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Tuesday 18th of February 2020

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.

Violence - IJJO Events and Programmes

September 2012 Development, Prevention, Security, Violence

In the context of EUROsociAL II programme, where IJJO is an operating partner, missions to 6 Latin American countries were carried out: Colombia, Ecuador, Salvador, Honduras, Uruguay and Mexico. The main aim of these missions was to bring together public actors responsible for the development and implementation of public security policies and specifically the prevention of violence.

EUROsociAL II programme is a technical cooperation initiative of the European Commission which main objective is to contribute to increase social cohesion in Latin America. The programme aims at supporting national public policies in order to promote social cohesion levels and strengthen the institutions and organizations responsible for these policies. EUROsociAL II works on five themes that reflect the interests and priorities of the Latin American governments.

The IJJO and the European Forum for Urban Safety (EFUS) are part of the consortium as an operating partner in the fifth axis of "Public security/rights and access to the justice" in the subject area of "Public Safety". This axis is led and coordinated by France Expertise International (FEI).

July 2012 Minors, Violence

For the second time in six months, the International Juvenile Justice Observatory hosted within its premises an all-country meeting gathering several organisations dedicated to end violence against children in custody. This project, coordinated by the Children’s Rights Alliance for Children (CRAE), now enters its final phase and is already showing results of great interests.


On July 3rd and 4th, 2012, six organisations championing the rights of children in conflict with the law, one representant of the European Commission and an indepedent evaluator, met at the International Juvenile Justice Observatory in order to review the progress of each partner in a project entitled “Ending violence against children in custody”

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

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