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  9th Annual Conference of the Victimology Society of Serbia

It is our pleasure to invite you to the IX Annual Conference of the Victimology Society of Serbia New and Old Forms of Victimization: Challenges for Victimology Theory and Practice, which will be held on 29th and 30th November 2018 in Belgrade.

Within the main Conference topic, the focus will be on reconsidering and reimagining new and old forms of victimization, their characteristics and social responses to them, particularly in the context of the development of new technologies, globalization and fast social and economic changes.

The keynote speakers are:

Prof. dr Robert Peacock: Emerging victimisation patterns: A critical appraisal of conceptual theoretical frameworks with reference to the uniqueness of local context, generalizability and praxis in a globalized world

Prof. dr Anabel Cerezo: Understanding Cyber Teen Dating Abuse

Prof. dr May-Len Skilbrei: Transnational crimes, perpetrators and victims: How mobility challenges victim support and prosecution

Prof. dr Vesna Nikolić-Ristanović: Violence against women and teaching at higher education institutions in Serbia

Prof. dr Nevena Petrusic: Research of the practice of Serbian courts in the processing of domestic violence cases: methodological approaches and achieved results

Prof. dr Sladjana Jovanovic: New criminal justice responses of the Republic of Serbia on violence against women

Doc. dr Natalija Zunic: Research of the practice of Serbian courts in the processing of domestic violence cases: methodological approaches and achieved results

Dr Sanja Copic: Development of the legislative and institutional framework for the support and protection of women victims of violence

Dr Tanja Ignjatovic: Violence against women by child misuse: challenges in assessments and interventions

More information about conference, registration form and call for abstract you could find on the following link: http://www.vds.rs/DevetaGKVDS_RegistracioniListEng.htm and http://www.vds.rs/DevetaGKVDS_PozivZaDostavljanjeApstrakataEng.htm

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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