Ireland, Estonia, Finland and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania (Germany), with the University of Greifswald as advisers, are partners in an EU funded project to examine and develop best practice in the transition management and supervision of high risk offenders leaving custody as well as developing a body of knowledge and creating an EU network of expertise. The project began in November 2012 and will be concluded in October 2014.
The final conference of the European treatment and transition management of high risk offenders project will be held in the Yachting & Spar Resort Hohe Düne in Rostock-Warnemünde (http://www.hohe-duene.de) from 3rd to 5th September 2014.The preliminary conference invitation is attached here.
The Conference will feature important presentations on the findings from the project, valuable contributions from experts and lively workshop discussions. It will be a not-to-be-missed opportunity for networking, to meet with experienced colleagues and experts in transition management, to exchange knowledge and develop partnershiips.
There will be special conference travel, attendance and conference arrangements funded by the JCN project in place for participants from within the EU and applicant states. As places will be limited please contact the German JCN Conference organising team for further information as early as possible by e-mail at: email@example.com
If you wish to propose a paper or a workshop to be considered for presentation at the conference please contact the conference team by e mail at firstname.lastname@example.org with a brief summary of your paper or outline of your workshop topic before 1st April 2014 at latest.
From the 11th-14th of June Queen’s University Belfast is hosting the 8th International Conference of the Beyond Desistance European Forum for Restorative Justice, Beyond Crime: Pathways to Desistance, Social Justice and Peace Building. Keynote speakers include Prof John Braithwaite, Prof Shadd Maruna, Prof Joanna Shapland, Porf Kieran McEvoy, Dr Tove Hansen Malloy and Brunilda Pali.
Practitioners, researchers, RJ trainers, legal professionals, and policy makers are invited to submit a proposal for one of the following types of presentations:
Paper presentation – 20 min + 10 min Q&A
Training session – 90 min
Panel discussion – 90 min
Dialogue session – 90 min
Movie/documentary and discussion – 120 min
The deadline for submissions is the 14th of March 2014. For further details please see the conference flyer attached here: International RJ Conference
The Centre for Criminal Law and Criminal Justice at Durham is hosting its fifth annual conference on the theme of ‘The Criminal Trial and the Pursuit of Justice: Controversies and Alternatives’. The conference will take place at Durham University on 14th and 15th April.
The call for papers is now open and abstracts should be submitted by 14th March to either email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Click here for further information.
Topics can include, but are not limited to:
- The role of key stakeholders and actors;
- Notions of accountability, legitimacy, procedural fairness and human rights;
- Critical assessments of the rules of evidence and procedure;
- The limits of trial justice;
- Issues pertinent to punishment and sentencing, including mediation and restorative justice.
The Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rights at University College Cork will hold its 8th Annual Graduate Conference on 5th and 6th June 2014.
The keynote speakers will be Professor Jeremy Waldron of Oxford and Professor Carol Sanger of Columbia and the theme of the conference is ‘Justice and Dignity Under Challenge’. Applicants are asked to consider how intransigent law-making can negatively impact human rights protection and criminal law.
The call for papers went out today, and submissions are requested to be no more than 300 words, and should be sent no later than Friday 30th March (20th for full papers). Applicants can be from law or related disciplines such as politics and the social sciences.
Full details including contact details and requirements for submission to Best Paper Award see here.
Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald and Minister for Justice Alan Shatter recently published ‘Tackling Youth Crime’, the Action Plan dealing with the issue of youth justice.
The goal remains the reduction in the number of young persons in detention by ensuring the continuation of the downward trend in volume of young persons committing crime. Fitzgerald said that ‘the Government has grasped the challenge of ensuring that proper facilities will be available in a suitable setting’ and added that the first stage of Oberstown, the new National Children’s Detention Facility, would open in the first quarter of this year.
This facility represents a €50 million commitment by Government to addressing the concerns raised about the detention of 16 and 17 year-old boys in prisons and adult facilities.
The Action Plan continues the emphasis on the use of intervention, taking a multi-agency view encompassing the Irish Youth Justice Service, criminal justice agencies as well as education, health, social and voluntary agencies. The Action Plan will comprise part of the National Anti-Crime Strategy currently being developed at the Department of Justice as part of the White Paper process.
The use of data to maximise the optimal use of resources is a feature of the Action Plan, related to the targeting of Garda Youth Diversion Projects. Further, the use of research projects related to life-course offending and locally collected qualitative data will be fed into decisions on youth justice.
Read the report here.
Statement available here.
Victim Personal Statements are being introduced in Northern Ireland. This will allow victims to express to the court how their experience of the crime has impacted their lives, a process which takes place following conviction and prior to sentence being passed. Justice Minister David Ford has announced his intention to bring forward legislation which will underpin the process, which has been available in a more informal manner for some time. It will allow the victim, a representative or a bereaved family member to address the court, establishing guidelines and procedures.
Read more about the proposed legislation here.
BBC news article here.
The use of Victim Impact Statements was given legislative basis in Ireland in the Criminal Justice Act 1993. In 2011, the Northern Ireland Assembly published its research paper on the use of victim testimony.
The ACJRD is seeking a part-time Clerical Assistant.
Role specification is available here, along with the application form.
Applications should be submitted by 17 January 2014.