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The International Juvenile Justice Observatory (IJJO) constitutes a permanent international virtual space that serves as a point of encounter for the work and reflection of professionals, administrations and organizations involved in the field of juvenile justice. In different countries it enhances global, national and local analyses of the phenomenon, analysing the different ways in which young people come into conflict with the law, examining not only the aspects that these manifestations have in common, but also the way in which the causes of the phenomenon differ.

The organization of events, seminars, workshops, courses and the participation in international and European programmes allow the dissemination of relevant information, experience, works and materials that have been produced as a result of initiatives taken by the Observatory, or by individuals or bodies working independently of it.

Criminal - IJJO Events and Programmes

November 2012 United Kingdom Child, Criminal, Justice, Social

With a wide international appeal, representatives of United Nations and EU Institutions, national, regional and local authorities, universities, NGOs, and other experts coming from more than 50 countries participated in the Fifth IJJO International Conference which took place in London on the 6th and 7th November, under the title “Criminality or social exclusion? Justice for Children in a Divided World”.

This edition of the IJJO International Conference took as central themes the impact of economic global crises on youth justice and youth social, and, related to it, the youth violence and inequality in an urban context as well as the prevention and diversion of children and young people from offending. Moreover, the core of the debate focused on the need to look beyond traditional and individualized approaches working with people in trouble and focus instead upon work with the groups and communities in which they live.

The conference paid particular attention on a number of issues dealing with policy development for socially excluded children and young people in trouble, diversion and inclusion strategies, economic interventions, cost avoidance and value for money services as well as with community-based and multi-agency interventions. In this context, three principal themes were developed during these two days: “A world in crisis: consequences on youth social exclusion and offending”, which was discussed the first day and “Inequality and Youth Violence in group: an urban challenge” and “Young People, Criminality and Solidarity: The Implications for Change” discussed the second day. In the welcome speech, the chairman of the International Juvenile Justice Observatory, Dr. Francisco Legaz mentioned that according to UNODC report there is an increased risk of criminal behavior caused by economic stress and in this context he emphasized that “It is necessary to send a message to the society that the lack of money does not have to result in a lack of inspiration and purpose in life of an entire generation of young people, demonstrating their ability and desire to change the course of history and face challenges, either on public squares or via cyberspace.”

Furthermore, during opening ceremony Prof. Dr. Jaap E. Doek, Former President UN Committee on Rights of the Child (Netherlands) and Mr. John Drew, Chief Executive, Youth Justice Board for England and Wales (United Kingdom) draw the attention to the need of preserving social care for children in conflict with the law from the public funding cuts. During the two-day conference, more than 350 assistants and 70 speakers from around the world discussed the issues related to prevention of the exclusion of children and the development of a child friendly juvenile justice. There were a great number of representatives from the Ministries of Justice, such as for instance, from Chile (SENAME), France, Italy, Turkey, Thailand and the US, as well as from international NGO’s, such as the President of Campaign for Youth Justice, Ms. Elizabeth P. Ryan, and from DCI, the IPJJ, etc. Representatives from international organizations (Committee on the Rights of the Child, UN Secretary-General on Violence against Children, Council of Europe) also took part in this international event.

Particularly interesting was the presentation of Prof. Dr. John M. Hagedorn, who is Professor of Criminology, Law & Justice, University of Illinois-Chicago, United States and who was one of the most important experts on youth gangs, participating in the Conference. The IJJO has also the pleasure to count on the participation of personalities who have made important contribution to the protection of children’s rights in different part of the world – among others, Mrs. Maud de Boer-Buquicchio, Former Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe (France) who talked about “Violence in Europe: are our children the scapegoats or the heroes of the 21st century?”; Mr David Mugawe, Director of the African Child Policy Forum, who provided the audience with an excellent overview of the situation of youth in Africa, Mr. Han Kyun Kim, the representative of South Korea and associate Professor of the Korean Institute of Criminology KIC, who made an interesting presentation on the "Reform of Juvenile Justice in Korea - Protective Dispositions for Juvenile Offenders", and Prof. Sir Albert Aynsley Green, former Commissioner for England from United Kingdom, who spoke during the closing ceremony. An excellent presentation on the issue of youth Justice and cost-avoidance was given by Prof. Dr. Shay Bilchik, Director of the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform at Georgetown University's Public Policy Institute, United State.

