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  2018 International Society for the Reform of Criminal Law Conference

The Scourge of Trafficking in the 21st Century: Trafficking in humans, drugs, wildlife, and trafficking in antiquities to fund terrorism

July 16th - 18th, 2018
Centre Mont-Royal
Montreal, QC, Canada

In 2018 ISRCL tackles the many issues surrounding trafficking: in humans, wildlife, drugs, firearms and antiquities. We will examine trafficking as a source of funding for terrorists and organized crime. The focus will include the scope of the problem, enforcement strategies, legislative reforms and policies, international responses, extradition and evidentiary issues. The conference chaired by Chief Justice Nicole Duval Hesler will appeal to the judiciary, prosecution and defence lawyers, legal policy drafters, academics and law enforcement.

For more information or to register, please visit http://www.cvent.com/events/the-scourge-of-trafficking-in-the-21st-century/event-summary-151691db89d14286b8ea873e0b4fdf71.aspx

2018 NABCJ Annual Conference

45th Annual Conference and Training Institute of the National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice (NABCJ) will be held at the Royal Sonesta Houston Galleria Hotel in Houston, TX during the period of Sunday through Thursday, July 15-19, 2018. 

Pre-Conference Training and Community Services Activities and other Special Events will be held Friday and Saturday, July 13-14, 2018.

For more details visit us at our website: www.nabcj.org or call us at 919-683-1801


    Call for Papers: Gender, Crime and Criminal Justice

    A great deal of theoretical and empirical work has established that gender is one of the strongest, and most persistent, correlates of criminal offending and victimization. This association holds across time and across space. Additionally, gender and gendered views can shape law making itself, influencing the criminalization and stigmatization of behaviors, which can further integrate gendered cultural structures and offending. Simply, if one wants to understand crime (be it offending, victimization, or criminalization), one must understand its gendered nature. [...]

    For further reading, please follow the link to the Special Issue Website at: http://www.mdpi.com/si/socsci/Gender_Crime_Criminal_Justice

    The submission deadline is 30 December 2018. You may send your manuscript now or up until the deadline. Submitted papers should not be under consideration for publication elsewhere. We also encourage authors to send a short abstract or tentative title to the Editorial Office in advance (socsci@mdpi.com). 

    Social Sciences is fully open access. Open access (unlimited and free access by readers) increases publicity and promotes more frequent citations, as indicated by several studies. Open access is supported by the authors and their institutes. We are very pleased to announce that Social Sciences has been accepted for funding by the Knowledge Unlatched initiative (http://www.knowledgeunlatched.org). The Article Processing Charges (350 CHF) for papers published in the journal are fully covered via the Knowledge Unlatched crowd-funding mechanism. Please note this is a pilot program experimenting ways to support authors in the humanities and social sciences fields publishing in open access format. 

    For further details on the submission process, please see the instructions for authors at the journal website (http://www.mdpi.com/journal/socsci/instructions). 

    Calls for Submission to a Special Issue

    Calls for Submissions to a Special Issue of the

    International Journal of Comparative and Applied Criminal Justice
    Making Rights Real: Rights Protection for Crime Victims

    Special Issue Editors: Prof. Paul Cassell, Dr. Robyn Holder, A/Prof. Tyrone Kirchengast

    Since the 1985 UN Declaration of Basic Principles of Justice for Victims of Crime and Abuse of Power, countries have legislated to recognize the special status of victims within criminal procedures and to set out the basic obligations of police, prosecutors, courts, and corrections to respond. Alongside legislated legal reforms, civil society groups have pressed for greater recognition of and protections for specific victimized populations to enable access to justice. At their introduction, rights instruments were faulted as soft law and lacking enforcement provisions. Rights for victims, it was said, were not ‘real’. However, while there have been advances in many areas, there has been no comprehensive compilation of scholarship on contemporary practice in the promotion, protection, and enforcement of rights for crime victims.


    The Special Issue of the International Journal of Comparative and Applied Criminal Justice (IJCACJ) aims to fill this gap in the academic literature by bringing together research on these dispersed activities in one volume. It will comprise a comprehensive and comparative review of existing crime victims’ regimes, critical reflection on their efficacy, and suggestions for future reforms. Contributors from different countries and different legal systems are invited to submit articles (6000 words) that are conceptual and/or empirical. Data-driven pieces may be quantitative or qualitative or mixed. The Special Issue will pay particular attention to existing practices with a view to influencing future policy and law reform. In order to paint this comprehensive but pragmatic picture, contributions will examine (but not be limited to):

    ·         Strategic litigation

    ·         Human rights as framework for victims’ rights

    ·         Civil society advocacy

    ·         Statutory rights protecting entities

    ·         Strengths and limitations of policy directives

    ·         Deploying third-party legal mechanisms

    ·         New roles for private counsel for victims

    ·         Commissions of inquiries and law reform


    Submission Instructions

    Contributions should be submitted directly to the IJCACJ through ScholarOne with the subject line as Special Issue: Victim Rights. Each article will be reviewed by ‘blind’ peer assessors selected by the IJCACJ in their usual process. Guest editors will offer a preliminary review of contributions. Publication is not automatic. Contributions for the special issue will comply with the IJCACJ guidelines. The deadline for all contributions is 1st March 2019 with a view to online publication in December 2019.


    Further information is available at:



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