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Profile of registrant

International Juvenile Justice Observatory

Identification number in the register: 47310234921-93
Registration date: 10/01/11 11:07:09

The information on this organisation was last modified on 20/12/13 11:33:23
The date of the last annual update was 20/12/13 11:33:23

Registrant : Organisation or self-employed individual

Name/company name: International Juvenile Justice Observatory
Acronym: IJJO
Legal status: NGO
Website address:


Section: III - Non-governmental organisations
and more precisely: Non-governmental organisations, platforms and networks and similar

Person with legal responsibility

Surname, Name: Mr  Cristina Goñi de la Torre
Position: Secretaria General

Permanent person in charge of EU relations

Surname, Name: María Teresa Perez Martín
Position: Relaciones institucionales

Contact details:

Contact details of organisation's head office: 884342565 rue mercelis 
P.O. box: 50
Brussels 1050
Telephone number: (+32) 26298890
Fax number: (+) 
Other contact information: The International Juvenile Justice Observatory (IJJO) is an international organization, recognized as a Belgian Foundation of public interest (2003), based in Brussels that promotes a holistic and interdisciplinary approach to issues related to juvenile justice -the prevention of juvenile crime, intervention and educational measures and socio-professional inclusion-.

The IJJO provides a permanent forum for sharing information and analysis on topics related to juvenile crime, justice and children’s rights. As a network of juvenile justice experts and observers, the IJJO has a benchmarking function, establishes good-practice criteria and disseminates information on efficient strategies related to policies and interventions. It also helps to generate research and offers technical assistance to those working in the field. The IJJO disseminates information in English, French and Spanish through its online resources, and engages in awareness-raising with the general public and in advocacy activities to build support for the protection of young offenders’ rights.

In 2011, the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) has granted the IJJO the UN special consultative status during the meeting that took place in July 2011 after receiving a favourable recommendation of the NGO Committee of ECOSOC. Besides, the IJJO enjoys the Participatory Status with the Council of Europe and has Operational Relations with UNESCO, since 2009.

Every two years, the IJJO organises an International Conference and on this occasion it awards the “Juvenile Justice without Borders" International Award as a recognition of the work carried out by institutions, experts and personalities in the defense of children's rights. With the aim of becoming closer to national realities and needs, the IJJO has created the European, African, Latin-American and Asian Juvenile Justice Observatories. Each one has established their Council for Juvenile Justice, as an advisory body composed by public administration, academia/universities and NGOs representatives.
The Observatory interests are not limited only to young offenders, but extend to include minors in social difficulties or experiencing behavioral challenges. The overarching goal is to encourage the positive development of young people so that they may acquire the skills they need to become free citizens outside the circuits of exclusion and imprisonment.

Goals / remit

Goals / remit of the organisation: The focus of the work undertaken by the International Juvenile Justice Observatory centres on issues relating to minors and young people in conflict with the law. The political, legislative, police-related, socio-educational and scientific responses developed in each country should be concrete and applicable. The main objective established is the development of minors and young people so they can acquire the skills they need to become free citizens outside the circuits of exclusion and reclusion.

The international phenomenon of juvenile delinquency and, as a consequence, the evolution of juvenile justice should be studied and analysed from a global perspective taking into account the plurality of situations worldwide. From these official reports, the International Juvenile Justice Observatory generates impartial proposals for change taking into account economic, political, social and legal policies, the objective being to favour the harmonisation of policies affecting juveniles and young offenders.

