Dear ECJJ members,

Please find below a short summary of our last activities:

A. New IJJO project awarded

This European research, called “Implementing Restorative Justice with Child Victims” was awarded under the DAPHNE call of the European Commission (DAPHNE JUST/2015/SPOB/AG/VICT).

It aims, through pilot projects in 3 EUMS, to implement successful practices of juvenile restorative justice in the EU in order to address the needs of young victims of crime in the most satisfying ways.

The partnership of this project includes 8 ECJJ members and is composed by:

-The European Forum of Restorative Justice, Belgium
- The National Institute for Health and Welfare, Finland
- The Youth Justice Agency, Northern Irelan, UK
- KU Leuven, Belgium
- Ulster University, Northern Irelan, UK
- The State Probation Service, Latvia
- PROVIDUS, Latvia
- Direction de la Protection Judiciaire de la Jeunesse (French Ministry of Justice), France
- Institut Français de Justice Restaurative, France
- Social Activities and Practice Institute, Bulgaria

B. Project "The prevention of juvenile radicalisation: Promoting the use of alternatives to detention through judicial training"

The IJJO has hired two consultants to help in the research of this European project. Ms. Marzena Kordaczuk-Wąs (Adviser in the Prevention Department, National Police Headquarters of Poland and member of the Radicalization Awaresess Network)) and Ms. Lili-Anne de Jongh (Freelance researcher in counter-terrorism, violent extremism, human rights and juvenile justice, Leiden University, Netherlands) will work alongside project partners during the next two years and will be responsible for the drafting of the Manual summarising the responses available for criminal justice professionals.

C. Presentation of European good practices of alternatives to detention for young offenders in Asia and Latin America

On August 16-18th, 2016, UNICEF East-Asia Pacific Regional Office (EAPRO) held a Regional Workshop on Diversion and Other Alternative Measures for Children in Conflict with the Law in Bangkok, Thailand.

The IJJO was invited to give a skype presentation on European practices of alternatives to detention for young offenders. Represented by Ms. Sophie Duroy, the IJJO presented its publication ‘Alternatives to Detention for Juvenile Offenders: Manual of good practices in Europe’ as well as its European Research on Restorative Juvenile Justice, and the findings, practices and models of alternatives to detention transferable to other regions.

On August 30th, 2016, UNICEF Uruguay organised an international seminar on the rights of children, urban security and alternatives to detention in Montevideo. Mr. Cédric Foussard represented the IJJO and also presented the J.O.D.A. project and its manual on Alternatives to Detention for Juvenile Offenders in Europe.

D. Children’s rights experts hold a webinar discussion on the current state of the Sustainable Development Goals

On the 23rd of August the Child Rights Connect network hosted a webinar on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in the context of their implementation phase at national level. The IJJO participated in this seminar as part of this network, reaffirming its commitment to the promotion of the goals related to children’s rights, and in particular goal 16.2 (ending abuse, exploitation, trafficking and all forms of violence and torture against children).

The exchange touched upon various topics regarding the SDGs, including: challenges to implementation, the shift of responsibility towards national agents, the potential opportunities arising from partnerships, private sector involvement, monitoring of progress, relevant indicators, and the links between existing human rights bodies and the SDGs.

The IJJO is fully engaged in taking actions in line with the SDGs, which are closely linked to the Observatory’s mandate.
For more information, please visit: [+]

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

The CEP (the Confederation of European Probation) organised an international seminar on ‘Working with young adult offenders’ (age group: 16-25 years old) in Lillestrøm, Norway on 31 August- 1 September 2016.

The IJJO, represented by Ms. Sophie Duroy, gave a presentation on ”Child-friendly measures applicable to young adults”, recommending that young adults be treated as juveniles in the justice and sentencing process due to their maturity and development levels and to their specific needs.

The programme, with representations from many different countries witnessed contributions from Norway, The Netherlands, the United States of America, Catalonia, Slovenia, Estonia, Belgium, England and Scotland, including ECJJ members Jolande uit Beijerse (Netherlands, Rotterdam University), Jako Salla (Estonia, Ministry of Justice), Maartje Berger (Netherlands, Defence for Children International) and Annemieke Wolthuis (Netherlands, European Forum for Restorative Justice).

