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- August 19th, 2013 in Hobart, Tasmania
OVERVIEW: The International Society for the Reform of
Criminal Law will be holding its 26th annual conference, International
Responses to Social and Justice Challenges, in Hobart, Tasmania from August
15th – 19th this year.As in past years
the conference will provide an opportunity for updates on various international
criminal proceedings and international cooperative development.For the most part, however, the conference
will look at a number of challenges that are confronting national, regional and
international criminal justice institutions and governments on a variety of
issues that are deeply grounded in the social fabric of societies.
This year’s conference will examine the
challenges that vulnerable populations, particularly women and children,
present as they come into contact with the criminal justice system as victims
of violence and abuse, witnesses and as perpetrators of crime. Conference
participants will also explore the relationships between mental illness and
criminal behavior, including violence, and look at mentally ill people as
victims of violence rather than just perpetrators. The conference will feature
innovative and effective approaches for addressing the challenges associated
with these populations from a criminal justice perspective.
Another matter in question that has sparked
emotional debate as countries increase their efforts to reduce crime is that of
firearms legislation and control.The
conference will look at the desirability and effectiveness of firearm controls
and legislation at the national level and explore the developments
internationally to promote cooperation among States to prevent and eradicate
the illegal manufacturing and trafficking in firearms.
Corruption is another complex social,
political and economic phenomenon that affects all countries. Within the
overarching theme of supporting international cooperation on all of the issues
discussed the conference will look at the complexities of establishing viable
anti-corruption regimes in view of the differing standards and processes that
exist throughout nations.
The conference will provide a forum for
judges, prosecutors, policy-makers, representatives of law enforcement agencies
and concerned citizens to discuss these challenges from a range of perspectives
and try to establish how we can best formulate the criminal law and policy
response to these difficult situations moving forward. The ISRCL anticipates a
forward-looking conference that recognizes international perspectives on these
important issues and contributes to the development of a fair, evidence-based
criminal justice and security agenda.