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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Published: 2013-09-11
Pages:43 to 62
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How to Cite
Muncie, J. (2013) “International Juvenile (In)justice: Penal Severity and Rights Compliance”, International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy, 2(2), pp. 43-62. doi: 10.5204/ijcjsd.v2i2.107.

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.