Juvenile Justice Systems in Europe (21st-22nd October 2008)

Professor Michele Burman will be speaking at the Juvenile Justice Systems in Europe Conference, hosted in Valencia, Spain.


Details are as follows:


"Juvenile justice systems in Europe:  current situation, trends in applicable models and good  practices"
Valencia (Spain), 21st – 22nd October 2008


On the 21st and 22nd October 2008, the International Juvenile Justice Observatory  (IJJO) together with the County Council of Justice and Public Administrations of the  Generalitat Valenciana (Spain), have the pleasure to organise the III International  IJJO Conference, which will be titled: "Juvenile Justice Systems in Europe: current  situation, trends in applicable models and good practices".
The III International IJJO Conference (Valencia 2008) will allow carrying out an analysis of  the juvenile justice systems, action models and intervention programmes which are  applicable in the different Member States of the European Union. The objective is to be  able to come to a series of final conclusions regarding the proposal of establishing an  approximation framework between the different States on the subject of juvenile justice.
The resolutions adopted in this field by organisms like the Council of Europe, the  European Economic and Social Committee, the European Parliament will serve as a  reference, adding to this the final conclusions of the II International IJJO Conference  "Juvenile Justice in Europe: a framework for the integration" (Brussels 2006).
The knowledge on the different systems will enable us to determine the divergence  elements between the Member States regarding the treatment of minors in conflict with the  law, based on political, economic, judicial and social diversity in the European Union. Over  the last 15 years, juvenile justice systems in Europe have experienced considerable  changes, especially in Eastern European countries. But Western European countries must  also be mentioned because of new trends like the neo-correctionalist models and  "minimum intervention" models as well as the implementation of restorative justice  mechanisms and the coexistence of welfare models and responsibility models.
In this context, within the AGIS Programme, the European Commission has supported a  comparative law study which analyses the most important issues regarding the treatment  of minor offenders in all Member States based on the question: are there any possibilities  to harmonise juvenile justice systems on a European level? This study has been led by the  Department of Criminology of the University of Greifswald (Germany) together with the  Don Calabria Institute (Italy) and Diagrama Foundation Psychosocial Intervention (Spain)  and with the cooperation of the International Juvenile Justice Observatory (Belgium).

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