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Final conference of the PRALT project: Partners present their findings on juvenile radicalisation

Monday 18th of June 2018
IJJO Day by Day

On the 14th of June, the final conference of the PRALT project on prevention of juvenile radicalisation took place in Madrid. The project “PRALT - The prevention of juvenile radicalisation: Promoting the use of alternatives to detention through judicial training” addresses the issue of juvenile radicalisation through the sharing of knowledge and practices between judicial professionals and actors of several EU Member States. 

This final conference gave a chance for all the partners of the project to present their findings, and took place in conjunction with the release of the project’s manual for professionals about the “Prevention of Juvenile Radicalisation”.

The day opened with speeches by Raquel Jiménez Martos, from the International Juvenile Justice Observatory (Belgium), and Daniel Navalón Sesa, from Fundación Diagrama (Spain).

Next came the first session of the day, on the “Analysis of Strategies Involved in the Radicalisation and Recruitment of Young People”, led by Álvaro Vicente Palazón from the Elcano Royal Institute Programme on Global Terrorism (Spain), and chaired by Natalia García-Guilabert, from the International Juvenile Justice Observatory.

Then, after a brief coffee break, it was time for “Comparative Analysis of Juvenile Radicalisation in Europe”, and centred on the presentation of national reports by representatives from various project partners, namely Eduard Matt from the Bremen Ministry of Justice (Germany), Ségolène de Puineuf from the Judicial Youth Protection Services of the Ministry of Justice (France), Juan José Periago Morant from Fundación Diagrama (Spain), Claudiu Raicu from the National Administration of Penitentiaries and Romanian Intelligence Service (Romania), as well as Natalia García-Guilabert and Tallulah Hewett from the International Juvenile Justice Observatory. They were joined by Julia Reinelt from the Violence Prevention Network. The session was chaired by the consultant Frances Sheahan (United Kingdom).

Following this was the “Radicalisation Prevention from a Community Perspective”, led by Luisa Mérida Merenciano, co-author of the “Crosscutting Plan for the Conviviality and Prevention of Violent Radicalisation in the City of Málaga” (Spain), and Lotte Lucassen and Salma Mallouk, from the Diamond Programme (The Netherlands). Jolande uit Beijerse, of the Erasmus School of Law at Erasmus University Rotterdam (The Netherlands) acted as moderator.

After the lunch break came a talk about “Community Measures and Sanctions in the Radicalisation Prevention Field”, given by Olad Aden, from the Gangway programme in Germany, and chaired by Maria João Leote de Carvalho, from the Interdisciplinary Centre of Social Sciences of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa in Portugal.

Next, there was a presentation on the “Radicalisation Prevention Programmes in Detention Contexts and Reintegration Programmes” delivered by Carlos Fernández Gómez, from the General Secretariat of Penitentiary Institutions in Spain, and moderated by Jonathan Van Durmen, from the International School of Juvenile Justice.

The last session was devoted to “The Rights of the Children Recruited and Used by Terrorist Groups”, led by Philip D. Jaffé, from the Center for Children’s Rights Studies of the University of Geneva in Switzerland, and was chaired by Raquel Jiménez Martos.


Co-Funded by the Justice Programme of the European Union

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