13th Biennial International Conference

Criminal Justice and Security in Central and Eastern Europe: Perspectives of Rural Safety, Security and Rural Criminology

September 14 - 16, 2020 / Ljubljana, Slovenia

Main Theme

The main differences between the population of urban and rural communities are visible in interpersonal interactions (frequency and trust), common interests, feelings of belonging and the knowledge of other inhabitants in the community. Moreover, unemployment, housing problems, crime and cultural frictions are more pronounced in urban areas.

Modern rural-urban dichotomy is undoubtedly raising a questions in cyberspace challenges and threats; spectrum of ecological crime issues; food farming and living paradox; health issues as an access, utilization, cost and distribution; cross-border crime problems focusing on migrations.

Although official data suggest a higher level of crime in urban environments, this does not reflect a realistic picture of the actual situation and the needs of the rural environment. Studies show that in rural settings fear of crime is increasing, and specific forms of criminality are more frequent (e.g. drug and alcohol abuse, domestic violence). Moreover, big cities have seen a decline in violent crime in past decades, while this does not apply to rural environments where, for example, the number of serious violent crimes is stable and does not show a similar decline.

Many security challenges, both in rural and urban environments, are of a social nature, as they are generated by unemployment, poverty, lack of prospects, social exclusion and similar problems. Among the most common forms of crime in rural environments are interpersonal conflicts, drug and alcohol abuse, and domestic violence, but the main problem is, that the communities are more tolerant of these problems and some forms of crime are not taken seriously.

Topics on criminal justice and security can be very broad. Organizers will appreciate if the authors can relate their papers to the leading theme as much as possible.

Plenary Speakers

Joseph F Donnermeyer

Nicholas P. Lovrich

Megan O'Neill

Vania A. Ceccato

Majda Černič

Gorazd Meško

Dates to Remember

April 10, 2020

Abstract submission deadline

April 24, 2020

Decision regarding acceptance

September 14, 2020

Final paper submission (optional)

July 1, 2020

Advance registration

September 14 - 16, 2020