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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.

2011 - IJJO Events and Programmes

November 2011 Belgium Detention, Justice, Legislation, Penal

In November 2011 the IJJO took part in an EU wide consultation promoted by the European Commission with regards to the application of penal legislation in the field of detention, sharing its views and expertise in order to promote the use of alternatives to detention.

As a matter of fact, in accordance with the Convention on the Rights of the Child (Article 37), the IJJO advocates in favor of considering detention as a measure of last resort and promotes alternatives and diversion measures instead of the deprivation of liberty of the minor.

In this context, to guarantee a working judicial cooperation as well as the effective respect of fundamental rights within the European Union, the DG Justice of the European Commission published a Green Paper entitled “Strengthening mutual trust in the European judicial area – A Green Paper on the application of EU criminal justice legislation in the field of detention” and simultaneously launched an EU-wide consultation on detention conditions. The latter aimed at exploring more closely the links between detention issues and mutual trust in the EU’s area of justice. Yet, it also aimed at paying more attention to alternatives to detention, especially when it comes to children. Thus, the International Juvenile Justice Observatory submitted in November 2011 its contribution to the EU-wide consultation launched by the DG Justice on the Green Paper entitled “Strengthening mutual trust in the European judicial area – A Green Paper on the application of EU criminal justice legislation in the field of detention”

November 2011 Germany Child, Freedom

Since the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), Africa has witnessed unprecedented developments in child law, practice and policy as well as in the field of Juvenile Justice. However there is still much to be done to improve laws, and procedures and their implementation in the justice system in Africa when it deals with children.

This was the overall aim of the Kampala Conference on “Deprivation of Children’s Liberty as a Last Resort”, held in November 2011 and organised by Defence for Children International (DCI) and The African Child Policy Forum (ACPF). The Conference was attended by representatives of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, the African Union, UN agencies, the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child, governments, CSOs, INGOs, and other experts from all over Africa and other parts of the world. The International Juvenile Justice Observatory was invited to take part at this Conference and to make a presentation on “International policies and standards in juvenile justice”

October 2011

The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) has granted the International Juvenile Justice Observatory (IJJO) the UN special consultative status during the meeting that took place in July 2011 after receiving a favorable recommendation of the NGO Committee of ECOSOC.

September 2011

The International Juvenile Justice Observatory has taken part in the 5th Milestones of a Global Campaign for Violence Prevention Meeting, held in South Africa, on the 6-7 September 2011. The Meeting was held at the International Convention Centre in Cape Town and was hosted by World Heath Organization, the Ministry of Health of South Africa, and the Provincial Government of the Western Cape.

August 2011

To present its advocacy work in the field of Child-friendly justice, the International Juvenile Justice Observatory (IJJO) organized, together with its European branch, the European Juvenile Justice Observatory (EJJO), and the Istituto don Calabria, a seminar at the European Economic and Social Committee, on the 9th of June 2011.

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