VIII Annual Conference of the Victimology Society of Serbia

17 Jan, 2018

VIII Annual Conference of the Victimology Society of Serbia Victims between security, human rights and justice: Local and global context held on 30th November and 1st December 2017 in Belgrade.

Within the main Conference topic, the focus was on exploring the connection between the concepts of security, human rights, and justice, and, in relation to that, on critical thinking about position of victims in the context of global and local responses to crime, insecurity and human rights’ violations. Participants examined if and to what extent social responses to different forms of victimisation contribute to victims’ equal access to justice, respecting victims’ rights and meeting their needs.

The keynote speakers were:

Prof. dr Marc Groenhuijsen: The connection between the concepts of security, human rights, and justice. Victimology in a rapidly changing environment.

Prof. dr Katja Franko: Global (in)security and victim inequality

Prof. dr Stephan Parmentier: Reparations for Victims after Violent Conflict: How to take them seriously?

Prof. dr Vasiliki Artinopoulou: Training police on the needs of the gender-based violence victims – The PROTASIS project

The first plenary session on the conference was entitled Twenty years of standing up of the Victimology Society of Serbia for the rights of all victims in Serbia: Social context, challenges, results and a view into the future. The speakers on this session were:

  • Prof. dr Vesna Nikolić-Ristanović, director of VDS: Victimology and the victims’ right movement in Serbia and the place and role of the Victimology Society of Serbia in their development
  • Dr Sanja Ćopić, VDS: Improvement of the position of victims in Serbia: Evidence-based advocacy of the Victimology Society of Serbia for reforms of legislation and practice
  • Jasmina Nikolić, VDS: Advocacy for raising awareness on victim’s rights and needs: Development of the VDS info and victim support service
  • Aleksandra Ivanković, Victim Support Europe, Belgium: The future of victim support in Serbia: Towards compliance with the EU Victims’ Rights Directive

The book of all abstracts from conference you can find here