Newsroom Archive


Internationally Recognized Scholars and Leaders to Discuss Crime, Justice and Policing at Conference in Marrakesh, Morocco

New York, NY, May 26, 2010 – John Jay College of Criminal Justice will sponsor its Ninth Biennial International Conference on “Societies in Transition: Balancing Security, Social Justice and Tradition” in Marrakesh, Morocco from June 2 – 5, 2010. Prominent scholars, civic leaders and government officials from more than 32 countries including the United Kingdom, Turkey, Finland, Canada, Greece, Algeria, Brazil, The Netherlands, South Africa, Ecuador, Italy, Spain, Malaysia, Ireland, Ukraine, Australia, Morocco and the United States, among others will come together to present and discuss the latest research on various criminal justice and human rights-related topics.

The Advisory Council of Human Rights of the Kingdom of Morocco and Hassan II University Mohammédia Casablanca, are co-sponsors of the conference. Cadi Ayyad University is the institutional host.

“This conference will provide a framework for criminal justice scholars and professionals to share knowledge and discuss strategies to address the most serious challenges of 21st Century. John Jay College, our faculty and our conference partners are uniquely positioned to foster this important dialogue,” said Jeremy Travis, President of John Jay College.

“Some issues to be addressed at this conference would show the extent to which transitional justice as well as traditional justice can contribute to consolidating human rights, combating impunity and thus reinforcing the rule of law” said Amhed Herzenni, President of the Moroccan Advisory Council on Human Rights.

Among the many renowned participants are:

Scott Atran, PhD, is a Presidential Scholar in Sociology at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, the Research Director in Anthropology at the National Center for Scientific Research in Paris, France, and a Visiting Professor of Psychology and Public Policy at the University of Michigan.

Ahmed Herzenni, PhD, was appointed by the King of Morocco to be the President of the Advisory Council on Human Rights on May 31, 2007. Mr. Herzenni has a PhD in sociology and in anthropology from the University of Kentucky and a Degree of Advanced Studies in sociology from the Rabat Faculty of Arts and Humanities.

Rahma Bourqia is President of Hassan II University – Mohammedia-Casablanca, where she was Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Previously a Professor of Sociology and Anthropology at Mohammed V University in Rabat, she is the first woman president of a Moroccan university.

The four-day event will examine a broad-cross section of criminal justice issues including the latest research on human rights, drug trafficking and drug abuse, sex trafficking and police training.

Panel topics will include:

  • Family Law and the Status of Women
  • Police Accountability: A Comparative Perspective
  • Social Injustice, Radicalization and Terrorism
  • Religion and Changing Gender Relations
  • Gendering Criminology: The Role of Female Offenders in Transnational Organized Crime
  • Criminal Networks and Organized Crime
  • Evolution of Policing: From Military to Community
  • Place and Population Considerations in Partner Violence
  • Anti-Terrorism Legislation and Human and Minority Rights Across the World
  • Gangs, Transnationalism and the European Context
  • Attitudes towards Crime and Punishment
  • Mediating Difficult Memories: Social Justice and Contested Sites of Remembrance
  • Economic Justice in a Global Age
  • Rape, Sex Work and Sexual Slavery: Political and Economic Considerations
  • Importance of Cultural Considerations in Prison Management
  • Policing to Protect Women and Minority Rights
  • Invisible Violence Against Women

For more information on the international conference, including the conference program, visit:

About John Jay College of Criminal Justice: An international leader in educating for justice, John Jay College of Criminal Justice of The City University of New York offers a rich liberal arts and professional studies curriculum to upwards of 14,000 undergraduate and graduate students from more than 135 nations. In teaching, scholarship and research, the College approaches justice as an applied art and science in service to society and as an ongoing conversation about fundamental human desires for fairness, equality and the rule of law. For more information, visit