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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.

Penal - IJJO Events and Programmes

May 2012 Spain Law, Minors, Penal

On the May 10th of 2012, the International Juvenile Justice Observatory (IJJO) participated in the Meeting on Juvenile Criminal Law, organized by the Bar association of Legal Advisers of the Cadiz province in collaboration with the Town Council of Chiclana. This is a day of training for nearly 200 professionals in the field of legal assistance to juvenile offenders, including a large number of lawyers, judges and magistrates.

During the conference, professionals had the opportunity to know about the daily work of the International Juvenile Justice Observatory that presented its work which promotes Juvenile Justice both at international and European level. Specifically, it detailed the activities carried out by the Councils of Juvenile Justice which are created by the Observatory in each region worldwide. The Councils are think-tanks that bring together experts and professionals in the field of juvenile justice to address issues related to the rights of minors in conflict with the law. Besides, it presented the results of the work of the European Council of Juvenile Justice through the OIJJ Green Papers on child-friendly justice.

April 2012 Austria Abuse, Health, Justice, Mental, Minors, Offences, Offenders, Penal, Prevention

The IJJO organized jointly with UNODC in collaboration with the Permanent Mission of Thailand a Side Event “Mental Health and Young Offenders: A challenge for the justice and the health system” in Vienna on the 27th of April 2012, during the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice 2012. Within the framework of the Mental Health and Young Offenders advocacy activities, the IJJO promotes and develops several advocacy actions. In this occasion, this MHYO Side event aims to raise awareness on the specific needs of vulnerable children with mental health problems, illnesses and disorders in the criminal justice system.

April 2012 Austria Justice, Offences, Penal, Prevention

The International Juvenile Justice Observatory took part at the 21st Session of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, held in Vienna in April 2012. The Commission holds annual sessions for the duration of one week in the first half of the year, to tackle the most important issues related to crime prevention and justice.

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”

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  • Head Office: Rue Mercelis, nº 50. 1050. Brussels. Belgium

    Phone: 00 32 262 988 90. Fax: 00 32 262 988 99. oijj@oijj.org

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