Sixth Annual Conference on
the Future of Adversarial and Inquisitorial Systems: The Future of Juvenile Justice
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.
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
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.
Sponsored by the UNC European Union Center of Excellence and UNC School of Law's Office of Continuing Legal Education.