The Regional Overview Report 'Children, the Justice System, Violent Extremism and Terrorism: An Overview of Law, Policy and Practice in Six European Countries' has been recently published on the IJJO website. It explores what happens to children when they come to the attention of the criminal justice authorities as a result of alleged involvement with terrorist activity in six European countries (Austria, Belgium, Croatia, France, Germany and the Netherlands). It is also based upon input from practitioners in Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia and Portugal.
This report is available in It is available in English, French, Spanish, German and Dutch.
It considers if the existing law and policy frameworks are sufficient in terms of their compliance with international and regional standards on justice for children and highlights some promising practices that are currently being used to strengthen criminal justice and protection systems for children.
The National Reports who have been the basis for the Regional Overview Report have also been published on the IJJO website, in English language. These national reports come from Austria, Belgium, Croatia, France, Germany, Hungary, Latvia and the Netherlands. These reports examine the current situation of children suspected of or convicted of terrorism in their respective countries and describe some promising practices that are being used to strengthen criminal justice systems for children in a counter-terrorism context.
Both publications have been coordinated and published by the International Juvenile Justice Observatory. They are part of the European project ‘Strengthening Juvenile Justice Systems in the counter-terrorism context: Capacity-building and peer learning among stakeholders’, cofunded by the European Union’s Justice Programme (2014-2020). Their contents are the sole responsibility of the authors, and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Commission.
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