Twelfth Biennial International Conference

Criminal Justice & Security in Central and Eastern Europe

From Common Sense to Evidence-based Policy–making

25-27 September, 2018 // Ljubljana // Slovenia

Book of Abstracts now availableSeptember 14, 2018

Book of Abstracts (PDF)

Organisers of 12th biennial international conference Criminal Justice and Security in Central and Eastern Europe are delighted to announce that Book of Abstracts is published in electronic version by University of Maribor Press.

Conference Proceedings now availableSeptember 4, 2018

Conference Proceedings (PDF)

Organisers of 12th biennial international conference Criminal Justice and Security in Central and Eastern Europe are delighted to announce that Conference Proceedings were published in electronic and printed version by University of Maribor Press

Conference Programme now availableAugust 28, 2018

Conference Programme (PDF)

Please note, that due to unforseen circumstances this programme is subject to change.

Registration deadline for authors July 17, 2018

To be published in Conference proceedings and included in conference Programme, authors and presenters of accepted papers must complete the registration process not later than 15 August, 2018. At least one author per paper must register for the Conference.

Guidelines for presenting authors now available July 17, 2018

Deadline for Early bird registration EXTENDEDJune 26, 2018

NEW! Deadline for Early bird registration extended until 15 July, 2018

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Registration now OPEN10. March 2018

Early bird registration rate available until 1 July, 2018

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Social Event 9. February 2018

All participants are invited to the 45th anniversary of the Faculty of Criminal Justice and Security ceremony on the 2nd day of the Conference, followed by a social event with food and drinks.

The event (ceremony and dinner) is free of charge for all conference participants; however, confirmation of attendance is required within the registration process.

The event will be held at the Grand Union Hotel Hall (about a 10-minute walk) on 26 September 2018, at 19.00.


The Biennial International Conference Criminal Justice and Security in Central and Eastern Europe is subtitled From Common Sense to Evidence-based Policy-making and will address current challenges related to policy-making in criminal justice and security. To ensure effective implementation of security and safety, reforms, strategies, and policies ought to be driven by knowledge, facts, identified problems, and research expertise. With the aim to identify good policy making and policing practices this years proposed Conference theme covers a wide range of topics related to the policing strategies and criminal justice policy development, implementation, reforms, and research.


  • Criminal justice
  • Policing
  • Prosecution
  • Courts
  • Prisons
  • Crime prevention
  • Policy-making in criminal justice and security
  • Principles of policy making
  • Role of values and facts in policy making
  • Moral panic and policy making
  • Public opinion-led policy making
  • Media and policy making
  • Fear of crime and its political implications
  • On policy-makers
  • Academics and policy-making
  • Criminal justice practitioners and policy-making
  • Value of research in policy-making
  • Implementation of criminal justice and security policies
  • Traditions of criminal justice, criminology and security research
  • Politics of research in criminal justice, criminology and security
  • Research in criminal justice reforms
  • Follow-up and evaluation research in criminal justice and criminology
  • Police, criminal justice and security management
  • Evidence-based policing
  • Problem-oriented policing
  • Intelligence-led policing
  • Local governmental law enforcement
  • Private security

Plenary speakers

Nicholas P. Lovrich

Nicholas P. Lovrich, Regents Professor Emeritus, School of Politics, Philosophy & Public Affairs. He is a C.O. & Mary W. Johnson Distinguished Professor of Political Science at Washington State University (WSU) and holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from U.C.L.A. (1971).

His research interests include political sociology, juvenile justice, social capital and community policing. He is an author or co-author/co-editor of 13 books and more than 175 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters.

Currently he works as a co-Principal Investigator on a 3-year grant (2017-19) from the U.S. National Institute of Justice awarded to researchers in the WSU Department of Criminal Justice & Criminology to document the principal effects of legalizing recreational marijuana on crime and police practices.

Vincenzo Ruggiero

Vincenzo Ruggiero, Professor of Sociology and Director of the Social and Criminological Research Centre at Middlesex University in London. He has conducted research on behalf of many national and international agencies, including the Home Office, the Bank of Italy, the European Commission and the United Nations.

His research interest include social theory, international criminology, punishment, the crimes of the powerful, political violence and social movements. He is and author of three monographs — Penal Abolitionism (2010), The Crimes of the Economy (2013), Power and Crime and Dirty Money: On Financial Delinquency (2015).

Currently he is working on a European Commission Horizon 2020 research project into organised crime and terrorism.

Uglješa Zvekić

Uglješa Zvekić, Ambassador Ret. and former Permanent Representative of the Republic of Serbia to the UN in Geneva, high level official at UNICRI (UNODC), holds a Ph.D. in Sociology and Law. He is a member of the Advisory Assesment Board for ACEA - International Anti-Corruption Excellence Award and recipient of Transparency award by European Public Law Organisation.

