Rosa del Olmo Prize
The Rosa del Olmo Prize is awarded biennially for the IJCJSD article(s) that, in the Editors' opinion and based on the recommendations of a panel of experts, most contributes to innovative thinking in the development of criminology beyond Western scripts.
The prize commemorates the work of Venezuelan critical criminologist Rosa del Olmo (1937-2000), whose contributions are only recently being rediscovered by criminologists worldwide. Professor Rosa del Olmo was "a leading figure in the world of left-wing criminology. Pioneer of critical criminology in Latin America, feminist and inexhaustible social fighter and one of the most well-versed criminologists in the socio-political and economic analysis of drug trafficking" (Padilla, 2016). Among others, del Olmo published in 1975, Limitations for the prevention of violence: The Latin American reality and its criminological theory, which for Shank and Dod (1987: iii) was a significant paper in the development of 'Latin American Critical Criminology'. Around a decade later, del Olmo published her pathbreaking (1987) article, Aerobiology and the war on drugs, which appeared in a special issue of Crime and Social Justice (see South, N. (2023) Revisiting Rosa: Eco-bio-genocide, drug wars and southern green criminology).
Prize inclusive of published articles 1st of July 2021 – 1st of July 2023 – announced late 2023
Rules for award of the prize
- The prize will be awarded to the paper judged by the panel to be the best published in the relevant volumes of the IJCJSD. It is awarded every two years.
- Symposia or parts of symposia, replies or rejoinders, research notes and book reviews are excluded from consideration.
- The panel will comprise at least one editor, a review editor and four members of the International Editorial Board of the IJCJSD. Members of these groups who are authors or co-authors of papers eligible for the award will not be members of the panel.
- The panel will meet to identify a list of eligible papers.
- All members of the panel will be invited to nominate, by a set date, three eligible papers in order of merit. Papers will be awarded 3 points for each 1st preference, 2 points for each 2nd preference, and 1 point for each 3rd preference.
- The five papers with the highest total points will be designated as a shortlist. In the event of ties, the shortlist may be longer than five papers.
- All members of the panel will then be invited to nominate, by a set date, the three best papers from the shortlist, in order of merit.
- The winner of the prize will be determined by calculating the number of points awarded to each shortlisted paper, where 3 points are given for each 1st preference, 2 for each 2nd preference, and 1 point for each third preference. The paper scoring the most points wins the prize. In the event of a tie on this calculation, the prize will be awarded to the tied paper receiving most 1st preferences.
- The winner of the prize will be announced in the relevant year in November.
del Olmo R (1975) Limitations for the prevention of violence: The Latin American reality and its criminological theory. Crime & Social Justice 3: 21-29.
del Olmo R (1987) Aerobiology and the war on drugs: A transnational crime. Crime & Social Justice 30: 28-44.
Shank G and Dod S (1987) Editorials: Overview of the issue. Crime & Social Justice 30: i–xxi.
South N (2023) Revisiting Rosa: Eco-bio-genocide, drug wars and southern green criminology. In D. R. Goyes (Ed.), Green Crime in the Global South. Essays on Southern Green Criminology (pp. 240-259). Palgrave.
Vázquez Padilla M O (2016) Rosa Del Olmo Pérez-Enciso. Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/crimiparateorimaroctvazpa/posts/924384117669098/