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International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy Queensland University of Technology 2202-8005 The International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy is an open access, blind peer-reviewed journal that publishes critical research about challenges confronting criminal justice systems around the world.  The Journal is committed to democratising quality knowledge production and dissemination. Authors retain copyright and articles are licenced via Creative Commons to make published articles more readily available and useable. There are no APCs (Article Processing Charges). Authors can submit and publish at no cost.
International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy 2 2

International Juvenile (In)justice: Penal Severity and Rights Compliance


This article focuses on the anomalies and contradictions surrounding the notion of ‘international juvenile justice’, whether in its pessimistic (neoliberal penality and penal severity) or optimistic (universal children’s rights and rights compliance) incarnations. It argues for an analysis which recognises firstly, the uneven, multi-facetted and heterogeneous nature of the processes of globalisation and secondly, how the global, the international, the national and the local are not mutually exclusive but continually interact to re-constitute, re-make and challenge each other.

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Pages:43 to 62
Section: Articles
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Author Biography

Emeritus Professor of Social Policy and Criminology at The Open University, UK.
Professor Muncie's current research focuses on comparative analysis of global youth justice reform, international policy transfers and compliance with children’s rights conventions. An edited volume on comparative youth justice with 17 international contributors was published by Sage in 2006. He is the co-editor of the journal Youth Justice: An International Journal and a member of the editorial boards of the British Journal of Criminology and The Howard Journal of Criminal Justice.