The Zagreb Faculty of Law with its long tradition in criminological institutionalization, teaching, and research, dating back to 1906 and the establishment of the Chair for artes adiutrices juris criminalis et sociologia under the leadership of Ernest Miler (1866-1928), is geographically but also culturally located at the crossroads between the Balkans and Central Europe (Getoš 2009; 2011b). This crossroads position provides a Zagreb-based ‘Balkan Criminology’ research-concept with the necessary insight and understanding of the region, whilst allowing for enough emotional detachment from it, in terms of scientific objectivity. Both these issues - insight and detachment - have been ignored, at least to some extent, when it comes to Balkan-focused criminological research rooted either clearly in or far outside the Balkans.
‘Balkan Criminology’ focuses on 3 main research issues, relevant not only for the region itself, but also of importance to the rest of Europe. The research focuses (RF) of ‘Balkan Criminology’ include:
RF I - Violence, Organized Crime and Illegal Markets
RF II - Feelings and Perceptions of (In)Security and Crime
RF III - International Sentencing
Besides conducting criminological research in the region, there is a strong need to connect and interlink all the present research potential - from the Balkans as well as from outside. Numerous activities and projects are being implemented in the region by a vast number of local, national, regional, European, and international players. Yet, all this activism in pursuit of security and stability for the Balkans often unknowingly overlaps and unnecessary duplicates itself. The ‘Balkan Criminology’ Network should enable a synergy of efforts in the field of criminology and criminal justice, a field that can currently be best described as chaotic, uncoordinated, and overlapping (Albrecht & Getoš). Outside players as well as those from inside the region desperately need a focal point, where they can establish the necessary contacts and receive the basic information for their Balkan-focused activities.
A central listing of all major ‘Balkan Criminology’ Events (conferences, courses etc.) and relevant ‘Balkan Criminology’ Publications (especially security reports and crime trends from the region itself, but also a listing of relevant scientific journals) dealing with the mentioned research focuses should as well lead to a synergy of all the criminal justice efforts put into the region and from the region. A collection of relevant ‘Balkan Criminology’ Links points to other relevant institutions, NGOs, scientific actors etc., whereas the ‘Balkan Criminology’ Contact provides for further information on the project and deals with all inquiries. Finally, the ‘Balkan Criminology’ References lists the sources used in the texts of the project page.
(Please cite as: Getoš, A.-M. (2012). About 'Balkan Criminology' at the Zagreb Faculty of Law. Freiburg. Available on-line at: www.pravo.unizg.hr/criminologia-balcanica/en)
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