Dear ECJJ members,

Please find below a short summary of our last activities:

A. ESN Workshop: “Young offenders in Europe: Active inclusion and rehabilitation”, Athens, 11-12 July

On the 11th and 12th of July, the European Social Network (ESN) organised a workshop entitled “Young offenders in Europe: Active inclusion and rehabilitation” in Athens, Greece.

This event was held in the context of ESN’s work on vulnerable youth that was developed in the recent years through a series of European events in which youth issues were recognized as crucial topics. The European Social Network (ESN) is a network of over 120 member organisations in 35 countries which comprise national associations of directors, departments of social welfare of government, regions, counties and municipalities, funding and regulatory agencies, universities and other research and development organisations.

The workshop gathered more than 30 social services professionals from different levels of government but also academics from across Europe, and issues such as the cooperation between social services in the inclusion and rehabilitation of young offenders, the prevention and diversion practices at the local level, the mental health and wellbeing of young people in conflict with the law were discussed.

The IJJO, represented by Ms Adélaïde Vanhove, Policy Officer on European Affairs, was invited to participate to this event as an external expert. During the introductory session, Ms Vanhove made a comparative presentation of the juvenile justice systems of Germany, the Netherlands, and Romania highlighting the diversity of the legal frameworks, the role of social services in the inclusion and rehabilitation of young offenders in these countries and the use of alternatives to detention and juvenile restorative justice practices.

Ms Eftychia Katsigaraki, Director of the Division of Strategic Planning, Organising and Functioning of the Ministry of Justice of Greece and member of the European Council for Juvenile Justice also took part to the event.

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B. European Model on Restorative Justice with Juveniles

During the 9th European Forum for Restorative Justice (EFRJ) conference in Leiden (Netherlands) on June 22-24, 2016, ECJJ members Tim Chapman and Maija Gellin presented the IJJO’s European Model for Restorative Justice with Juveniles. The European Research on restorative justice with juveniles conducted by the ECJJ is available online and comprises three volumes:

Vol. 1: Research and Selection of the Most Effective Juvenile Restorative Justice Practices in Europe: Snapshots from 28 EU Member States

Vol. 2: Protecting Rights, Restoring Respect and Strengthening Relationships: European Model for Restorative Justice with Children and Young People

Vol. 3: Toolkit for Professionals: Implementing a European Model for Restorative Justice with Children and Young People.

C. Slovakia presidency of the EU

Slovakia (5.4 million inhabitants) took over from the Netherlands the rotating presidency of the European Union on 1st July. The Slovak Presidency begins at a time when the Union is facing unprecedented challenges: the result of the UK Referendum calls for discussion on the future of the Union, the continuing migration crisis raises questions concerning the integrity of the Schengen area, the recent terrorist attacks in Paris and Brussels have highlighted weaknesses in the area of internal security and the consequences of the economic and financial crisis are still affecting the economies of the EU Member States.

Despite these challenges and growing uncertainty, the Slovak Presidency is putting forward a positive agenda and seeks to promote sustainable solutions, especially in regards to youth radicalisation (page 36 of the programme). [+]

D. EU-Mexico security and justice dialogue roundtables, Mexico city, May 26, 2016

Held in the general framework of EU-Mexico-High Level Dialogue on Security and Justice, the roundtables of the dialogue allowed for an exchange of views between senior officials on drug trafficking and precursors, citizen security in Central America and the Caribbean, improvements to the provision of justice, cybercrime, counter- terrorism and cooperation between institutions responsible for law enforcement and judicial bodies in the fight against organized crime.

ECJJ member, Mr. Catalin Bejan, General Director of the National Administration of Penitentiaries of Romania, and IJJO's partner, Mr. Jürgen Hillmer from the Bremen Ministry of Justice and Constitution (Germany), financed by the TAIEX programme of the European Union, shared their expertise on modernization of prison systems, as well as forensic capabilities, police inspection, monitoring and effective coordination between police and investigators. Dr. Hillmer also presented the activities of the IJJO in Mexico and highlight the results in terms of technical assistance, in the framework of the EU funded programme for cooperation and social cohesion: EUROSocial. . [+]

E. CEP Conference: “Working with young adult offenders”

CEP (the Confederation of European Probation) is organising a conference on the theme of ‘Working with young adult offenders’ (age: 16-25 years old) in Lillestrøm, Norway on 31 August- 1 September 2016. The IJJO, represented by Ms Sophie Duroy, will give a presentation on“Child-friendly measures applicable to young adults”. Please click here to find more information about this conference.

F. Childhoods free from corporal punishment – prohibiting and eliminating all violent punishment of children.

Prepared for a high-level intergovernmental conference hosted by the Austrian Government in Vienna, June 2016, and marking the 10th anniversary of the UN Study on Violence against Children, this special report outlines progress to date towards universal prohibition and elimination of all corporal punishment and how the new Sustainable Development Agenda 2030 provides an additional context to speed progress. Designed to support action, the report describes how states can work collaboratively towards universal prohibition of violent punishment; it sets out existing regional commitments and action and how to use opportunities at national level to achieve prohibition. Where a total ban has been achieved, the report outlines what is required for states to move from prohibition in law to elimination of all violent punishment of children.

KidsRights urges all 163 countries analysed in the Index to increase efforts to combat discrimination against minority groups of children and youth especially. Vulnerable and marginalised children, including refugee children, migrant children, disabled children, street children and indigenous children, are still widely discriminated against.

Download the report: [+]

G. FRA Handbook on European law relating to access to justice

The handbook seeks to raise awareness of the relevant legal standards set by the European Union (EU) and the Council of Europe, particularly through the case law of the Court of Justice of the European Union and the European Court of Human Rights. The handbook is designed to serve as a practical guide for lawyers, judges and other legal practitioners involved in litigation in the EU and in Council of Europe member states, as well as for individuals who work for non-governmental organisations and other entities that deal with the administration of justice.

Download the handbook: [+]

We wish you all a pleasant summer.

Best regards,

Adélaïde Vanhove
Policy Officer - European Affairs
International Juvenile Justice Observatory (IJJO)