Topic: PhD confirmation seminar: The role of victims in criminal procedure - Germany, South Australia - a comparison.

Presenter: Ms Kerstin Braun - PhD Candidate, TC Beirne School of Law

In 1985 the United Nations ("UN") General Assembly unanimously adopted the United Nations Declaration on basic principles of justice for victims of crime and abuse of power ("Declaration") setting out standards for the treatment of victims in the criminal justice system. This research project analyses the degree of implementation of and compliance with the Declaration in Germany and South Australia as UN Member States more than 25 years after the adoption of the Declaration. The research project also seeks to identify the influence the Declaration has had as an international instrument on national policy-making and practice. The presentation begins with a brief introduction to the research questions and methodology used in the research project. The presentation then discusses the relevant history and legal status of the Declaration and the Declaration's potential to influence Member States' policies and regulations using the implementation of section 6 (a) of the Declaration- informing victims of their role in the proceedings- as an example. 

All welcome, no RSVP required.

Contact: Beth Williams, ph: 334 69350, email:

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