The Foundation's aim is to create a permanent international service which functions as a place for meeting, work and reflection for professionals working in the fields of law, psychology, medicine, sociology, teaching, criminology and education. Professional associations, political groups, legislators, security services, institutions, administrations and non-governmental organisations will also be able to participate in this project. All these institutions and professionals, concerned by the situation of young offenders in conflict with the law, are therefore invited to propose appropriate and effective international responses.
Specific objectives:
• To develop a permanent, international forum of analysis, knowledge and mutual reflection on legislation, models of intervention and research on a world-wide scale in order to tackle the problem of juvenile delinquency.
• To promote the international rapprochement of different ways of tackling the problem: legal, psychological, criminological, social, educational, cultural, police, medical, etc.
• To promote global, national and local analyses linked to this phenomenon, analysing the different issues relating to young people in conflict with the law in all its forms.
• To create, from different disciplines, networks of experts collaborating in the development of new initiatives which anticipate the challenges posed by a constantly changing situation.
• To contribute to the improvement of intervention in terms of legislation, education, justice, police, health and social issues, thus creating codes of good practice.
• To become a space without borders offering support to professionals, institutes and organisations and thus enable the exchange of international knowledge and experience by means of databases, conferences, workshops and seminars organised by the International Juvenile Justice Observatory.
• To provide information and support to developing countries about procedures for applying laws on the criminal liability of minors and young people.
• To promote the creation of an international network of juvenile justice observers.
• To sensitise and inform global public opinion in order to favour solidarity and commitment concerning present and future issues relating to young offenders.
• To encourage the creation and development of international gatherings in the field of juvenile justice which seek, among other things, to the intervention and development of educational programmes and the research and diffusion of experiences relating to minors and young people in situations of social exclusion
The organisation's fields of interests are:
  • European
  • global

Number of persons engaged in activities falling under the scope of the Transparency Register

Number of persons: 6
Complementary information:

Persons accredited for access to European Parliament premises

No accredited persons


Main EU initiatives covered the year before by activities falling under the scope of the Transparency Register:

The International Juvenile Justice Observatory achieve these aims by carrying out the following activities:

The creation of a space which serves as a meeting point between professionals, institutions, experts and administrations of different countries. Their work will mainly centre on juvenile justice.
The creation of networks of experts, work groups and committees with a view to analysing, comparing and disseminating scientific approaches and good practices.
The setting-up and development of databases serving as a reference for international actors, thus contributing towards decision-making in the area of juvenile justice.
The promotion, production and dissemination of research work through the awarding of grants, the signing of collaboration agreements, requests for subsidies for periodicals and one-off publications, and any initiatives in line with the Observatory's objectives which help to generate and disseminate information in this area.
The diffusion and dissemination of experiences, work and materials resulting from the Observatory's initiatives, or obtained from others, through the organising of congresses, courses, seminars, conference series, etc.
The setting up of specialised training for the improvement of professionals who work with minors and young people subject to judicial measures, through the signing of collaboration agreements with universities and public and private institutions.
Advisory and consultation activities for public and private organisations, developing countries and non-governmental organisations on issues related to the Observatory's objectives.
The undertaking of contracts, agreements and understandings with people or public or private organisations in order to develop projects of a scientific nature related to the Observatory's objectives.
The diffusion of "minimum standards" in the different areas of juvenile justice and rights of the child.
The creation of documentary resources, on-line libraries, scientific reviews, electronic bulletins and thematic distribution lists linked to the main objective of the International Juvenile Justice Observatory.

Fields of interest for e-mail alerts on consultations and roadmaps;

Fields declared by the organisation:
  • Education
  • Employment and Social Affairs
  • Foreign and Security Policy and Defence
  • Home Affairs
  • Justice and Fundamental Rights
  • Youth


Total number of members that are natural persons: 6
Number of member organisations:
Member organisations (Number of members) :
The organisation has members/is represented in the following country(countries):

Complementary information:


Information on (i) organisation's membership of any associations/federations/confederations or (ii) relationships to other bodies in formal or informal networks.

The IJJO is an active member of the Interagency Panel on Juvenile Justice, which was established by ECOSOC resolution 1997/30. Within the framework of the Interagency Panel, the IJJO together with other Panel Members, develops strategies and policies together with UNICEF, United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), UNICRI,Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC).
- The IJJO is member of the European Network for Crime Prevention. Specifically, the IJJO contributes to design overall strategies on key issues related to crime prevention.
- The IJJO is member of the International Centre for the Prevention of Crime.
- The IJJO is also member of the European Society of Criminology

Financial data

Financial year: 01/2012 - 12/2012
Total budget: 502,000
of which public financing: 455,000
- from European sources:
- Procurement: 343,000
- Grants: 112,000
- from national sources:
- from local/regional sources:
from other sources: 47,000
- donations: 47,000
- contributions from members:
Estimated costs to the organisation directly related to representing interests to EU institutions in that year: 4750000  € - 5000000  €
Other (financial) information provided by the organisation:

Code of conduct

By its registration the organisation has signed the Transparency Register Code of Conduct.