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Special Issue Call for Papers

International Journal of Comparative and Applied Criminal Justice

Deadline: 1 March 2019

Making Rights Real: Rights Protection for Crime Victims

Since the 1985 UN Declaration of Basic Principles of Justice for Victims of Crime and Abuse of Power, countries have legislated to recognise the special status of victims within criminal procedures and to set out the basic obligations of police, prosecutors, courts, and corrections to respond. Alongside legislated legal reforms, civil society groups have pressed for greater recognition of and protections for specific victimised populations to enable access to justice. At their introduction, rights instruments were faulted as soft law and lacking enforcement provisions. Rights for victims, it was said, were not ‘real’. However, while there have been advances in many areas, there have been no comprehensive compilation of scholarship on contemporary practice in the promotion, protection and enforcement of rights for crime victims.

The Special Issue of the International Journal of Comparative and Applied Criminal Justice (IJCACJ) aims to fill this gap in the academic literature by bringing together research on these dispersed activities in one volume. It will comprise a comprehensive and comparative review of existing crime victims’ regimes, critical reflection on their efficacy, and suggestions for future reforms. Contributors from different countries and different legal systems are invited to submit articles (6000 words) that are conceptual and/or empirical. Data-driven pieces may be quantitative or qualitative or mixed. The Special Issue will pay particular attention to existing practices with a view to influencing future policy and law reform. In order to paint this comprehensive but pragmatic picture, contributions will examine (but not be limited to):

  • Strategic litigation
  • Human rights as framework for victims’ rights
  • Civil society advocacy
  • Statutory rights protecting entities
  • Strengths and limitations of policy directives
  • Deploying third party legal mechanisms
  • New roles for private counsel for victims
  • Commissions of inquiries and law reform

Why publish with the IJCACJ?

The IJCACJ is one of the best-known, most widely read international criminal justice journals with an interdisciplinary and explicitly comparative or international approach. It is the official journal of the American Society of Criminology Division of International CriminologyIJCACJ has a wide international audience of social science educators and researchers with an interest in data-driven as well as conceptual articles. The IJCACJ has rapid online publication and author options for the Routledge Open Select program.

International Journal of Comparative and Applied Criminal Justice

Language: en-US

Publisher: tandf

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Submission guidelines

Contributions should be submitted directly to the IJCACJ through ScholarOne with the subject line as Special Issue: Victim Rights. Each article will be reviewed by ‘blind’ peer assessors selected by the IJCACJ in their usual process. Guest editors will offer preliminary review of contributions. Publication is not automatic. Contributions for the special issue will comply with the IJCACJ guidelines.

The deadline for all contributions is 1st March 2019 with a view to online publication in December 2019.


Editorial information

  • Guest Editor: Paul Cassell, S.J. Quinney College of Law, University of Utah (USA) (cassellp@law.utah.edu)
  • Guest Editor: Robyn Holder, Griffith Criminology Institute, Griffith University (Australia)(r.holder@griffith.edu.au )
  • Guest Editor: Tyrone Kirchengast, Sydney Law School, University of Sydney (Australia)