Juvenile Justice: Comparative, Transnational, International—Chapel Hill, NC

The University of North Carolina Law School hosts The Future of Juvenile Justice, the Sixth Conference on the Future of Adversarial and Inquisitorial Systems, April 10-12, 2014. The coordinator is Prof. Tamar Birckhead, University of North Carolina. Juvenile Criminal Justice and Human Rights: International and Transnational Perspectives, a pre-conference for young scholars, will be held April 10, 2014. The coordinator of the pre-conference is Solange Mouthaan, University of Warwick.

The mounting crime control preoccupations of criminal justice leave little room for more nuanced understandings of children and young people, who are increasingly demonized as amoral and anti-social or portrayed as victims of abuse. This year the main conference and the preconference for young scholars will address two different aspects of the changing face of juvenile justice: the main conference will address juvenile justice from a comparative point of view, while the pre-conference will address juvenile justice in transnational and international law.

At the main conference this year established scholars from North America and the European Union will meet to explore juvenile justice in a comparative context. This will include the extent to which distinctions between juvenile and adult criminal offenders are acknowledged; the approach to prevention of juvenile delinquency; the minimum age of criminal responsibility; the extent to which minors require different and additional procedural rights to adults; and developments in non-formal approaches to juvenile crime. Some jurisdictions provide for a separate legal regime for children between the ages of 10 and 17, with separate procedures, judges and courts. Some even eschew the criminal regime completely, avoiding the stigma of criminal charges, but also the safeguards of criminal procedure.

This event also features a Pre-Conference for Young Scholars on Thursday, April 10, 2014. Further details to come, registration will open in Spring 2014.

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The Conference cycle on the Future of Adversarial and Inquisitorial Systems is a collaboration between the University of Warwick (UK), the University of North Carolina (USA), the University of Bologna-Ravenna (Italy) and the University of Basel (Switzerland). Information about past conferences is here.

For more information, contact Prof. Michael Corrado.

Hat tip: Washington and Lee Law Faculty Scholarship Blog.