TWGJJ Co-ordinators/Chairs: Professor Barry Goldson and Professor Jenneke Christiaens
The first meeting of the Thematic Working Group on Juvenile Justice (TWGJJ) took place at the European Society of Criminology Conference in Helsinki in August, 2003. Reports produced by members of the Group at that time led to the publication, in 2006, of the International Handbook of Juvenile Justice edited by Josine Junger-Tas and Scott H. Decker and published by Springer.
Further to a successful meeting of the TWGJJ at the European Society of Criminology Conference in Budapest in September, 2013, it is currently co-ordinated/chaired by Professor Barry Goldson, Department of Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology, University of Liverpool, UK and Professor Jenneke Christiaens, Law School, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium.
In addition to convening regular meetings and organising specialist juvenile justice sessions at annual European Society of Criminology conferences, the principal objectives of the TWGJJ are to:
- provide an arena for information exchange, critical analysis and debate across the European research, policy and practice communities;
- advance knowledge, understanding and research of juvenile justice issues across Europe and beyond.
To achieve the above the TWGJJ aims to:
- organise and host conferences, seminars and symposia;
- disseminate information through its networks and via scholarly publications;
- explore and facilitate opportunities for collaborative research and publication projects;
- respond to policy consultations and/or requests for information.
ESC members with research interests in juvenile justice are invited to join the renewed TWGJJ.