Chair: Hans-Jörg Albrecht

The Max Planck Partner Group for “Balkan Criminology”: Review & Outlook

Building: A
Room: 31


Author: Getos Kalac Anna-Maria, Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb

Title: Balkan Criminology: From an Idea to a Concept and Via a Research Group to Empirical Studies – a Self-Critical Review
Balkan Criminology initially started out in 2012 as the author’s personal research profile, with its launching at the ESC Conference in Bilbao. Through the Max Planck Partner Group (MPPG) Balkan Criminology has meanwhile developed into a highly productive criminological initiative for Southeast Europe. As a ‘scientific hobby’ and with an annual core budget of 20,000 euros, a regional network of experts covering 16 countries has been established, a specialised Balkan Criminology publication series and newsletter have been founded and annual scientific conferences and PhD courses organised. It was even possible to get prestigious state-funded MPPG office space. Thus, in under 5 years, Balkan Criminology has become a scientific trademark associated with top quality research. In short, the MPPG is a one of its kind success story of the Max Planck Society and the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law. Nevertheless, after 6 years and in light of the seizing of its basic funding, it is time for a self-critical review with the aim to present “lessons learned” and promote the value of ‘criminological capacity building’ in other regions of the world. Just as the launching of Balkan Criminology at the ESC 2012 Conference marked the birth of an idea, the presentation at hand should mark the start of a “self-sustainable” group of experts and continuous criminological research in Southeast Europe, based on a critical analysis of “what works” and “what doesn’t”.
Keywords: Balkan Criminology, Max Planck Partner Group
Author: Albrecht Hans-Jörg, Max Planck Institute for Foreign and Inter­national Criminal Law

Title: Future Prospects for Balkan Criminology
The presentation’s aim is to analyse and evaluate future prospects for the continuity of the Balkan Criminology outside the framework of the funding provided by the Max Planck Society. The author will assess the potential of “self-sustainability” of Balkan Criminology, by identifying most promising activities, events and outputs, as well as areas of research and networking activities, that might provide the basic institutional and financial setting for pursuing criminological research in the Balkans. Due to the very limited research funding opportunities in the Balkans the presentation will also highlight promising avenues of acquiring research funds as well as their optimal usage.
Keywords: Balkan Criminology, Max Planck Partner Group
Author: Bezic Reana, Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb

Title: Mppg for Balkan Criminology: Education
As a part of the overall scientific programme, the Max Planck Partner Group (MPPG) is providing an education for PhD, Master and Bachelor students. MPPG also provides an education for their junior researcher, who are also PhD candidates of the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law. Among all other activities, MPPG is organizing the ‘Balkan Criminology’ One-Week Intensive Course at the Inter-University Center in Dubrovnik each year. The course provides in-depth and up-to-date knowledge about the state of art in crime research in the Balkans, while introducing its participants to the basics of criminological methodology, phenomenology and etiology. The course serves as a platform for the dissemination of criminological expertise gathered through the MPPG scientific activities: The MPPG research focuses, as well as the expertise gathered at the annual conferences. This concept of transforming newest research findings and expertise from and for the region into transmittable knowledge for course participants ensures a holistic approach that combines education with science and research.
Keywords: Balkan Criminology, Max Planck Partner Group
Author: Kilchling Michael, Max Planck Institute for Foreign and Inter­national Criminal Law

Title: Mppg for Balkan Criminology:Dissemination
Dissemination is a key element of the MPPG concept. At first glance, it is a basic routine activity of researchers to spread the knowledge generated through their scientific work. However, in the specific conceptual framework of the MPPG the widespread distribution of research findings and additional information on the other scientific activities of the Zagreb-based research group and the partners of the Balkan Criminology Network have an additional purpose: as a means to raise interest for the Balkan region and the recognition of the particularities of the "criminological landscape" of the Balkans. In particular when looking at crime and crime control, South-Eastern Europe is distinct to other regions of the continent. This shortly explains why dissemination is such an important component of the overall concept of the research group. The Balkan Criminology book series – in particular the Balkan Criminology Trilogy featuring the current state of criminology, penology and victimology in the region – as well as some other formats will be presented in more detail in this concluding part of the panel session.
Keywords: Balkan Criminology, Max Planck Partner Group
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