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IJJO Conference

6th IJJO International Connference

Last updated on: November 26, 2014


Wednesday, 3rd December 2014

First day topic: Reforming Juvenile justice systems: more preventive and restorative, less punitive?

In the context of “Keeping Youth Away from Crime: Searching for Best European Practices ‘ EU project

The multitude of international and European standards of human rights protection and, last but not least, the recent Resolution of the Council of Europe, ‘Child-friendly juvenile justice: from rhetoric to reality’, underline the necessity to reform juvenile justice systems in the perspective of prevention and diversion. Yet, progress in this sense is in contrast with the political rhetoric of a commitment to remain ‘tough on crime’, and thus risks being undermined.

The objective of the first day’s debates and workshops was to investigate the overall orientation of juvenile justice systems, moving from an extensive approach to the analysis of more specific perspectives on prevention and diversion. In this light, the achievements of the European project ‘Keeping Youth Away from Crime: Searching for Best European Practices’ (JUST/2011/FRAC /AG/2671), which strongly focused on the advantages of a preventive and rehabilitative approach versus a purely punitive one, inspired the structure and the contents of this first day, as we believe that this perspective better represents the best interest of children in contact with the law. Partners to the project took part in the discussion during the different roundtables, in order to provide helpful and concrete insights to the different topics that will be tackled, and the main outcomes of the project itself were presented in a dedicated workshop.

Welcome Addresses and Keynote Speech
  • Dr. Francisco Legaz Cervantes, Founder and Chairman of the IJJO.

Dr. Francisco Legaz Cervantes: Inaugural Speech. 6th IJJO International Conference. Brussels 2014.

Video: Dr. Francisco Legaz Cervantes Inaugural Speech

  • Henri Malosse, President, European Economic and Social Committee, Belgium.

Video: Henri Malosse Inaugural Speech

  • Inauguration: Helena Valkova, Minister of Justice, Czech Republic.

Video: Helena Valkova Inaugural Speech

Plenary Session
'Justice for Children in the Framework of the CRC Anniversary: Progress and Challenges for the Next 25 Years'.

Video: 1st Plenary Session: 'Justice for Children in the Framework of the CRC Anniversary' [EN]

  • Moderator: Cristina Goñi, Secretary General of the IJJO.
  • Rapporteur: Mathijs Euwema, Director, International Child Development Initiatives (ICDI), Netherlands.
  • Alexandra Martins, Crime Prevention Officer - Justice for Children, Justice Section, Division for Operations, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.

'Strategies for preventing and responding to violence against children in contact with the justice system'.

  • Philippe Cori, Director, European Union Office, UNICEF.

'Realising access to justice for all children: realizing rights of the most disadvantaged'.

Coffee Break
Plenary Session
'Milestones of International Human Rights Law: Putting an End to Inhumane Sentencing for Children'.
  • Moderator: Sylvie Rousteau, Judge for Children, Court of First Instance, France.
  • Rapporteur: Anna Markina, Ministry of Justice, Estonia.
  • Robert Badinter, former Minister of Justice, former President of the French Constitutional Council, France.
  • Leila Zerrougui, UN Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Algeria.
Lunch/film presentation
Presentation of the film 'Restorative justice. Inspiring the future of a just society for all', by Ms. Edit Törzs, European Forum for Restorative justice. Belgium. [13:00-13:30]
Plenary Session and Debate
'Implementing Effective Restorative Justice Practices to Interrupt the Cycle of Violence and Juvenile Crime'.
  • Moderator: Cedric Foussard, Director of International Affairs at the IJJO.
  • Rapporteur: Ilona Kronberga, Senior policy analyst, Criminal Justice Centre for Public Policy (PROVIDUS), Latvia.
  • David Farrington, Emeritus Professor of Psychological Criminology, Cambridge University, United Kingdom.

'Saving Children from a Life of Crime'.

  • Frieder Dünkel, Criminology Professor, University of Greifswald, President-Elect of the European Society of Criminology, Germany.

'Restorative Justice in Penal Matters in Europe'.

  • Tim Chapman, Lecturer in Restorative Practices at the University of Ulster and board member of the European Forum for Restorative Justice, United Kingdom.

'How Restorative Justice Interrupts the Cycle of Violence and Juvenile Crime'.