His research interests include criminal justice system, crime and development, corruption, transnational and organised crime. He is an author of more than 100 publications in the area of crime and justice.

Currently he works as a Senior Advisor at Global Initiative against Transnational Organised crime, Consultant for UNITAR (UNODC) and a Professor at Law school in Belgrade, Serbia and Roma, Italy.

Kleimenov Ivan Mikhailovich

Kleimenov Ivan Mikhailovich, professor of Criminology, main lecturer on Criminal law and Criminology at the St. Petersburg branch of the Higher School of Economics and at the St. Petersburg branch of Russian State University of Justice.

His research interests include comparative criminology, transnational organized crime, crime in the context of globalization and international cooperation in combating crime. He is an author of more than 100 scientific articles and an author of various monographs, including “Comparative Criminology: criminalization, crime, the development of criminal policy in the context of globalization” (2014).

Currently he works as an Adviser in the Department of the constitutional foundations of the criminal justice of the Secretariat of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation.

Klára Kerezsi

Klára Kerezsi, Professor of Criminology, Doctor of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Head of the Doctoral School of Police Sciences and Law Enforcement, with 30 years of experience in fields related to criminology, policing and social work.

Her research interests include: minorities and criminal justice, critical policing, crime control, restorative justice, penal institutions, practices of punishment and rehabilitation. She is an author of two books - Crime prevention in three districts of Budapest (2003), Control or support: the dilemma of alternative sanctions (2006), and a book chapter - Probation in Europe, Chapter 14. (2008). Her work also appear in different international journals and publications, such as International Annals of Criminology (2006) and European Journal of Criminology (2008).

Currently she works as a Senior Advisor and Senior Researcher at the National Institute of Criminology, Budapest, Hungary.

Gorazd Meško

Gorazd Meško, Professor of Criminology and Head of the Institute of Criminal Justice and Security, Faculty of Criminal Justice and Security, University of Maribor, Slovenia.

His research interests include comparative research on crime prevention, legitimacy of criminal justice, policing, penology and victimology. In addition to publishing articles in international peer-reviewed journals, his recent co-edited books include Understanding and Managing Threats to the Environment in South Eastern Europe (2011), Handbook on Policing in Central and Eastern Europe (2013), and Trust and legitimacy in Criminal Justice: European Perspectives (2015).

Besides teaching criminology, victimology and crime control policy, he currently works as a principal researcher on a 4 year grant (2015-2018) from the Slovenian Research Agency awarded to researchers of the Institute of Criminal Justice and Security to study safety and security in local communities in Slovenia.

Biljana Simeunović-Patić

Biljana Simeunović-Patić, Associate Professor of Criminology and Acting Vice Dean for Science and Research, Academy of Criminalistic and Police Studies, Belgrade, Serbia.

She teaches criminology, victimology and criminalistic victimology. Her research interests include crime prevention, crimes of violence, juvenile crime, victimology, penology and policing. In addition to publishing articles in national and international peer-reviewed journals, her latest works involve (co)editing several thematic books and conference proceedings, including the most recent: Police and Judiciary as Guarantees of Freedom and Security in a Legal State (2017), and Proceedings of the Seventh International Scientific Conference “Archibald Reiss Days” (2017).

Currently, she manages a research project of the Academy of Criminalistic and Police Studies, titled Crime in Serbia and State Response Instruments (2015-2019), and acts as the Chief editor of the journal NBP – Journal of Criminalistics and Law.

Rajko Kozmelj, IISG Chair

Rajko Kozmelj is Chair of the Integrative Internal Security Governance (IISG) Support Group hosted by DCAF Ljubljana and supported by the European Commission. He was appointed by the IISG Board of ministers in September 2017. He is the author of the integrative approach to internal security cooperation and reform, first launched with the Western Balkan Counter-Terrorism Initiative endorsed by the Council of the EU in late 2014. His previous posts were with the Slovenian Permanent Representation with the EU during 2012-2017, and with the European Commission (DG Home) between 2009-2012. He began his career with the Slovenian Criminal Police, at the operational level, having served as Assistant Director between 2007-2009. His main areas of expertise are preventing and countering radicalisation and violent extremism, EU law enforcement operational cooperation and information exchange, and interagency cooperation arrangements in countering illegal drug abuse and addiction. He is also the author of the widely supported policy concept for the prevention, referral and addressing of challenges of radicalisation in contemporary societies.

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Important Dates

14 March 2018

Abstract submission deadline (extended)

15 March 2018

Decision regarding acceptance

1 May, 2018

Paper submission

1 - 30 May, 2018

Peer review

30 June, 2018

Final paper submission

15 July, 2018

Advance registration due (EXTENDED)

25-27 September, 2018

Conference dates