UNODC’s expert group meeting on tertiary education for justice

On the 7th and 8th of March, the IJJO and the APCJJ participated in an expert group meeting on tertiary education as a part of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime's (UNODC) Education for Justice (E4J) initiative.

The meeting was held in the UN's offices in Vienna. The E4J project was developed in response to the Doha Declaration, which was adopted at the conclusion of the 13th UN Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice held in Qatar, in April 2015. It called for the integration of crime prevention and criminal justice into the wider UN agenda and underscores the importance of education as a tool in crime and corruption prevention. It emphasises that youth education is fundamental in promoting a culture that supports rule of law and criminal justice.

The UNODC's Global Programme seeks to implement the Doha Declaration, and thus created the E4J initiative, which aims to create and disseminate education materials in UNODC mandated areas of crime prevention and criminal justice across the primary, secondary and tertiary education levels. The main objective of this expert group meeting on tertiary education was to bring together small teams and begin to translate the general objective of the initiative into more concrete plans through a holistic approach. It followed the previous meetings on primary and secondary education.

This meeting on university education, divided into various working groups, generated a set of practical recommendations as the participants discussed the ways and means of developing educational materials to support stronger teaching in the fields of organised crime, corruption, terrorism, crime prevention, cybercrime, criminal justice, trafficking in firearms, trafficking in persons, smuggling of migrants, and integrity and ethics. The recommendations proposed will ultimately direct the E4J's future activities.

The IJJO was represented by Cédric Foussard, International Affairs Director, and Raquel Jiménez Martos, Research and Project Director, in the working group devoted to the topic of criminal justice. The IJJO's Asia-Pacific Council for Juvenile Justice was also represented by member Wendy O'Brian, senior lecturer in Criminology at Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia. The meeting brought together over 80 key academics from around the globe.