XI Annual Online Conference of the Victimology Society of Serbia
Victims and Contemporary Social Context: Challenges and Perspectives

Dear Sir/Madam,
The Victimology Society of Serbia-VDS is organizing the XI Annual Conference entitled Victims and Contemporary Social Context: Challenges and Perspectives, which will be held online, on November 25 and 26, 2021.

This year's conference aims to enable the exchange of experiences and knowledge and to point out the challenges, but also the directions of further work and efforts related to the status of crime victims in the modern social context and the development of victimology.

Plenary speakers at the conference will be:

Prof. Dr. Ezzat A. Fattah: Justice for Crime Victims: Has the Time Finally for a Radical Paradigm Shift?
Prof. dr Ezzat A. Fattah, one of the early pioneers of victimology, is the founder of the School of Criminology at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada, where he is professor emeritus. He has been an inducted fellow of the Royal Society of Canada since 1990. Among the honours he received over the years is an honorary doctorate (honoris causa) from the University of Liege, Belgium (1995). Other prestigious awards include the Konrad Adenauer Research Prize awarded by the German government (1993); the Hermann Mannheim Award by the International Society of Criminology (2007); and the Hans von Hentig Award by the International Society of Victimology (2009). In 1999 he was awarded the - Nora and Ted Sterling Prize in Support of Controversy in recognition of his intellectual courage and for daring to express, air and publish unconventional and unpopular views on a variety of topics related to criminal law, criminology, victimology and criminal justice. And in 1992 he received the Commemorative 125th Anniversary of Canada Medal. Professor Fattah served for several years as the vice-president of the International Society of Criminology and is a foreign honorary member of the Japanese Association of Criminology (JAC).

Prof. dr Jaishankar Karuppannan: Cyber Victimology
Prof. dr Jaishankar Karuppannan is an Independent Cyber Criminologist from India. He was a professor and head of the Department of Criminology at the Raksha Shakti University, and also a faculty member at the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the Monomania Sundaranar University, India. He is the editor in chief of the International Journal of Cyber Criminology and the founding father of Cyber Criminology, an academic sub-discipline of Criminology. Professor Karuppannan is the founder president of the South Asian Society of Criminology and Victimology. He is also a co-founder of the Centre for Cyber Victim Counselling. Professor Karuppannan is appointed by the British Society of Criminology as an International Ambassador. He is a United Nations Expert on matters related to Victims of Terrorism.

Prof. dr Shalva Weil: Are elderly women particularly at-risk? Female geronticide as an increasing phenomenon
Prof. dr Shalva Weil is Senior Researcher at the Seymour Fox School of Education at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. In 2021, she was a visiting scholar at Cambridge University, England. In 2018 she was GIAN Distinguished Professor at Jawaharalal Nehru University, New Delhi. She is an expert on ethnicity (in particular Indian and Ethiopian Jews), and runs a women’s empowerment project for migrants from the former Soviet Union in Israel’s slums. From 2013 to 2017, prof. Weil acted as the Chair of the Cost Action on Femicide Across Europe, heading a Management Committee from 30 countries. She addressed the Parliaments of Portugal, Spain and Italy, and was invited to three UN meetings on femicide. In 2018, she co-edited (with Consuelo Corradi and Marceline Naudi) the book Femicide across Europe (Bristol University Press, Policy). Her publications include a Special Issue on femicide in Current Sociology, 2016; “Failed Femicides among Migrant Survivors” and “Researching Femicide from a Qualitative Perspective” in Qualitative Sociology Review; and “Femicide of Girls in Contemporary India” Ex Aequo, 2016. In 2020, she published an article in the Journal of Gender Studies on the killing of elderly women in Israel, and in 2021 an article (with Katerina Standish) in the same journal on femicide and suicide during covid-19. In 2020, she established the Israel Observatory on Femicide (www.israelfemicide.org).


Dr Uglješa Zvekić and prof. dr Nando Dalla Chiesa: Victims of organized crime and corruption: international perspective and Italian and Latin American experience?
Dr Uglješa Zvekić is a Permanent Representative of the Permanent Observer Mission of the European Public Law Organization (EPLO) at UN in Vienna. He is a Senior Advisor with the Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime. Dr Zvekić is an Adjunct Professor at the School of Government, LUISS, Rome, and at the Law School, University of Rome, as well as a Visiting Professor at the University of Milan. In addition to that, dr Zvekić is an honorary member of the Victimology Society of Serbia. Dr Zvekić is a Member of the Advisory Board of the “International Anti-Corruption Excellence Award”, Vienna. He is a Former Ambassador of the Republic of Serbia to the UN in Geneva. He was also the President of the General Assembly of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) based in Geneva (2011-2013), President of the Executive Committee of the UN Economic Commission for Europe UNECE) based in Geneva (2011-2013), Head of the Strategic Planning Department within the UN Office against Drugs and Crime (UNODC) based in Vienna (2004-2009), Deputy Director of the UN Office against Drugs and Crime for Regional Office for Southern Africa (ROSA UNODC) based in Pretoria (1999-2004), and Deputy Director of the UN Institute for Crime and Criminal Justice Research (UNICRI) based in Rome (1984-1999).