Coffee Break
Simultaneous workshops
'From Theory to Practice: How to Strengthen Juvenile Crime Prevention, Diversion and restorative Mechanisms'.

Workshop I
Room Syrah

'Juvenile Crime and Early Prevention: Lessons Learned with the Keeping Youth Away from Crime’s EU Project'.

Ilona Kronberga, Senior policy analyst, Criminal Justice Centre for Public Policy (PROVIDUS), Latvia.


'Early prevention around the EU'.

Silvia Randazzo, IJJO Consultant.

'The case of Italy'.

Mary Mitchell, Researcher, Centre for Research into Families and Relationships, University of Edinburgh, UK.

'Innovative Early Intervention Practice in Scotland'.

Mathijs Euwena, Director of International Child Development Initiatives, Netherlands.

'Promising Preventive Practices for Youth Criminality in the Netherlands'.

Anna Markina, Ministry of Justice, Estonia.

'Early Prevention: Good Practices in Estonia'.

Asta Pikšrienė, Children Support Centre, Lithuania.

'Good Practices of Early Prevention in Lithuania'.

Educational film 'Early prevention: lessons learned and yet to be learned'.

Debate with the Audience.

Workshop II
Plenary Room

'Restorative and alternative practices with a focus on their implementation'.

Moderator: Etienne Joiret, psychologist, deputy chief of department, Service for Teenagers, Jean Titeca Hospital, Belgium.

Isabelle Ravier, Researcher, National Institute of Crime and Criminology, Direction of Criminology, Belgium.

'The decisions of Belgian youth judges with regards to acts viewed as offenses: the use of said alternatives'.

Lina Dorita Loayza Alfaro, Senior Prosecutor, Coordinator of the Young Leaders Programme, National Public Prosecutor's Office, Peru.

'Young Leaders: a proposition from the public prosecutor for the prevention and treatment of juvenile delinquency'.

Juan Francisco Franco Yagüe, Coordinator, Department for Children in Social Conflict, Agency for the Reeducation and Reintegration of Juvenile Offenders of Madrid, Spain.

'Educational practices in Community sentences with Juvenile offenders'.

Jessica Filippi, University of Pau and Pays de l'Adour, Faculty of Law, Economics and Management, France.

'Raising awareness of french educators (PAJE) approaches to restorative justice: from the reluctance of the presence of the victim in an educational measure to the acceptance of his participation in a process of restorative justice in a Youth Justice service'.

Workshop III
Room Gamay

'Access to justice: ensuring restorative measures are considered at the pretrial stage'.

Moderator: Mario Hemmerling, Justice Section, Division for Operations, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.

Veronica Yates, Director of CRIN, Children's Rights International Network, United Kingdom.

Erika Varadi-Csema, Faculty Member, Miskolc University, Institute of Criminal Sciences, Hungary.

Alex Tinsley, Fair Trials International, Belgium.

Kersty McCourt, Open Society Justice Initiative, Belgium.

Workshop IV
Room Petit Salon

'Prevention and Diversion mechanisms: validated experiences'.

Moderator: Enakshi Ganguly Thukral, Co-Director, HAQ: Centre for Child Rights, India.

Elizabeth E. Clarke, Founder and President, Juvenile Justice Initiative, USA.

'Policy Trends in Justice for Children in Conflict with the Law in the United States'.

Chris Graveson, Juvenile Justice Advisor, New Zealand.

'Diversion in New Zealand'.

Claudia Campistol, Criminologist, research coordinator, School of Criminal Sciences, Institut of Criminology Penal Law, University of Lausanne, Switzerland.

'Reflections on the production and the construction of knowledge concerning the youth (criminalized) deviance, regarding a concrete example'.

Pedro Calado, High Commissioner for Migration, National Coordinator 'Choices' Programme, Portugal.

'The 'Choices' Program: A Contribution in the Prevention of Juvenile Exclusion in Portugal'.


International Award
3rd Edition of the Award Ceremony


COCKTAIL - 19.00 – Salle Gothique
Brussels Town Hall
Grand Place
1000, Brussels

The 'Juvenile Justice without Borders' International Award is established by the International Justice Observatory (IJJO) to recognize the work of institutions, experts and personalities that have shown a firm commitment to the defense of children's rights and in favor of the juvenile justice systems that promote the integral development of children and youths in conflict with the law.

