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15.11.2022 HEUNI Day. Perspectives on the future: migration flows, globalisation, rational and humane criminal policy and beyond

14.11.2022 | News item

The session celebrates HEUNI's 40th anniversary through a dialogue with government actors, civil society, academia and the private sector.

Globalization and migration increase the risks of vulnerable groups to experience exploitation and crime. In this seminar we will address the nexus of crime, exploitation, and vulnerability through four interconnected lenses: access to justice, state responses to violations, corporate social responsibility, and government policies. We place the vulnerable persons - victims of crime and exploitation - at the centre of the discussions.

Building on HEUNI's extensive experience of research and policy development in crime prevention and criminal justice, we strive to find new ways of tackling today's wicked problems in order to build a sustainable future. The session focuses on the interconnected questions of globalization, crime, security, migration and rights and aims to provide four perspectives to these topics.

Venue: The National Museum of Finland / Kansallismuseo, Mannerheimintie 34

Preliminary programme:

9:00 – 9:10 Welcome and opening
Anna-Maja Henriksson, Minister of Justice
9:10 – 9:30 Keynote speech: Towards a global hierarchy of victimhood: global inequality, vulnerability and justice
Dr Katja Franko, Professor, University of Oslo

Ideals of universalism and the idea that all lives are equally valuable, and should be equally worthy of protection, form a standard narrative for human rights regimes and international legal instruments. Moreover, 'vulnerability' is becoming an increasingly important concept within EU law and decision-making. Yet, realities on the ground are marked by social arrangements where lives are de facto unequally protected. The lecture addresses one of the central criminological concepts and perspectives-that of inequality-and examines possible avenues for theorizing the dynamics of global security inequality and inequalities of victimhood.

9:30 – 9:55 Vulnerability and trauma: the human(e) encounter in the criminal justice process
Dr Julia Korkman, Senior Programme Officer, HEUNI and Nina Immonen, judge, the National Courts Administration
9:55 –10:20 In the kingdom of the blind, the one-eyed is king: preventing labour exploitation in Finland
Anniina Jokinen, Senior Programme Officer, HEUNI, Katja-Pia Jenu, Occupational health and safety inspector, Regional State Administrative Agency and Pekka Hätönen, Detective Senior Superintendent, National Investigation Lead on Trafficking in Human Beings, Helsinki Police Department
10:20 –10:45 Levelling the playing field: due diligence in corporate operations and supply chains
Saara Haapasaari, Sustainability Specialist, HEUNI, Marja Innanen, Executive Director of the Finnish local network of the UN Global Compact and Sandra Atler, Director of the Human Rights & Business Practice Group, Enact Sustainable Strategies
10:45 – 11:10 Humane and rational criminal justice in the world of wicked problems
Dr Natalia Ollus, Director, HEUNI and Dr Kimmo Nuotio, Professor, University of Helsinki, member of the HEUNI Advisory Board
11:10 – 11:15 Closing of the event
Dr Miklos Levay, Professor, Eötvös Loránd University, Chair of the HEUNI Advisory Board
11:30 – 12:30 Networking and buffet lunch

Livestream of the event (available at 15.11.2022 from 9 am Finnish time)


Access to justice Criminal justice Event Gender-based violence Human trafficking Labour exploitation SDG Victims of crime