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:
III IJJO INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE
"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).