Criminality or Social Exclusion? Justice for Children in a Divided World

The title of this post is the title of the Fifth Biennial Conference of the International Juvenile Justice Observatory, to be held November 5-7, 2012, in the Olympic Park, London.

The organizers state the following:

Even before the ‘credit crunch’ of 2008 and the economic crises of 2011, the globalization of neo-liberal economic and fiscal regimes was generating growing social, economic and cultural polarization.

This has resulted in ever increasing numbers of children, young people and families finding themselves located in areas of concentrated social disadvantage on the margins of society.

These forms of offending are also evident amongst marginalised young people in other North American and European cities and, as Malcolm Stevens the IJJO’s UK Commissioner has observed, they represent…..a new and quite different entrée into crime and delinquency, with different justification values and a different perspective of safety and respect. (See also Opinion of the European Economic and Social Committee and IJJO on Urban areas and youth violence).

Therefore, the International Juvenile Justice Observatory is pleased to announce that the 5th Biennial Conference will be held at the London 2012 Olympic Park on Monday 5 to Wednesday 7 November 2012.

The conference aims to address the reality that, as a result of social and economic polarisation and global financial crises, growing numbers of children, young people and parents are finding themselves located in areas of concentrated social disadvantage on the margins of society where involvement in the criminal justice system.

The convention will bring together over 500 people from more than 50 countries to discuss the impact of global crises on justice available to children and young people. Keynote speakers will include:

  • Dr. Marta Santos Pais, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Violence against Children.
  • Prof. Dr. Jean Zermatten, Chair of the United Nations’ Committee on the Rights of the Child.
  • Prof. Dr. John Hagedorn, University of Illinois, Chicago – USA.
  • Chuka Umunna MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills.
  • John Drew, The Youth Justice Board in England and Wales – UK.

The conference scientific committee is chaired by:

  • Prof. John Pitts, University of Bedfordshire – UK.
  • Prof. Dr Frieder Duenkel, University of Greifswald – Germany.

Through keynote presentations, workshops, panel sessions and an extensive exhibition and poster display the agenda will explore the themes of:

  • Preventing and Diverting Children and young people from offending.
  • Youth and group offending in urban areas: promoting social inclusion.
  • Children’s rights and cost avoidance.
  • Good practices on youth justice and sharing a common international benchmark framework.
  • Children’s rights and the role of business in a globalised world.
  • The role of Internet and Social media on Children Rights and Youth participation.

The Conference conclusions and recommendations will be presented to international institutions with which the IJJO holds formal status such as the ECOSOC of the United Nations, UNESCO, Council of Europe, European Commission through its Child Rights forum, the Fundamental Rights Agency and the European Economic and Social Committee.

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2 Responses to Criminality or Social Exclusion? Justice for Children in a Divided World

  1. Ashley Shearar says:

    Can you advise if papers from this conference have been published and where they can be accessed?

    Kind regards