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What we do

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.

IJJO Events and Programmes

February 2012 Crime, Protection

In February 2012, in the city of Cape Town, the IJJO had the honour to be invited to be part of the General Assembly of the members of the organization International Centre for the Prevention of Crime (ICPC). As the Observatory recently became a member of the ICPC, this was a great opportunity for us to present the OIJJ, its role, and its missions as well as the future IJJO activities such as the Fifth IJJO International Conference which will take place in November 2012 in London.

January 2012 Switzerland Child, Justice, Juvenile, Prevention, Violence

The IJJO joined UN partners based in Vienna, New York and Geneva during an Expert Consultation on the prevention of and responses to violence against children within the juvenile justice system, held in Vienna on the 23rd of January. The meeting was a critical step in the consolidation of cooperation of UN Agencies (UNICEF, UNODC, OHCHR, etc.), partners and the Special Representative of the Secretary General on Violence against Children, Marta Santos Pais to cope with the problem of violence against children within the juvenile justice system. This is in the line with the IJJO work carried out since its beginning through advocacy action, awareness raising campaigns and technical assistance activities. The overall aims of the consultation were to examine how juvenile justice can be an integrated part of the development of strong child protection systems; to identify the risks and systemic factors that lead to both children’s involvement with the criminal justice system, and to violence against children within the system, as well as approaches that help address the risks how to strengthen legislation and the enforcement process, and how to best to shift from a punitive approach to a child sensitive juvenile justice system

January 2012 Delinquency, Drug, Juvenile

Among the IJJO´s main lines of action strong emphasis has been put on the development of research methods, such approach is the result of Observatory´s active involvement in projects conducted at the European and Latin American level. On this occasion the IJJO is pleased to present the public with the latest research results indicating the developments and the progress with regard to the European projects: “European Dimension: European comparative analysis and Transfer of Knowledge on juvenile delinquency forms” and “Drug Related Juvenile Crime - DREJC”Over the past four years, Organizations from the Third Sector, European Universities and Public Institutions, including the Don Calabria Institute being the coordinator of the two European projects. All the participants with the support of the Directorate-General for Justice, Freedom and Security European Commission, have been actively collaborating in both programs what resulted in the development of two international dossiers and recommendations favourable to the global justice and integration of youth in conflict with the law.

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”

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