Twelfth Biennial International Conference on Criminal Justice & Security in Central and Eastern Europe

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].

For more information about the conference, please visit their website here.

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[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

Regional Expert Workshop and Conference “Countering online radicalization in the context of cyber security”

Between 17- 18 April 2018 the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) is organising a two-day regional workshop and conference, entitled “Countering online radicalisation in the context of cybersecurity” in Belgrade, Serbia.

The event will be divided into four panels, during which experts and participants from the region and the European Union, will address questions and share experiences related to online terrorist and violent extremist propaganda, fake news and hate speech, cyber-attacks and other.

For more information please visit RCC website here.

Border Security and Management Seminar

This Seminar purpose is to support the implementation of the Border Security and Management Concept of the OSCE Participating States in South-Eastern Europe. And is a continuation of the border security and management event series organized by RACVIAC, in cooperation with DCAF Office Ljubljana, and the OSCE Border Security and Management Unit.

Its aims are:

  1. To continue addressing the challenges in border security and management;
  2. To identify current and future challenges;
  3. To support the implementation of the Border Security and Management Concept of the OSCE Participating States and other international and regional initiatives.

For more information please visit the RACVIAC website here.

Support to Peaceful Resolution of Conflicts, Reconciliation, Respect for Diversity and Community Security

The objective was to support respect for diversity, community security in Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as to conduct and establish Citizens Community Security Forums in targeted municipalities.

Main activities:

  • established coordination among local stakeholders in creating and defining an operational security plan,
  • identified and defined risks and offered solutions for security concerns in local communities,
  • brought together local actors, such as the local administration, citizens, and nongovernmental organizations, and implemented joint actions in addressing the priorities as defined in the security plan, and
  • will establish 21 citizen security forums in selected local communities/ municipalities throughout the country in order to to prevent criminal activities that may significantly slow down and impede development prospects.

A Concept Note will be prepared for 2017-2020.

For more information please visit the UNDP BiH Website.