Northwestern University

Feb
1
Wed 12:00 PM

Wednesdays@PAS: Juvenile Justice in Cameroon, Sierra Leone, and Cote d'Ivoire: Reflections from a Practitioner Perspective

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When: Wednesday, February 1, 2017
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM  

Where: 620 Library Place, 1st Floor Conference Room, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Program of African Studies   847.491.7323

Group: Program of African Studies

Category: Lectures & Meetings

Description:

Come join PAS for our weekly lunch and lecture. Lunch provided by PAS.

Speaker: Joshua Dankoff, Project Director for the Massachusetts Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Leadership Forum

Title: Juvenile Justice in Cameroon, Sierra Leone, and Cote d'Ivoire: Reflections from a Practitioner Perspective

Abstract: The response to children who break societal rules differs across regions and the world. In West and Central Africa, there are also significant differences between and even within countries. This presentation will explore these differential responses to children accused of wrongdoing in three countries: Cameroon, Sierra Leone, and Côte d'Ivoire. Drawing from experience as an employee, consultant, and researcher for UNICEF, as well as a Fulbright-Clinton Public Policy Fellow in a Ministry of Justice, the presentation offers a practitioner's perspective in working with government and traditional actors at the intersection of child protection and justice sector reform. 

Bio: Joshua Dankoff is Project Director for the Massachusetts Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Leadership Forum, and also an independent consultant. His career has focused on justice for children, child protection systems building, and rule of law both domestically and internationally. He has worked extensively with UNICEF, most recently as Child Protection Specialist (responsible for Child Justice and Birth Registration) in Sierra Leone where he helped facilitate the launch of the Child Justice Strategy 2014-2018. He has previous experience with the Ministry of Justice in Côte d’Ivoire while on a Fulbright-Clinton Public Policy Fellowship; the Firelight Foundation in California; and as a consultant with UNICEF, Child Frontiers, Civil Registration Centre for Development, and others. Joshua holds a Bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University in Connecticut, and a Juris Doctor from Loyola University Chicago School of Law, where he earned certificates in Child Law and Public Interest Law. He also has a Masters in Development Practice from the University of Queensland, Australia. In 2014, he taught a masters-level course entitled "Child Rights, Protection, and Development" at the University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany.

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