During 22 – 23 October 2019, a regional conference in Sarajevo will launch the beginning of a new regional project on addressing violent extremism and radicalisation in prisons in Western Balkans, implemented under the auspices of the Horizontal Facility II Programme for Western Balkans and Turkey, funded by the European Union and the Council of Europe, with a duration of 36 months. It will provide for forum of sharing experience, information and practices among the six HF Beneficiaries (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo*, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia) on the different approaches in the Western Balkan penitentiary and probation systems when it comes to addressing the issue of radicalisation in prisons.
OSCE-wide Counter-Terrorism Conference is going to take place between 25-26 March in Bratislava, Slovakia. Organized by Slovakia’s 2019 OSCE Chairmanship with the support of the Action against Terrorism Unit of the OSCE Transnational Threats Department, and in close co-operation with other OSCE executive structures, within their respective mandates
This year’s annual OSCE-wide Counter-Terrorism Conference will bring together political representatives, national counter-terrorism co-ordinators, senior experts and practitioners from across the OSCE’s participating States and Partners for Co-operation to take stock of efforts to prevent and counter terrorism as well as violent extremism and radicalization that lead to terrorism (VERLT) in the OSCE area.
Experts from the United Nations and other international, regional and sub-regional organizations as well as civil society and the private sector are also invited to share their experiences and ideas.
Over the course of the two-day conference, participants will explore:
- Advances in international co-operation in countering terrorism and the implementation of good practices in preventing VERLT in the OSCE area
- Platforms that support co-operation and co-ordination between governments and civil society
- Programmes and approaches that help identify, divert and support individuals at risk of radicalization to terrorist violence such as referral mechanisms and pre-criminal interventions
- Prison-based and non-custodial programmes to rehabilitate and reintegrate terrorist offenders while ensuring due prosecution of their criminal actions
For more information please visit OSCE website here.
The Government of Montenegro, Montenegrin Police Directorate is organising a Conference entitled “Joint Response in the Field of Suppressing Illegal Migration and Impact on Terrorism” on 20 March in Budva, Montenegro.
The purpose of the conference is to identify and determine future models of cooperation in the work of police forces in terms of more intensive exchange of operational data and implementation of joint activities. Additionally, it will enable the exchange of practical experiences for better cross-border cooperation, contributing to the prevention and suppression of these threats at the regional and global level.
Northern Ireland Co-operation Overseas (NI-CO) and the WINPRO III Project team are organising the Final Conference of the EU Project “Cooperation in Criminal Justice: Strengthening Witness Protection in the Fight against Organised Crime, Terrorism and Corruption (WINPRO III)” funded under the IPA 2015 Multi-Beneficiary Programme. The conference will be held in Podgorica, Montenegro on 21st November 2018.
The purpose of the project was to increase the number of witnesses of crime coming forward to denounce and report criminal acts and to collaborate with justice to get the perpetrators convicted. These witnesses (and also victims) need to be assured that their lives and livelihood are duly protected and secured throughout the region and abroad.
Between 3-4 October, UNODC is organising the Regional Conference of Financial Investigations Units, in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina, hosted by the State Investigation and Protection Agency (SIPA) BiH. The event takes place in the framework of the IPAII2017 Multi-Country Action “Support to Integrative Internal Security Governance”.
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
The Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Serbia is organizing a Ministerial Conference on high-tech crime and information security under the slogan “Connect Securely!” in Belgrade, on 20th and 21st September 2018. The Conference is supported through the project Enhancing Cybersecurity Governance in the Western Balkans, implemented by the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF).
The conference aims to establish a political dialogue in the region on growing threats in cyberspace, to promote the role of international and regional cooperation, as well as cooperation with the private sector, with a view to achieving a higher level of information security and advancing the fight against high-tech crime.
The 2018 OSCE-wide Counter-Terrorism Conference on “The Reverse Flow of Foreign Terrorist Fighters (FTFs): Challenges for the OSCE Area and Beyond” will be held from 10 to 11 May 2018 in Rome.
The OSCE-wide Counter-Terrorism Conference will focus on the following topics:
– Trends and Dynamics of Returning or Relocating FTFs: Exchange of Views on National Experiences and International Co-operation
– Managing the Return/Relocation of FTFs: Strengthening Border Security and Information Sharing
– Addressing the Potential Threat of Returning and Relocating FTFs and their Affiliates: Rehabilitation and Reintegration Programs Within and Outside the Criminal Justice System
– Addressing Accompanying Family Members of FTFs: Legal Gaps, Juvenile Justice, Engaging with Civil Society.
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.
On 28th March, The Regional Anti-corruption Initiative (RAI) and the Advice on Individual Rights in Europe (AIRE) Centre are organizing a Regional Conference on Strengthening Cooperation in the Field of Asset Recovery, in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Conference is part of the project “Combating corruption in the Western Balkans and Strengthening Regional Cooperation in the field of Asset Recovery”, which is being implemented with support from the British Government and from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).
The objective of the Conference is to present the findings of the Study prepared by the AIRE Centre and the RAI Secretariat concerning search, seizure and confiscation of illegally obtained assets, with emphasis on final court judgments in corruption cases in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo*, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia. For more information about the conference, please visit RAI website here.