International Journal of Comparative and Applied Criminal Justice Special Issue Call for Papers

Making Rights Real: Rights Protection for Crime Victims

International Journal of Comparative and Applied Criminal Justice

Since the 1985 UN Declaration of Basic Principles of Justice for Victims of Crime and Abuse of Power, countries have legislated to recognise the special status of victims within criminal procedures and to set out the basic obligations of police, prosecutors, courts, and corrections to respond. Alongside legislated legal reforms, civil society groups have pressed for greater recognition of and protections for specific victimised populations to enable access to justice. At their introduction, rights instruments were faulted as soft law and lacking enforcement provisions. Rights for victims, it was said, were not ‘real’. However, while there have been advances in many areas, there have been no comprehensive compilation of scholarship on contemporary practice in the promotion, protection and enforcement of rights for crime victims.

The Special Issue of the International Journal of Comparative and Applied Criminal Justice (IJCACJ) aims to fill this gap in the academic literature by bringing together research on these dispersed activities in one volume. It will comprise a comprehensive and comparative review of existing crime victims’ regimes, critical reflection on their efficacy, and suggestions for future reforms. Contributors from different countries and different legal systems are invited to submit articles (6000 words) that are conceptual and/or empirical. Data-driven pieces may be quantitative or qualitative or mixed. The Special Issue will pay particular attention to existing practices with a view to influencing future policy and law reform. In order to paint this comprehensive but pragmatic picture, contributions will examine (but not be limited to):

  • Strategic litigation
  • Human rights as framework for victims’ rights
  • Civil society advocacy
  • Statutory rights protecting entities
  • Strengths and limitations of policy directives
  • Deploying third party legal mechanisms
  • New roles for private counsel for victims
  • Commissions of inquiries and law reform

Why publish with the IJCACJ?

The IJCACJ is one of the best-known, most widely read international criminal justice journals with an interdisciplinary and explicitly comparative or international approach. It is the official journal of the American Society of Criminology Division of International Criminology. IJCACJ has a wide international audience of social science educators and researchers with an interest in data-driven as well as conceptual articles. The IJCACJ has rapid online publication and author options for the Routledge Open Select program.

Submission Instructions

Contributions should be submitted directly to the IJCACJ through ScholarOne with the subject line as Special Issue: Victim Rights. Each article will be reviewed by ‘blind’ peer assessors selected by the IJCACJ in their usual process. Guest editors will offer preliminary review of contributions. Publication is not automatic. Contributions for the special issue will comply with the IJCACJ guidelines.

The deadline for all contributions is 1st March 2019 with a view to online publication in December 2019.

Special Issue Guest Editors

The guest editors have extensive academic and professional backgrounds in analysing victims’ rights. While the guest editors have diverse perspectives and backgrounds, each has published and taught extensively on the issues. In combination, the editors’ expertise and knowledge covers virtually all aspects of the crime victims’ field.

  • Professor Paul Cassell is the Ronald N. Boyce Presidential Professor of Criminal Law and Distinguished University Professor of Law at the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah. Professor Cassell graduated Order of the Coif from Stanford Law School in 1984, serving as President of the Stanford Law Review. He filled a number of eminent roles in the administration of justice before beginning teaching at the S.J. Quinney College of Law in 1992, publishing widely in leading academic journals on crime victims’ and other criminal justice issues. From 2002-2007 Professor Cassell served as a U.S. District Court Judge for the District of Utah. He has filed briefs and orally argued on behalf of crime victims and allied organizations in the United States Supreme Court and other federal and state courts around the country.
  • Dr. Robyn Holder is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Griffith Criminology Institute, Griffith University, Australia. Her work examines the relationship between victims and the state, and the mediating effect of rights. Current projects include an examination of third party advocacy structures in international and domestic criminal justice systems, and innovative justice and service responses to violence against women. She completed her PhD at the Regulatory Institutions Network at The Australian National University in 2013 after over 20 years’ experience in research, public policy and law reform in Australia and the UK.
  • Dr Tyrone Kirchengast is an Associate Professor in the University of Sydney Law School and member of the Sydney Institute of Criminology. He is a Senior Visiting Fellow at UNSW Law, Sydney. Tyrone has published widely on the integration of victims in the adversarial criminal trial. He has consulted for the Department of Justice, NSW, and been an expert advisor to commissions of inquiry on crime victim rights. Tyrone’s recent work examines victim participation across the criminal trial process, private counsel for victims of crime, restorative and therapeutic justice, compensation and restitution, and victim rights as human rights in international and domestic law. His research is comparative, with an interest in adversarial and inquisitorial court processes across international and domestic legal systems, including mixed and hybrid systems of justice in Europe, Asia and South America.

For further information or queries, please contact: Professor Paul Cassell or Dr. Robyn Holder.

Editorial information

  • Guest Editor: Paul Cassell, S.J. Quinney College of Law, University of Utah (USA) ( )
  • Guest Editor: Robyn Holder, Griffith Criminology Institute, Griffith University (Australia) ( )
  • Guest Editor: Tyrone Kirchengast, Sydney Law School, University of Sydney (Australia)