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ISS 3rd International Conference Report: National and international perspectives on crime reduction and criminal justice
Date: 25 - 26 October 2012
Venue: , Sandton Sun Hotel, Corner Fifth and Alice Streets, Sandton, Johannesburg

On 25 and 26 October 2012 the Institute for Security Studies` Crime and Justice Programme held its 3rd annual international conference on crime and criminal justice. The conference provided an excellent opportunity for researchers, academics, policy makers and practitioners who have an interest and passion for criminology to meet, network and share ideas and experiences. 

The conference showcased current criminological research and policy initiatives from around the world.

The call for abstracts for the 4th international conference on crime reduction and criminal justice will be issued in early 2013.

Please watch the ISS website for details.


The following presentations are available:

  • Keynote address: Judge Selby Baqwa “Transforming the judiciary in South Africa: how far have we come” Download  here

Panel: What to do about ‘hate` State responses to crimes of prejudice

  • Dr Bill Dixon, Keele University, UK, Look before you leap: hate crime legislation reconsidered Download here
  • Prof Juan Nel, UNISA, South A,frica South Africa – a home for all? A need for hate crime legislation to provide equal protection Download here

Panel: Criminal Justice System Reform

  • Ms Robyn Leslie, Wits Justice Project, South Africa, Criminal justice: stakeholders` persectives Download here
  • Mr Gareth Newham, ISS, South Africa, Rule of Law under threat in South Africa
    The Role of Civil Society Download here

Panel: The role of international criminal law in advancing domestic criminal justice

  • Dr Gus Waschefort, University of Pretoria, South Africa, The nature of the gravity requirement in national prosecutions of international crimes Download here

Panel: Crime prevention

  • Prof Elrena van der Spuy, University of Cape Town, South Africa , The rise and decline of community-based mobilisation against crime in the new South Africa: The case of the Western Cape anti-crime forum Download here
  • Dr ChandràƒÂ© Gould, Institute for Security Studies, South Africa: The power of connection: Building a community safety initiative Download here
  • Dr Anthony Collins, University of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, Violence is not a crime Download here

Panel: Terrorism and organised crime

  • Dr Bolaji Omitola, Osun State University, Nigeria, Space of terror: The challenges of insecurity in Nigeria Download here
  • Prof. Joshua Freilich, John Jay College, USA, Scripts and organised crime: Facilitating factors and intervention points Download here
  • Ms Jackline Mwangi, University of the Western Cape, South Africa, Assessing the scope of legal profession privilege in combating money laundering through the legal profession in Kenya Download here

Panel: Preventing child abuse and neglect through parenting: Evidence and interventions

  • Ms Elizabeth Dartnall, Sexual Violence Research Initiative, Medical research Council, South Africa, Reviewing the evidence for the effectiveness of parenting interventions for the prevention of child abuse and neglect Download here
  • Professor Mark Tomlinson, Stellenbosch University, South Africa Improving the quality of mother–infant relationship and infant attachment in South Africa: Implications for externalising behavior Download here
  • Ms Khadija Richards, HIPPY SA, Home Instruction for Parents of Pre-School Youngsters in South Africa (HIPPY SA): A home visiting programme Download here
  • Ms Sarita Hudson, Stop It Now, USA,  Community-based Efforts for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse Download here

Panel: Improving access to justice

  • Mr Donald Rukare, Global Rights, Uganda, Remand population: The weakest link in Uganda`s criminal justice system Download here
  • Dr Hema Hargovan, University of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, Restorative justice, criminal justice and access to justice: a balancing act for the prosecutor Download here
  • Mr Martin SchàƒÂ¶nteich, John Jay College, USA, The evolution, impact and future prospects of paralegalism in Africa`s criminal justice systems Download here

Panel: Policing

  • Prof Kam Wong, Xavier University, USA, One country two systems of policing: People`s Republic of China Gong An vs Hong Kong Police reform Download here
  • Mr Benjamin Roberts, HSRC, South Africa, What price fairness? Antecedents of police legitimacy in South Africa Download here
  • Mr Andrew Faull, Oxford University, UK, Professionalism and the South African Police Service: What is it and where should it go? Download here
  • Prof Rika Snyman, UNISA, South Africa and Commander Demelash Debalkie, University of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Comparing the realisation of policing professionalism in Ethiopia and South Africa. Download here

Panel: Understanding crime in South Africa

  • Ms Alexandra Hiroppoulos and Associate Prof Jeremy Porter, John Jay College, USA, Exploring the relationship between social disorganisation and property crime in Gauteng South Africa Download here

Panel: Seeking solutions to crime and the rehabilitation of offenders

  • Dr Amelia Kleijn, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, Why do some men rape babies? Some findings from a qualitative study conducted with ten incarcerated rapists Download here

Panel: The state of corruption in South Africa

  • Ms Janine Rauch, Corruption Watch, South Africa, Citizens reporting of corruption in South Africa: Reports received at Corruption Watch since its launch Download here
  • Prof David Moore, University of Johannesburg, South Africa,  Corruption and Accumulation: Theoretical, Historical and Comparative Perspectives Download here

Media coverage:

The following are a selection of articles about the conference and specific presentations:


Business Day:

Mail and Guardian (from Sapa)

News 24 (from Sapa):

Independent (from Sapa):

Times (from Sapa):

The Citizen (from Sapa):

Daily Maverick (from Sapa):

Politics Web: As the Head of the Crime and Justice Programme, Gareth Newham would like to thank all the speakers for their insightful and thought provoking presentations.  In particular, he would like to thank Chandre Gould for organising this conference and ensuring its success. We look forward to building on the relationships forged and developed during this conference.

Click here for the final conference programme

Click here for the conference booklet containing biographies of presenters and abstracts of their presentation



Sandton Sun Hotel
Corner Fifth and Alice Streets

Chandre Gould
Senior Researcher
Crime and Justice Programme
Institute for Security Studies
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