13th Biennial International Conference

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

September 13-15, 2021 / Ljubljana, Slovenia

Dear colleagues,

After receiving e-mails from several potential conference participants, we discussed how to proceed with our traditional biennial international conference on Criminal Justice and Security in Central and Eastern Europe, planned for September 2020.

Thank you for your patience and understanding. After careful thought and consideration of all foreseeable contingencies, we have decided to cancel the 2020 conference.

The organisers of the CJS in C&E Europe conference are postponing this year's conference to September 2021. Exact deadlines for abstract and paper submission as well conference dates will be available early in 2021.

Take care, and stay healthy.

Chairs of the conference,
Gorazd Meško and Bojan Dobovšek

Main Theme

Studies show populations of urban and rural communities differ in interpersonal relations (frequency and trust), common interests, feelings of belonging, and in knowing other inhabitants in the community (informal control). Moreover, unemployment, housing problems, crime, and cultural conflicts are more pronounced in urban areas.

The modern rural-urban dichotomy is undoubtedly raising questions about cyberspace challenges and threats; the spectrum of ecological crime issues; food production and farming; access to public health services; cost of living; cross-border crime problems focusing on migrations, etc.

Although official data suggest a higher level of crime in urban environments, this does not reflect a realistic picture of the actual situation and needs of the rural environment. Studies show that in rural settings the fear of crime is increasing and specific forms of criminality are more frequent (e.g., drug and alcohol abuse, domestic violence). Moreover, cities have experienced 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 in both 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 some rural communities are more tolerant of these problems and not even taking some forms of crime seriously.

Organizers will appreciate it if the authors could relate their papers to the leading theme - rural safety and security – and rural criminology

Possible topics

Plenary Speakers