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  2018 AASAR Annual Conference

International Conference on Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment in Asia & 2018 AASAR Annual Conference

Annual Meeting 2018

Nanning, Guangxi, China

November 7-12, 2018


International Conference on Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment in Asia

Purpose and Programs

Substance abuse is a common problem faced by most countries in the world including Asia. Recognition and understanding of past trends and future directions of substance abuse serve as a basis for effective policies and practices to reduce drug problems. Through years of effort, government agencies, nongovernmental organizations, and scholars in Asia and across the world have developed many successful programs to combat substance abuse. These knowledge and experiences contributed significantly to our understanding of substance abuse as a social problem and the strategies to deal with it. The main purpose of this conference is to bring together government officials and policymakers, leading scholars, and substance abuse treatment providers of diverse backgrounds from Asian countries to discuss opportunities, strategies, and challenges in substance abuse research, prevention and treatment. While it focuses on Asia, the conference also aims at facilitating collaboration between Asian and non-Asian countries. We can learn much from the insights and experiences of scholars and professionals who are involved in substance abuse research and practices elsewhere in the world and from scientific evidence accumulated through research and program evaluations. Therefore, we will also welcome participants from other parts of the world who will bring international or comparative perspectives on substance abuse prevention and treatment or who will share information and ideas about developing effective policy responses to the problem of substance abuse.


The conference will focus on the following themes:

  1. Reducing drug-related crime (policing, preventing, controlling and regulating drug-related crime)
  2. Anti-drugs law
  3. Types, distributions, and trends of substance abuse
  4. Causes and consequences of substance abuse
  5. Prevention and treatment of substance abuse
  6. Adolescent substance abuse problems
  7. Collaboration on substance abuse research and practice
  8. Scientific advancement and methodology


For more information or to register, please visit http://www.aasar.asia/index.php/news/view/58

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:



The 21th UNAFEI UNCAC Training Programme

The 21th UNAFEI UNCAC Training Programme

More information available at http://www.unafei.or.jp/english/

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