The 5th IJJO International conference had an important and extensive Scientific Committee with both Prof. John Pitts from the University Bedfordshire (UK) and Prof. Dr. Frieder Dünkel, Head Department of Criminology at the University Greifswald, Germany, as chairmen of this Committee. Finally, an excellent work of compiling information and drafting the conclusions of the Conference was made by Prof. Dr. Frieder Dünkel. It is also important to mention that within the framework of the Fifth IJJO International Conference, the Observatory awarded the Second Edition of the IJJO International Award ‘Juvenile Justice without Borders’.

The Honorific Award was given to Mr. Georges Loinger, a French Second World War survivor. Through this award the IJJO recognises the work of those institutions and personalities that have contributed to the outstanding progress and achievements in the field of the protection of children’s rights, as well as in the area of research and direct intervention with children and youth in conflict with the law.

November 2012 United Kingdom Child, Criminal, Justice, Social

 Within the framework of the Fifth IJJO International Conference “Criminality or Social Exclusion? Justice for Children in a Divided World” (London, 6-7 November), the Observatory will award the Second Edition of the IJJO ‘Juvenile Justice without Borders International Award’.
The main objective of the ‘Juvenile Justice without Borders’ International Award is to recognize, on a world-wide scale, professionals and institutions that show a steady commitment on juvenile justice and children's rights in the field of law, models of intervention and research in respect with the international standards.

By recognizing the achievement of professionals and institutions in the field of juvenile justice, the IJJO International Award promotes the dissemination of knowledge and policies which improve the situation and intervention with children and young people at risk of exclusion. The ‘Juvenile Justice without Borders’ International Award also contributes to highlight good practices among stakeholders and to arise public awareness in juvenile justice.

The ceremony award will take place on the 6th of November 2012 in London at the Park Plaza Riverbank Hotel. Please browse the following link for more information of the 2012 Awardees the Juvenile Justice without Borders International Award: 2012 Awardees

September 2012 Peru Criminal, Reform

Cristina Goñi, Secretary General of the IJJO, was invited as a panelist to Peru to participate in conferences and seminars related to Juvenile Justice. She also had the opportunity to meet with legal and prison actors, as well as visit some universities in Peru.
The International Conference "Criminal policy and prison reform in the framework of a democratic and inclusive government" took place on 13th and 14th September in Peru. The conference was held by the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights in Peru (MINJUS) in relation to its proposed reform and modernization project of the national criminal policy. The Secretary General of the IJJO, Cristina Goñi, participated in this meeting, where she had the opportunity to meet stakeholders and participate in events organized by the National Commission for Development and Life without Drugs (Devida) and the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru (PUCP).

September 2012 United Kingdom Child, Criminal, Justice, Social

The International Juvenile Justice Observatory is pleased to announce its V Biennial Conference: “Criminality or Social Exclusion? Justice for Children in a Divided World”, which will take place in London, at Park Plaza Riverbank Hotel, from Tuesday 6th to Wednesday 7th November 2012.
The 5th IJJO International Conference will bring together experts and professionals to discuss the impact of economic global crises on youth justice and youth social. Besides, they will discuss issues regarding the youth violence and inequality in an urban context as well as the prevention and diversion of Children and young people from offending. Similarly, other key factors for promoting social inclusion such as the development of community-based programmes and cost-avoidance strategies will not be omitted from the programme.

Please consult the Conference programme and more useful information regarding this international event.

V Biennial Conference: “Criminality or Social Exclusion? Justice for Children in a Divided World”

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