Observatorio Europeo de Justicia Juvenil - OEJJ

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Welcome Letter

European countries, because of their social, political and economic cohesion, and because they are political systems in which democracy is already consolidated, have adopted the principles of the most relevant international rules in their legislations and practices, using as a reference the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
In these European models prevails the principle of the minor’s best interest prevails as an element that needs to be taken into account throughout the whole of the intervention process, from the police detention, going through the investigation and trial phase, until the fulfilment of the imposed measure or sanction. The globalizing effect in the European context is not only found in the initial stages of the offending action, but we can also talk about globalisation in manifestations of delinquence such as school violence, gang-related crime, intra-family violence, the use of internet and new technologies to commit offences, etc.
The interest that juvenile delinquency has generated in European society has caused various supranational organisms to speak out on this issue: the Council of Europe, the European Parliament, the European Economic and Social Committee and the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights have all, in different ways, included juvenile justice and the protection of minors’ rights as a fundamental objective of their actions.
On the other hand, the creation by European Union institutions of a common space of freedom, security and justice in order to guarantee their citizens’ security, leads to the cooperation between Member States on police, criminal and legal matters.
On this point, the wide variety of legal treatments for juvenile delinquency in different European countries can not only result in substantial inequalities but can also interfere negatively with mutual cooperation and the acknowledgement of administrative or judicial decisions, cooperation which is already taking place in criminal justice for adults. These crime and security policies  have to be combined in the field of minors, at all times, with others that belong to competences of the European Union such as social policy, employment,the protection of population groups at risk of social exclusion, the protection of children and youth, etc.
It is in this context that the International Juvenile Justice Observatory, created in 2003, decided to create a European Juvenile Justice Observatory.

At the EOJJ we aim to obtain a general and multidisciplinary vision of the juvenile justice situation in European countries in order to draw conclusions that allow for progress and improvement in the treatment of minors in conflict with criminal law. This European Observatory considers that the progress that has already been made on our continent in the field of juvenile delinquency and youth justice constitute a common patrimony for European countries, which should be preserved and should constitute a basis from which to continue to progress and to improve. This is the task the European Observatory wishes to carry out in coordination with European, state and regional institutions as well as academic and civil organisations committed to children and young people at risk of social exclusion and conflict with the law.
This is our wish to contribute to making these achievements and new strategies and goals known by all European citizens, providing a channel for truthful and professional information by means of social communication, so that those who have the capacity to take decisions, can do so with the support of a rigorously and objectively informed public opinion.
Yours sincerely


Sylvie Rousteau



Mrs. Sylvie Rousteau
European Juvenile Justice Observatory (EJJO)

European Juvenile Justice Observatory (EJJO) - 50, Rue Mercelis, 1050 - Brussels - BELGIUM - Phone: 00 32 262 98890 - oejj@oejj.org