June 4, 2018
Professor Ali Wardak was an invited speaker at the World Congress on Justice for Children that was held between 28 – 30 May 2018 in Paris.
The Congress was held at the UNESCO house and was attended by over 800 participants from 113 countries. Speakers at the Congress included senior government officials, diplomats, academics, policy makers, and professionals from different parts of the world.
Professor Wardak’s presentation focused on his recently completed field research in Palestine and was titled ‘A Hybrid Model of Juvenile Justice System in Palestine’. Professor Wardak argued that the proposed ‘hybrid model’ provides a coherent framework linking state justice and relevant traditional, religious and modern civil society institutions in mutually constitutive ways as checks and balances on each other. He further maintained that if appropriately translated into practice, the ‘hybrid model’ not only has a strong potential to minimise violation of children’s rights; it also promises the provision of more accessible, inclusive and restorative justice to all children in Palestine. The session was followed by a discussion with participants including customary judges from Faso Burkina, pictured below with Professor Wardak.