Wednesday, March 17, 2021 - 12:00 to 13:00


Topic: “The pedagogical dimension of criminal sanctions for children”

Speaker: Fabrice Crégut, PhD candidate, Centre for Child Rights Studies, Faculty of Law, University of Geneva; Visiting PhD Researcher, UNSW Law and Justice


  • Peta MacGillivray, Youth Justice Advisor, Yuwaya Ngarra-li partnership, Dharriwaa Elders Group + UNSW
  • Phillipa Evans, UNSW Centre for Crime, Law and Justice and School of Social Sciences
  • Noam Peleg, UNSW Law and Justice


Few researchers have explored the question of the pedagogical goals of the criminal sanction for children. Acknowledging a lack of theorisation on the criminal sanction for children, this research project explores two questions: What does the criminal sanction do to help children learn from their actions? How this should be achieved also remains widely debated? Inspired by scholars who argue for a renewed shift of focus to the question of how the pedagogical dimension embedded in these criminal sanctions translates during the juvenile criminal process, this research will try to determine how the pedagogical dimension interacts with the security imperative of criminal sanctions for children. It will look more specifically at the different goals of the criminal sanction in rehabilitating offenders and how these goals may be affected or limited by other imperatives such as personal deterrence or procedural aspects such as the arraignment process, or development or protection considerations. The project consider the laws, institutions, jurisprudence, procedures and intervention protocols from the arrest to the execution of sentences in the juvenile justice systems of Australia (New South Wales) and Switzerland.

Speaker Bio:

Fabrice Crégut has been working in international development with a focus on Human Rights and Access to Justice for the last 15 years. His area of expertise and passion is youth justice. He has worked and explored justice systems in more than 40 countries and participated in the organization of world congresses in justice for children in 2015 in Geneva and 2018 in Paris.

You can visit Fabrice's LinkedIn profile here and his professional website here.