Thursday, 4th December 2014

Second day topic: Creating tailored juvenile justice systems: Development of innovative and validated alternative practices

In the context of "CLEAR" EU project

On the second day a mix of debates and workshops was proposed again, in order to complement the analytic perspective with a concrete analysis of selected practices on alternatives to detention.

In this framework, particular relevance was devoted to the concrete applications of the right to information of children about their rights. The European Project C.L.E.A.R. has tackled this issue at its roots, proposing best-practices to foster Children’s legal education, and one of the proposed workshops will address the results of the project and the challenges ahead. Overall, the workshops’ session investigated reform and its impact on three different phases of the link between children and law: access to justice, the role of community in diversion procedures, and the significance of monitoring during implementation.

Plenary Session and Debate
"Multi-agency Approach and Specialization of Law Professionals: Key Factors to Improve Effectiveness of Juvenile Justice Systems"
  • Chair: Alison Hannah, Executive Director, Penal Reform International, UK

Introduction EU directive proposal on procedural safeguards for children suspected or accused in criminal proceedings:

  • Caterina Chinnici, Magistrate, European Parliament Member, Special Rapporteur on the Proposal Directive, Italy

Debate with experts:

  • Imman Ali, Judge of the Appellate Division, Supreme Court of Bangladesh
  • Catherine Sultan, Director, Judicial Youth Protection Directorate, France
  • Renate Winter, Judge, Member of Committee on the Rights of the Child, Austria
Coffee Break
Simultaneous workshops

Workshop I
Room Syrah

Educating children about their rights. Lessons learned with the Children's Legal Education-Adapted Resources. C.L.E.A.R. - EU Project

Mihaela Manole, CLEAR Project Manager Save the Children Romania

Welcome and introduction

Tracy Bend CLEAR Project Researcher Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK

Presentation of the CLEAR project

Mihaela Manole CLEAR Project Manager Save the Children Romania

CLEAR implementation – the main steps

Ingrid De Jonghe Lector Youth and Penal Law at the University Artesis Plantijn, Antwerp, Belgium, and Chairwomen TEJO 'Therapists for youngsters, psychotherapist.

Presentation of the participatory research with children

Teodora Agarici, Peer-educator and volunteer Save the children Romania and Gabriella Fabrizi, Local coordination for CLEAR project. Project Designer. Innovative and European projects manager Cooperativa Sociale San Saturnino onlus, Italy

Illustration of the CLEAR approach – interactive legal education activities

Moderator Roxana Paraschiv, CLEAR Technical Expert Save the Children Romania

Questions and answers session

Ester Asin, Director & EU Representative Save the Children EU Office

Beyond the CLEAR project – children’s rights in the EU context

Moderator Áurea Ferreres, Head of Advocacy Department Save the Children Spain

Questions and answers session

Áurea Ferreres, Head of Advocacy Department. Save the Children Spain

Closing remarks

Workshop II
Plenary Room

Reforming and strengthening public policies on juvenile justice in Latin America. EUROsociAL II Programme.


Video: Reforming and strengthening public policies on juvenile justice in Latin America. EUROsociAL II Programme.

Video: Declaraciones de los miembros del Programa EUROsociAL en la 'VI Conferencia Internacional OIJJ. [ES]

Moderators: Imène Ben Rabat, Project manager - France Expertise Internationale (FEI) and Juan Víctor Véliz, IJJO Project Manager

Jorge Manuel Pando, Vice Minister, Ministry of Justice and Human Rights, Peru

Claudio Augusto Vieira, General Coordinator of the National System of Socio- Education, Brazil

Marcela Labraña,Director of the Youth National Services, Chile

Iliana García,Coordinator of Consultants. Technical Secretary of the Coordination Council for the Implementation of the Criminal Justice System, Mexico

Doris Arias Madrigal, Judge of Court III (Criminal) of the Supreme Court of Justice, Costa Rica

María Catalina González Moreno, Consultant of the Department of National Planning, for the Justice System, Security and Government, Colombia

Víctor Barrantes Marín, Vice Minister of Peace of the Ministry of Justice and Peace, Costa Rica

Emma Alba Tejada, Director of the Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies, Panama

Workshop III
Room Gamay

Fostering restorative and mediation-based practices by empowering the community

Moderator: Maija Gellin, Programme Director at Finnish Forum for Mediation, Finland.

