2015 World Congress on Juvenile Justice
The Swiss Government and Terre des Hommes organized the 2015 World Congress on Juvenile Justice. It took place in Geneva from 26th to 30th January 2015.
The conference gather more than 900 delegates from over 90 states and from civil society. The World Congress served as a forum for dialogue to encourage stakeholders on the international stage to work together for the improvement of responses to the issue of children in conflict with the law.
The event also focused on the responses to various specific situations children are face with.
“We must find solutions which don’t hinder the child’s development, but favor it,” noted Jean Zermatten, Founder of the International Institute for the Rights of the Child and former President of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child.
The World Congress on Juvenile Justice was concluded with the adoption of a Final Declaration promoting the principles of a child-friendly and restorative justice.
The Congress also permitted the creation of a new juvenile justice training to promote children’s rights. It consists of a continuing education certificate (CAS) at the university level in five languages, mainly in developing countries and implemented from the academic year 2015. This project was launched by Terre des Hommes Foundation (Lausanne) and the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA). Experts, professors and practitioners from all countries will be invited to share their knowledge and best practices on juvenile justice. The restorative approach to juvenile justice will be highlighted.
Why a World Congress on Juvenile Justice?
Despite progress achieved over the last decades, the improvement of the juvenile justice system remains a critical element for the respect of the best interest of children in conflict with the law as well as the interest of the society as a whole. This need is present regardless of the economic status of a country. Despite the vast diversity of judicial systems, the similar challenges arise such as detention conditions for children in conflict with the law, the respect of their rights, the efficiency of non-custodial measures, the advantages of restorative juvenile justice, the reform of the juridical system and the effective prevention of youth offending.
What are the objectives of the World Congress on Juvenile Justice ?
Legal instruments, norms and international standards exist. The Congress aims at promoting the implementation of these norms and standards through the exchange of experiences, innovations and best practices. The Congress will invite State actors and civil society to take actions for improved cooperation between the relevant stakeholders in each country, as well as for regional and international cooperation.
Congress Contact: JJ2015@tdh.ch
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