This past May 3rd, the final conference of the European project ‘MIPREDET - Analysis of procedures and conditions on minors’ pre-trial detention’ took place in Murcia (Spain). During the event, this project’s partners presented their results to the participants of the conference.
This project is financed by the Justice Programme of the European Commission and led by Fundación Diagrama (Spain), in partnership with organisations from various countries such as: Association Diagrama (France), Istituto Don Calabria (Italy), Universidade Catolica Portuguesa do Porto (Portugal) and the International Juvenile Justice Observatory (Belgium).
The purpose of this meeting, which was attended by a large number of juvenile justice professionals, was to reveal the conditions and practises related to pre-trial detention in European juvenile justice systems, as well as the conclusions reached by all the partners of the project.
The day started with a presentation of the project lead by Juan José Periago, criminal law associate professor at Jaume I University. Periago addressed children’s rights in pre-trial detention from a European perspective. Subsequently, Marta María Aguilar, professor at the Faculty of Law of Murcia University, carried out a lecture on the evolving development of children in the context of juvenile justice systems.
This was followed by a presentation by the IJJO’s policy and project assistant, Aurélie Edjidjimo, regarding the use of pre-trial detention measures on children in the different countries of the European Union. She reminded the audience of the importance of an effective implementation of the EU Directive 2016/800 on procedural safeguards for children who are suspects or accused persons in criminal proceedings, in order for European juvenile justice systems to become more adjusted to the children’s needs.
The second half of the conference consisted of a global comparative of the results of the ‘MIPREDET’ project in its four partner countries; Spain, Italy, Portugal and France, by the representatives of each participating association.
These results will soon be available online on the project's section of the IJJO website.