘Crime’ Galleries of Justices, Museum of Law, Nottingham, 19 – 21 September 2001 England

Buchanan, J. & Young, L. (2001) ‘Understanding Problem Drug Use: New Challenges for Social Work’, 3rd International Conference on Social Work in Health and Mental Health, Tampere, 1 – 5 July 2001, Finland

Buchanan, J. & Young, L. (1999) ‘Understanding the Connections Between Social Exclusion, Problem Drug Use and Relapse’ International Conference on Substance Misuse, ‘Policy and Practice: Past Present and Future’ held at Paisley University, Scotland, 9th-10th Sept 1999

Buchanan, J. & Young, L. (1999) ‘The War on Drugs: A Critique of UK Drug Policy’ British Criminology Conference ‘Criminology Towards the Millennium’ held at Liverpool,13 – 16 July 1999

Millar, M. & Buchanan, J. (1999) ‘Social Work’s Crisis of Identity: Learning from Probation’ International BASW Conference ‘Social Work Making a Difference’ held at Southport, 22 – 25 March 1999.

Young, L. & Buchanan, J. (1998 ) ‘Relapse Prevention, Social Integration and Structured Day Programmes’, European Working Group on Drugs Oriented Research Synopsis, Stirling University, 2 – 4 Sept 1998

Buchanan, J. & Young, L. (1998 ) ‘Examining the relationship between material conditions, long term problematic drug misuse and social exclusion: a new strategy for social inclusion’ Seebohm Rowntree’s Centenary Conference to mark the First Study of Poverty in York, University of York, 18 – 20 May 1998

Buchanan, J. & Young, L. (1997) ‘The War on Drugs’, Institute of Investigative Psychology and Forensic Behavioural Science ‘Understanding and Controlling Criminal Behaviour’ conference, University of Liverpool, 14 November 1997 (Invited Speaker)

Buchanan J. (1995) `Social Work Education Under Attack – the changing ethos of the Probation Service’ at the ATSWE ‘Future of Social Work’ Conference, Oxford University September 1995 (Invited Speaker)


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