On August 30th, the IJJO participated in an international seminar on children's rights, public safety and non-custodial measures from a socio-legal perspective, held in Montevideo (Uruguay) and organized by UNICEF in collaboration with the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary General of the United Nations on Violence against Children, Marta Santos Pais.
The seminar brought together recognized international experts from countries such as Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Spain, USA, France, Italy, Mexico, Uruguay and Venezuela. Aiming at contributing to the design and transformation of various criminal systems, experts discussed the implementation of international standards and exchanged experiences, with special emphasis on the application of measures providing alternatives to the deprivation of liberty of children.
Cédric Foussard, Director of International Affairs of the IJJO, gave a presentation on alternatives to deprivation of liberty for children in conflict with the law, including a section on current international standards, as well as cases and good practices from various European countries. In this regard, he presented the results of two research projects at the European level in which the IJJO has been involved: the project 'Juvenile Offenders Detention Alternatives in Europe' (JODA) on alternatives to detention for juvenile offenders; and research carried out by the European Council of Juvenile Justice on Restorative Juvenile Justice, published in their 'European Model for Restorative Justice with Children and Young People'.
Mr Foussard later presented the ‘Modelo Regional de Política de Justicia Juvenil’, conducted as part of the EUROsociAL II program for social cohesion in Latin America. The model provides general guidelines and recommendations in order to direct the initial reflection on, and subsequent design of, juvenile justice legislation by States, with full consideration of the rights and guarantees of children in conflict with the law as established by the United Nations international norms and standards.