6th GERN Summer School on
Challenges of Comparative Criminological Research

Highlights of the 6th GERN Summer School

Each year, the GERN Summer School offers doctoral students in their second and third year of doctoral studies, an opportunity to present their research, and have it discussed by leading European researchers. This year, 6th GERN Summer School was held in Ljubljana at the Faculty of Criminal Justice and Security, University of Maribor.

At the opening session, participants of the 6th GERN Summer School were welcomed by Professor Andrej Sotlar, Dean of the Faculty of Criminal Justice and Security, University of Maribor and Professor Zdravko Kačič, Rector of the University of Maribor. Topic of the 6th GERN Summer School presented Challenges of Comparative Research and altogether, 13 doctoral students from various European Universities (University of Maribor, Ghent University, University Saint-Louis Bruxelles, University of Lausanne, University of Sheffield, and University of Porto) presented their doctoral research that was later on discussed and commented by four keynote speakers – Professor Gorazd Meško from the University of Maribor; Professor Joanna Shapland from the University of Sheffield; Professor Axel Groenemeyer from the University of Dortmund; and Professor Carole Gayet-Viaud from the Cesdip. Along with the students’ presentation of their doctoral research, they got the opportunity to submit their research papers for being published in an edited and peer-reviewed publication.

For who?

Research students undertaking doctoral research on deviance, crime and social control. This is an opportunity to present your research, have it discussed by leading European researchers and, if selected, published in an edited and peer-reviewed volume. The summer school is probably best suited to research students in their second and third year of PhD studies.

What to expect?

  • Presentations and discussions of doctoral students’ research.
  • Lectures and discussion sessions with leading European researchers.
  • An opportunity to learn about criminology around Europe and meet other doctoral students.
  • An opportunity to submit your revised paper for publication.

Organizers ...

When? Where?

From 3. September 2018 beginning at 15.00
    to 5. September 2018 finishing at 15.00

Faculty of Criminal Justice and Security
Kotnikova 8
SI-1000 Ljubljana

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Programme (Adobe PDF)

Please download the Summer School Programme, open it in Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Keynote speakers

Professor Carole Gayet-Viaud

Centre de recherches sociologiques sur le droit et les institutions pénales (Cesdip), France

Lecture title
Everyday life policing in France: reconnecting police's work to their public

Professor Axel Groenemeyer

University of Dortmund, Germany

Lecture title
Epistemiological and theoretical questions in (comparative) criminological research

Professor Gorazd Meško

University of Maribor, Slovenia

Lecture title
Comparative criminology - experiences from Southeastern Europe

Professor Joanna Shapland

Univeristy of Sheffield, United Kingdom

Lecture title
Getting published

Fees ...

The fee of the conference will be 60 EUR for students whose institution is member of GERN (and 140 EUR for students whose institution is not a member of GERN), which will include tea and coffee, lunches, an informal dinner for all the participants in one evening and a copy of the forthcoming volume from the summer school.


Students (or their institutions) will bear the cost of student travels and accommodation to Ljubljana and back home. The organisers are willing to provide advice about inexpensive accommodation in the proximity of the summer school venue.

Suggested hotels/hostels: Hotel Park // Hostel Ana // Hostel Celica // H2O Hostel // Hostel Sleeping Beauty Ljubljana





Abstract&paper submission

Doctoral students will need to send a detailed abstract of their paper (two pages setting out their theoretical framework, concepts and research findings/research plans), together with the application form and a letter of engagement from their supervisor, agreeing to support them, by 30 April 2018.

We can admit up to about 20 students – initial acceptance will be made known by 15 May 2018. Students are due to submit a final paper by the end of June 2018.

Abstracts, letters, application form and papers should be sent electronically to Gorazd Meško, and Daniel Ventre

Style&format of papers

The papers must be written in English, and its length up to 6000 words in MS Word format. For citation and references use APA style.


A 15-minute presentation of the main ideas and findings from a student paper.


Participants can submit their paper for publication. The paper will be reworked after the Summer School and then submitted to a blind peerreview, even resubmitted. The editors of the volume (the host institution & the lecturers at the Summer School) decide on the acceptance after the review process. The papers will be published in a new series “GERN Research Paper Series” by Maklu Publishers


Abstract submission: 15 April 2018
Summer school fee: nonrefundable
Paper submission: 30 June 2018
Peer-review: July – August 2018
Final paper submission: 3 September 2018

Application form

Application form (Adobe PDF)

Please download the application form, open it in Adobe Acrobat Reader.