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Definition and Mission

The International Juvenile Justice Observatory was conceived as an inter-disciplinary system of information, communication, debates, analysis and proposals concerning different areas which affect the development of juvenile justice in the world. The observatory offers different services in French, English and Spanish as well as other languages, addressed to entities, professionals and individuals from all over the world involved and interested in the subject. It seeks to be rigorous and independent in its work, its reflections and its proposals concerning Juvenile Justice, as well as minors and young people in social difficulties, with behavioural problems or in conflict with the law.

The focus of the work undertaken by the International Juvenile Justice Observatory centres on issues relating to minors and young people in conflict with the law. The political, legislative, police-related, socio-educational and scientific responses developed in each country should be concrete and applicable. The main objective established is the development of minors and young people so they can acquire the skills they need to become free citizens outside the circuits of exclusion and reclusion.

The international phenomenon of juvenile delinquency and, as a consequence, the evolution of juvenile justice should be studied and analysed from a global perspective taking into account the plurality of situations worldwide. From these official reports, the International Juvenile Justice Observatory generates impartial proposals for change taking into account economic, political, social and legal policies, the objective being to favour the harmonisation of policies affecting juveniles and young offenders.

The mission of the International Juvenile Justice Observatory is to bring an international and inter-disciplinary vision of juvenile justice in order to create a future for minors and young people all over the world who are in situations of exclusion leading to infringements of the law. It promotes international development strategies of appropriate policies, legislations and intervention methods within the context of a global juvenile justice without borders. The IJJO agrees to promote and work respecting the following international texts:

These rules, as well as the Convention, represent the will of the international community, expressed by the recommendations of the United Nations General Assembly on Children of 2002 "A world fit for children".



The Foundation's aim is to create a permanent international service which functions as a place for meeting, work and reflection for professionals working in the fields of law, psychology, medicine, sociology, teaching, criminology and education. Professional associations, political groups, legislators, security services, institutions, administrations and non-governmental organisations will also be able to participate in this project. All these institutions and professionals, concerned by the situation of children in conflict with the law, are therefore invited to propose appropriate and effective international responses.

Specific objectives:

  • To develop a permanent, international forum of analysis, knowledge and mutual reflection on legislation, models of intervention and research on a world-wide scale in order to tackle the problem of juvenile delinquency.
  • To promote the international rapprochement of different ways of tackling the problem: legal, psychological, criminological, social, educational, cultural, police, medical, etc.
  • To promote global, national and local analyses linked to this phenomenon, analysing the different issues relating to young people in conflict with the law in all its forms.
  • To create, from different disciplines, networks of experts collaborating in the development of new initiatives which anticipate the challenges posed by a constantly changing situation.
  • To contribute to the improvement of intervention in terms of legislation, education, justice, police, health and social issues, thus creating codes of good practice.
  • To become a space without borders offering support to professionals, institutes and organisations and thus enable the exchange of international knowledge and experience by means of databases, conferences, workshops and seminars organised by the International Juvenile Justice Observatory.
  • To provide information and support to developing countries about procedures for applying laws on the criminal liability of minors and young people.
  • To promote the creation of an international network of juvenile justice observers.
  • To sensitise and inform global public opinion in order to favour solidarity and commitment concerning present and future issues relating to young offenders.
  • To encourage the creation and development of international gatherings in the field of juvenile justice which seek, among other things, to the intervention and development of educational programmes and the research and diffusion of experiences relating to minors and young people in situations of social exclusion.



The International Juvenile Justice Observatory achieve these aims by carrying out the following activities:

  1. The creation of a space which serves as a meeting point between professionals, institutions, experts and administrations of different countries. Their work will mainly centre on juvenile justice.
  2. The creation of networks of experts, work groups and committees with a view to analysing, comparing and disseminating scientific approaches and good practices.
  3. The setting-up and development of databases serving as a reference for international actors, thus contributing towards decision-making in the area of juvenile justice.
  4. The promotion, production and dissemination of research work through the awarding of grants, the signing of collaboration agreements, requests for subsidies for periodicals and one-off publications, and any initiatives in line with the Observatory's objectives which help to generate and disseminate information in this area.
  5. The diffusion and dissemination of experiences, work and materials resulting from the Observatory's initiatives, or obtained from others, through the organising of congresses, courses, seminars, conference series, etc.
  6. The setting up of specialised training for the improvement of professionals who work with minors and young people subject to judicial measures, through the signing of collaboration agreements with universities and public and private institutions.
  7. Advisory and consultation activities for public and private organisations, developing countries and non-governmental organisations on issues related to the Observatory's objectives.
  8. The undertaking of contracts, agreements and understandings with people or public or private organisations in order to develop projects of a scientific nature related to the Observatory's objectives.
  9. The diffusion of "minimum standards" in the different areas of juvenile justice and rights of the child.
  10. The creation of documentary resources, on-line libraries, scientific reviews, electronic bulletins and thematic distribution lists linked to the main objective of the International Juvenile Justice Observatory.
  • International Juvenile Justice Observatory (IJJO). Belgian Public Utility Foundation

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  • Head Office: Rue Armand Campenhout, nº 72 bte 10. 1050. Brussels. Belgium

    Phone: 00 32 262 988 90. Fax: 00 32 262 988 99. oijj@oijj.org

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