Is There, Should There Be, A European Criminology?
The question in the title could be interpreted in a number of ways. It could mean, is there and should there be a recognisably European scholarly community of people interested in crime and the justice system? The answers are obvious.Read more..
Although the institutional foundations of Czech criminology were laid only the 1960s, the roots of the discipline go much further into the past, namely to the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries. Like in other European countries, early Czech criminological thought grew out of two sources: legal science and early theoretical and empirical sociology. While this was not exceptional vis-à-vis other countries, it largely determined future debates, some of which continue to this day, about whether criminology’s position in the system of scientific disciplines is closer to penal law or sociology.Read more
The main purpose of most conferences is to offer a chance to meet colleagues, share knowledge and to do some „networking“, as it is usually said. Consequently, the location is probably more important than the theme. After a successful conference in Budapest, however, with more than 1,000 participants, we all feel the obligation to provide for all the needs and expectations of visitors not only in respect of Prague sights or the famous Czech beer, but also concerning intellectual excitement and stimulation. That is why we would like to start this invitation — a bit conventionally — with the idea, with the logos…Read more
During the first 12 conferences of the European Society of Criminology (ESC), a clear trend could be observed: the number of participants increased whenever the conferences were held in Mediterranean countries. Hence, Bologna 2007 and Bilbao 2012 held the records for attendance, with 806 and 792 participants, respectively. Then, along came Budapest.Read more
Europe, as a region, has witnessed unspeakable mass atrocity crimes and genocide, and Europeans have been involved as perpetrators in mass violence across the globe. However, Europe was also the site of the Nuremberg Trials, where for the first time perpetrators of such crimes were brought to justice. Europe has played a decisive role in the proliferation of legal instruments and procedures ever since then, including International Criminal Tribunals and the International Criminal Court. The world also owes the term ‘genocide’ to Raphael Lemkin, a Polish immigrant in the US.Read more
The European Working Group on Organisational Crime (EUROC) of the ESC aims to stimulate research in the field of white-collar crime and organisational crime in Europe, and to promote exchange and collaboration between the various European researchers and research groups working in this field.Read more
This has been an exciting year for the European Homicide Working Group on many fronts.Read more
As of March 2014, the European Quantitative Criminology (EQC) Working Group has been reorganised as the European Working Group on Quantitative Methods in Criminology (EQMC).Read more
The ESC Prison Life and Effects of Imprisonment Working Group was established in 2010. Starting with just 15 members, the Working Group has been growing through the years. Currently, 65 members from 20 different countries have joined.Read more
Further to a very well-attended meeting at the European Society of Criminology Conference in Budapest in September, 2013, the Thematic Working Group on Juvenile Justice (TWGJJ) was re-launched and it is currently chaired/co-ordinated by Professor Barry Goldson, Department of Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology, University of Liverpool, UK and Professor Jenneke Christiaens, Law School, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium (VUB, Free University of Brussels).Read more
The idea for the Gender, Crime and Criminal Justice Working Group, as a forum for sharing and debating ideas on gender, crime and criminal justice, emerged at the ESC conference in Ljubljana, Slovenia, in September 2009. Approval was sought from the ESC Executive, and the Working Group was launched at the 2010 conference in Liege.Read more
In late 2010 the new Sentencing & Penal Decision-Making Working Group was launched. Its aim is to develop academic and policy-oriented thinking, as well as to encourage new European collaborations. In just four years, the Working Group has expanded to over 70 members coming from 25 different European countries.Read more