Prof. dr Nando Dalla Chiesa is a full professor at the University of Milan in Sociology of Organized Crime, Sociology and Methods of Lawfulness Education, Geopolitics and Organized Crime. Professor Dalla Chiesa is the president of the CROSS, Observatory on Organized Crime of the University of Milan. He is the delegate of the Rector for Organized Crime and Anti-Mafia Education area at the University of Milan. Professor Dalla Chiesa is the founder of the PhD Studies on Organized Crime at the same University. He is also the founder of an advanced course on International Scenarios of Organized Crime at the same university. He is the chair director of the Cathedra Falcone-Borsellino in Mexico City. Professor Dalla Chiesa is the honorary president of the Libera anti-mafia association and the coordinator of the Antimafia scientific committee at the Lombardy Region. In his career, professor Dalla Chiesa was deputy, senator and undersecretary of the Republic of Italy. Professor Dalla Chiesa writes columns for the newspaper "Il Fatto Quotidiano". He is the author of about 35 books dealing with topics related to the mafia, the judiciary, legal education and anti-mafia movements.

Dr Sanja Milivojevic: Crime and Punishment in the Future Internet: Digital Frontier Technologies and Criminology in the Twenty-First Century
Dr Sanja Milivojevic is a Research Fellow in Criminology at La Trobe, Melbourne and Associate Director of Border Criminologies at Oxford University. Sanja holds LL.B and LL.M from Belgrade University’s Law School, and PhD from Monash University, Australia. Dr Milivojević is one of the founders and a long-time member of the Victimology Society of Serbia. Sanja’s research interests are borders and mobility, security technologies and surveillance, gender and victimisation, and international criminal justice and human rights. She is a recipient of Australian and international research grants, and was NSW representative at the Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology’s Committee of Management (2012-2016). Sanja has been a visiting scholar at University of Oxford, University of Oslo, Belgrade University and University of Zagreb, as well as a Public Interest Law Fellow at Columbia University’s Law School in New York. Sanja publishes in English and Serbian. Her latest book Crime and Punishment in the Future Internet: Digital Frontier Technologies and Criminology in the Twenty-First Century is published by Routledge (2021).

Angelica Pino: To research or not to research? Ethical and practical issues related to research on violence against women during Covid-19.
Angelica Pino is a grant manager and capacity building specialist for the Sexual Violence Research Initiative (South Africa). Mrs. Pino is a feminist lawyer with extensive experience in gender-based violence and gender equality. She started her work in the human rights field in Chile in the 1980s, while the country was under General Pinochet’s dictatorship. As a law student, she worked in NGOs conducting human rights awareness and training in disadvantaged communities, and at the same time became involved in the feminist movement. She worked as a lawyer in women’s rights NGOs providing counselling and legal advice to women survivors of gender-based violence, as well as conducting training and research on women and the law. After the democratisation of the country, Ms. Pino joined the Ministry of Justice to work in a Legal Aid Project, where she coordinated mobile Legal Information Centres in townships. She moved to South Africa in 1994, where she has worked in several women’s rights organisations and initiatives managing programmes on feminist networks and on gender-based violence.

Dr Mirjana Dokmanović: Appreciative Inquiry as a Catalyst for Developing Victimology of a Victor
Dr Mirjana Dokmanović is a Research Associate at the Centre for Legal Research of the Institute of Social Sciences in Belgrade. She has published a number of publications and research articles in the fields of law, gender studies and feminist economics. Her work is based on interdisciplinary studies, and her research interests include gender aspects of globalization and transition, the impact of globalization on the state of play of human rights, feminist economics and victimology. She has a broad professional experience as a consultant in assisting the UN agencies, the Council of Europe and governments to develop and implement antidiscrimination and gender equality policies, as well as in gender analysis of legislation and policies. She served as a Director of the International Action Network on Small Arms (IANSA), London, UK (2011-2012). Dr Dokmanović is a certified instructor for management in global change and social innovation by using the method of ’appreciative inquiry’ developed by Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, USA. Dr Dokmanović is a member of the Executive Board of the Victimology Society of Serbia and deputy editor-in-chief of the scientific journal Temida.

Prof. dr Slobodan Savić: Current problems in protecting children from abuse and neglect
Prof. dr Slobodan Savić is a full professor at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Belgrade. He is employed at the Institute of Forensic Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Belgrade. Since 2009, he has been the president of the Victimology Society of Serbia. For the period of 2000 to 2004, he was the head of the Department of Forensic Medicine at the Medical Faculty, University of Belgrade, and from 2009 to 2012 he was also the Vice Dean of the Medical Faculty, University of Belgrade. Prof. Savić is also teaches Forensic Medicine at the Faculty of Law, University of Belgrade. He is a permanent forensic expert in the field of medicine - specialization: forensic medicine. He is a member of the Serbian Medical Society and the Section for Forensic Medicine SLD, a regular member of the Balkan Academy of Forensic Sciences, and was the president of this association for a one-year term in 2006/2007. He is a member of the National Expert Group for the Development and health of young people, established by the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Serbia - a subgroup for the protection of children from abuse and neglect. In the period from 2007 to 2019, he was the president of the Ethical Committee of Serbia. Prof. Savić has been an extraordinary member of the Academy of Medical Sciences of the Serbian Medical Association since 2020.