Rights of accompanied children in asylum proceedings: the challenges of a holistic approach and high quality decision-making – Ellen Desmet

When children’s rights and state sovereignty meet in migration law, their relationship becomes fraught with tensions. This could be a key reason why 15 of the 16 communications on which the CRC Committee on the Rights of the Child adopted views pursuant to Article 10(5) of the Optional Protocol providing a Communications Procedure (CRC OP3), concern theContinue reading “Rights of accompanied children in asylum proceedings: the challenges of a holistic approach and high quality decision-making – Ellen Desmet”

Are we buying more drugs thanks to the internet? #darkweb – Charlotte Colman

You can buy drugs on the street, from a dealer, from friends. Or, in the year 2021, through the dark depths of the internet: the dark web. How difficult is it to order drugs from your armchair? How does it work? Who are the buyers? What do the police know about it? And doesn’t thisContinue reading “Are we buying more drugs thanks to the internet? #darkweb – Charlotte Colman”

Should we legalise all drugs? – Tom Decorte

Did you know that our drug law is already 100 years old? The idea is that the best way to tackle drug trafficking and drug use is to criminalise both supply and demand. Only…. this doesn’t seem to be working. Demand has only increased and the supply of drugs is bigger than ever. With aContinue reading “Should we legalise all drugs? – Tom Decorte”

Embracing strength over fear: Reframing the narrative of mentally ill offenders – Tom Vander Beken

Research on mentally ill offenders in different disciplines often focuses more on the concept of ‘delinquent’ than on ‘mentally ill’. It is important to change the way these subjects are approached in research and in society. The aim of the study was to embrace a strengths-based approach rather than a risk-based approach to this groupContinue reading “Embracing strength over fear: Reframing the narrative of mentally ill offenders – Tom Vander Beken”

Are drug users’ needs being met thanks to treatment services in Ghent? – Freya Vander Laenen

Recently, a study was conducted on behalf of the MSOC, the Medical Social Care Center in Ghent. The MSOC provides accessible care for users of illegal drugs, especially opioid users. During this project, it was determined which population is effectively reached (or not quite), what the needs and profiles of these users are, and recommendationsContinue reading “Are drug users’ needs being met thanks to treatment services in Ghent? – Freya Vander Laenen”

Welcome at Crime@UGent!

Welcome on the first blog post of Crime@UGent. Through this blog, we want to tell you more about the research of our young and senior researchers who are member of the IDC Crime, Criminology and Criminal Policy. This way, we try to inform as many people as possible about these instructive researches. What is IDCContinue reading “Welcome at Crime@UGent!”