Lana Petö Kujundzic (President of AYFJS), Davorka Lalic Lukac (General Secretary of AYFJS), Association of Youth and Family Judges and Specialists (AYFJS) in Croatia.

Stop program-alternative measures for minors

Pamela Kovacs, Research Consultant & Legal Specialist, Access to Justice,IDLO and Sanja Saranovic Child Protection Specialist, UNICEF MENA

Diversion Programs and Alternative Measures to Detention for Children in Conflict with the Law (MENA Region)

Raquel Jiménez Martos, juvenile justice specialist, Fundación Diagrama, Spain.

Conciliation and Reparation Programme for children in Conflict With the Law

Han-Kyun Kim, Korean INstitute of Criminology, Korea

Restorative Justice Practice against Young Offenders in South Korea

Workshop IV
Room Petit Salon

The relevance of promoting assessment and evaluation projects aiming to measure the impact and the efficacy of interventions.

Moderator: Koulla Yiasouma Director, Include Youth, UK.

Stefaan Pleysier, Assistant professor, Leuven Institute of Criminology, Faculty of Law, Belgium

Children as 'crash test dummies'. A critical analysis of risk factor research and early intervention practices in juvenile justice.

Chaditsa Poulatova, Lecturer, Teaching/ Assistant. Department of Politics, Newcastle University, UK

The Effectiveness of the alternatives to the deprivation of liberty in the field of juvenile justice – Germany, Norway, Netherlands and Switzerland.

Benoit Van Kersblick, President, Defence for Children International (DCI), Belgium

A Global Study of Children Deprived of Liberty

Lunch / Film presentation "When You Hear My Voice"
a Natasha Sterlin movie by the Bespoke Film Company www.thebespokefilmcompany.com [13:30-14:00]
Plenary Session
"Measuring the Impact of Evidence Based Policies on Reducing Recidivism."
  • Moderator: Ineke Pruin, University of Greifswald, Germany
  • Carlos Frederico Braga da Silva, Judge , Civil Law Court ; State Coordinator, Restorative Justice Program for Juvenile Offenders. Minas Gerais- Brazil

Restorative Justice and Socio-Institutional Interactions: Disseminating the rationality speech as public policy

  • Ricardo Pérez and Paula Alarcón Bañares, Psychology Department, Universidad de la Frontera, Chile

Multidimensional Model of Differenciated Intervention with Adolescents “MMIDA”. A specialised strategy, based on evidence to improve work in juvenile justice.

  • Ursula Kilkelly, Head, College of Business and Law, Cork University, Ireland

Evaluation, Research and the Reform of youth Justice?

  The Conference continues in the context of the European Council for Juvenile Justice Meeting
Plenary Session
Institutional Panel: "EU Activities in the Area of Juvenile Justice: How to Impact National Practices and Realities?"
  • Moderator: Bernard De Vos, General Delegate for Children's Rights, Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, Belgium
  • Margaret Tuite, Coordinator for the Rights of the Child, European Commission
  • Maria Amor Martin Estebanez, Programme Manager - Legal Research. European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights
  • Antanas Jatkevicius Council for Penological Co-operation Council of Europe, Lithuania

Recommendations of the Council of Europe and National Legislation and Practice: a Mutual Impact

Concluding remarks on alternatives to deprivation of Liberty and Juvenile Justice global Initiatives:
  • Moderator: Cedric Foussard, Director of International Affairs at the IJJO and Cristina Goñi, Secretary General OIJJ
  • Nikhil Roy, Programmes Director, Penal Reform International, UK
  • Fabrice Crégut, Juvenile Justice Coordinator, Terre des hommes, Switzerland


Looking ahead: Milestones for effectiveness of diversion and alternatives
  • Dr. Francisco Legaz Cervantes, Founder Chairman of the IJJO
  • Manuel-Jesus Dolz Lago, Public Prosecutor, Supreme Court of Spain
  • Frieder Dünkel, Criminology Professor, University of Greifswald, President-Elect of the European Society of Criminology, Germany
Meeting of the European Council for Juvenile Justice. Presentation of ECJJ Members’ Initiatives


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