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World Crime Forum

Australian Institute of Criminology, Canberra
30 October 2013

The criminal justice system in Europe—how do people view it?

Organised by the Australian Institute of Criminology and the International Society for Criminology

The Australian Forum for 2013 will take the form of a discussion led by Professor Dr Stephan Parmentier that will explore the issue of how the criminal justice system is viewed in Europe, with a discussion by a panel of eminent Australian criminologists on the similarities and differences. The Forum will be chaired by Dr Adam Tomison, CEO and Director, AIC.


Chairperson: Dr Adam Tomison
CEO and Director, Australian Institute of Criminology

10:00am Welcome and introduction to the World Crime Forum

10:15am Keynote lecture: The criminal justice system in Europe: how do people view it?

Speaker: Professor Dr Stephan Parmentier, Secretary-General, International Society for Criminology; Coordinator, Research Line on Political Crimes, Human Rights and Human Security, Leuven Institute of Criminology (LINC), Faculty of Law, KU Leuven - University of Leuven

11:00am Panel discussion:

  • Professor Rick Sarre, President, Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology, and Professor, University of South Australia
  • Dr Russell G Smith, Principal Criminologist, Australian Institute of Criminology
  • Professor Peter Grabosky, Australian National University
  • Further speakers TBA

12:30pm Questions and answers

1:00pm Concluding comments, Dr Russell G Smith

1:30pm Close

The World Crime Forum will be videotaped and later put at the disposal of the ISC for further dissemination.


Stephan Parmentier

Stephan Parmentier studied law and sociology at the K.U. Leuven (Belgium) and sociology and conflict resolution at the Humphrey Institute for Public Affairs, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities (USA). He currently teaches sociology of crime, law, and human rights at the Faculty of Law of the K.U. Leuven, and has served as the head of the Department of Criminal Law and Criminology (2005-2009).

In July 2010 he was appointed Secretary-General of the International Society for Criminology and he also serves on the Advisory Board of the Oxford Centre of Criminology and on the Board of the International Institute for Sociology of Law (Oñati).

He has been a visiting professor at the International Institute for Sociology of Law in Oñati (Spain) and the universities for Peace (San José, Costa Rica), New South Wales (Sydney, Australia) and Tilburg (the Netherlands), and a visiting scholar at the universities of Stellenbosch (South Africa), Oxford (UK) and New South Wales (Sydney, Australia). Stephan Parmentier was the editor-in-chief of the Flemish Yearbook on Human Rights and is currently the co-general editor of the new international book Series on Transitional Justice.

He has served as an advisor to the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture, the Belgian Minister of the Interior, the King Baudouin Foundation, and Amnesty International. His research interests include political crimes, transitional justice and human rights, and the administration of criminal justice. Between 1999-2002 he served as the vice-president of the Flemish section of Amnesty International.

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