Who we are
A network mandated by the ECOSOC to provide technical assistance in juvenile justice
The United Nations Interagency Panel on Juvenile Justice (IPJJ) was established following the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Resolution 1997/30 which specifically requested the creation of a "coordination panel on technical advice and assistance in juvenile justice".
The international community realised that there was an urgent need for close cooperation between all UN bodies in the field of juvenile justice and invited NGOs to support the provision of advisory services in this field. The IPJJ was born.
The kind of technical assistance activities carried out by the IPJJ range from providing advice and inputs on draft laws and UN resolutions to answering direct requests for documentation related to specific areas of justice for children. A more proactive approach includes the development of tools and working papers on areas in which assistance is needed or requested. At country level, Panel members individually and collectively support legislative and policy reform, conduct comprehensive assessments of the justice systems, convene dialogue processes aimed at catalysing policy, support capacity-strengthening of the justice systems, and organise and facilitate juvenile justice training sessions.
With its networks of 13 UN agencies and NGOs recognised for their excellency in juvenile justice, the IPJJ is uniquely placed to channel requests for technical assistance from states, civil society organisations and individuals. The Secretariat of the IPJJ act as a link between those in need of assistance and international and national experts able to answer very technical questions. The beneficiaries include states, individuals, UN agencies and civil society organisations, including the members of the network themselves.
WHY WE EXIST
Throughout the world children's and adolescents' rights are being violated on a daily basis in juvenile justice systems
UNICEF estimates that there are over one million children under 18 deprived of their liberty worldwide, many of whom suffer severe violations of their basic rights and many of whom are detained alongside adults.
Child victims and witnesses of crimes may also find themselves stigmatised or even deprived of their liberty under the guise of protection when they come into contact with the judicial system.
The death penalty and life imprisonment are still being imposed in some countries for offences committed by children and adolescents under the age of 18, in contradiction to international standards.
The IPJJ was created to help States, policy makers and other stakeholders take action to comply with the Convention on the Rights of the Child and other relevant norms and standards.
WHAT ARE OUR AIMS
We believe that children should be better served by justice systems and their rights respected at every stage of the judicial process, whether as victims, witnesses, or alleged offenders
The IPJJ aims to increase the availability of information, publications, tools & advice on juvenile justice.
The IPJJ has been created to help States comply with their obligations under international law and to provide advice to a wide range of stakeholders dealing with children in contact with the law.
The IPJJ strives to coordinate follow-up actions to the concluding observations of the Committee on the Rights of the Child relevant to juvenile justice.
The IPJJ wishes to contribute to the establishment of justice systems that fully respect children's rights and participate in the collective efforts to strengthen the rule of law.
The IPJJ aims to build a hub for global knowledge on Juvenile Justice, thanks to our network of experts and field activists.