Between 25-27 September 2018, the University of Maribor, Faculty of Criminal Justice and Security is organizing the Twelfth Biennial International Conference on Criminal Justice & Security in Central and Eastern Europe, in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
Starting in 1996 and reconvening for its twelfth session in 2018, the Conference has focused on and dealt with a wide variety of topics related to security issues. Based on the principles of collaboration and information exchange among different levels and types of stakeholders, the conference will strive to address contemporary challenges in the field of criminal justice and security and to highlight new ideas, theories, methods, and findings in a wide range of research and applied areas relating to policing, criminology, security issues, and social control issues.
As each Biennial International Conference on Criminal Justice & Security in Central and Eastern Europe theme differs, this year’s theme is entitled “From Common Sense to Evidence-based Policymaking“. Defense, security and foreign policy, has due to recent events that challenged internal security in Europe, pressed the need for “substantive evidence to underpin policy formulation to ensure the best use of limited resources when dealing with significant challenges”[i]. With this in mind, this year’s conference will emphasize the need for academic expertise in policymaking. By prioritizing research finding, data, analytics, evaluation of new innovations in policy decisions at every level of government, as well as at various points in the policymaking process, the evidence-based policymaking approach aims to improve the effectiveness of governments programs or policies. Based on four principles (i. rigorous evidence, ii. program monitoring, iii. improvement/scale/redirection of programs, and iv. innovation and test of new approaches), the evidence-based policymaking scope is to encourage transparency and accountability by clearly defining the policy/program goals, and executing independent ex-post evaluations, to identify whether those goals were achieved[ii].
The conference is co-organized by IISG (with the financial support of the European Commission within the IPA II 2016 regional action entitled “Support to Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism in the Western Balkans”), hosted by DCAF Ljubljana. For more information about the conference, please visit their website here.
[i] Benedict Wilkinson, Maria Giulia Amadio Viceré & Erin Montague (2017) Navigating the Unknown: Barriers to Evidence-Based Defence and Security Policy in the European Union, The International Spectator, 52:1, 88-99
[ii] Urban Institute (2016) Principles of Evidence-Based Policymaking. Available at: http://www.evidencecollaborative.org/principles-evidence-based-policymaking