Combining plenary sessions and workshops, the Conference was the opportunity to discuss in particular the following subjects:

-transitions between juvenile and adult penal settings;
- dealing with juvenile extremist offenders;
- various health-based and motivational approaches
- practical and outreaching work with young adult offenders;
- practices of restorative justice in various settings;
- working with young adult foreign offenders, young adult female offenders etc.
- entrepreneurship as a way of reducing re-offending
- climate studies in institutions for young adult offenders

Many local initiatives and projects were also presented during workshop sessions. The full programme can be accessed here and the presentations of speakers will soon be available online.


F. International Congress on the concept and determination of the superior interest of the child in international jurisprudence, comparative law and Spanish law. Valencia (Spain) – October 17-18th

The "International Congress on the concept and determination of the superior interest of the child in international jurisprudence, comparative law and Spanish law" will take place in Valencia (Spain) during 17th and 18th of October.

It will showcase how international human rights protection institutions (judicial, quasi judicial, and universal in the framework of the United Nations and American and European regions, and in the framework of the EU, the European Council and the Organization of American States) as well as the judicial institutions of various countries (Peru, Chile, Mexico, Morocco and Italy) and the Spanish courts, identify, define and implement the superior interest of the child in their daily practice.

The IJJO is a partner of the event. For more information, please visit:[+]

G. Seminar on the impact of detention on prisoners: impact assessment of detention, juvenile justice in relation to detention, the transfer of prisoners - Madrid, 27 -28th October 2016

This seminar is organised by ERA, and is the third seminar in a series of five co -funded by the European Commission on issues related to detention. It will focus on the impact of detention on prisoners, as well as issues related to juvenile justice and detention, especially Directive (EU) 2016/800 on procedural safeguards for children who are suspects or accused persons in criminal proceedings, as well as issues surrounding the proper use of Framework Decision 2008/909/JHA on the transfer of prisoners. The IJJO is a partner in this European research and in this event, and will actively participate in the seminar.

More info and programme here: [+]

H. Conference "Children: witnessing the crime. The next day" organised by the Constanteion Institute of Criminology and Forensic Sciences - Nicosia, Cyprus, 8th of October.

This Conference will bring together experts from different European countries to discuss and share examples on good practices and recommendations to improve the juvenile justice system of Cyprus and the protection of the rights of the child, in particular the child witness or victim of crime. IJJO will be represented by Ms. Avril Calder, President of the International Association of Judges and Member of the ECJJ.

For more information (only available in Greek), please visit: [+]

I. The 9th International Conference of the Faculty of Education and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Zagreb-ERFCON 2017, Zagreb, Croatia, May 17th to May 19th 2017

The ECJJ member Faculty of Education and Rehabilitation Sciences is the regional centre of learning and development in the fields of special and inclusive education and rehabilitation, speech-language pathology and social pedagogy.

You are welcome to join the scientific discussion among international experts, to share, learn and discuss recent theoretical and applied scientific findings through different forms of participation, as well as to create new social networks.

For other information and application, form, please refer to: (the page is regularly updated)


J. ECJJ member Jessica Filippi publishes new article on French experimental judicial placement for young offenders

Experimented in the North region of France since 2015, the project called “Home Support Educative Unit” (in French: unité educative d’accompagnement à domicile) is reviewed by Jessical Filippi in an article available here (in French): [+]

K. New ECJJ members

In the last few months, we have been pleased to welcome the following members in our network:

- The Erasmus School of Law of the Erasmus University of Rotterdam represented by Ms. Jolande uit Beijerse, Associate Professor, Erasmus University Rotterdam , Erasmus School of Law.
- The Netherlands Helsinki Committee represented by Ms. Barbora Pomsarova, Project Manager.
- The Helsinki Foundation of Human Rights of Poland represented by Ms. Katarzyna Wiśniewska, Human Rights Lawyer.
- The French National Academy for Youth Protection and Juvenile Justice represented by Ms. Jessica Filippi, Researcher and Professor in Private Law and Criminology.
- The Department of Criminology, Faculty of Law and Criminology of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) represented by Ms. Dr. Els Dumortier, Professor.

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