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REPORT

on the activities of the National Institute of Criminology (OKRI) in 2016


(Please find the final results of researches at "Research projects")

 

I. UTILISATION OF RESEARCH RESULTS


Considerable attention was devoted to the utilisation of research results in this reporting period as well. Areas for the utilisation of results include cooperation in theoretical development, and the representation of research results in educational activities – in development training courses for staff and drafters from the Prosecutor’s Office, university and college education and postgraduate training courses – as well as at conferences and other professional events. Our research results also assisted our involvement on request in the codification and statutory interpretation activities of the Prosecutor General’s Office. Our researchers have published in and worked as editors or proofreaders for several professional journals. Their active involvement in scientific organisations is also a significant factor. Our researchers expressing their views in the media also played an important role in informing the public by presenting our results, approaches and opinions to broad circles in the course of the current year.
 

1. Presentations

In 2016, researchers from the Institute delivered a total of 107 presentations at various conferences and professional forums. Of these presentations, 29 were delivered in a foreign language and 20 were abroad.
Requests to chair sessions also indicate professional recognition and presume professional skills. In the year of the report, researchers from the Institute were requested to chair sessions on 11 occasions, with 8 out of them at conferences held in foreign languages.

 

2. Publications

In the current year, researchers published a total of 123 publications, 15 of them in a foreign language. Of the latter, 11 were published abroad.
This year, OKRI’s researchers published 36 chapters in books and 7 monographs (books, notes), and were authors of studies published in 36 scientific periodicals and 16 conference publications. In addition, 9 papers were published in publications of the Institute, as well as 15 studies on other platforms (abstract, beyond the website of the institute, other web interfaces etc.), and our colleagues were asked 9 times to edit various professional volumes. It is an increasingly characteristic phenomenon that some parts of professional periodicals are not published in a printed form: they are only available on the world wide web. It is therefore fortunate that researchers from the Institute also exploit the flexible publication opportunities provided by the internet. 

3. Involvement in domestic and international professional cooperation and project tenders

3.1. Professional cooperation

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Editing of the volume titled "Security Challenges of the 21st Century”
Cooperating institution: MTA (Hungarian Academy of Sciences) and the Scientific Council
of Internal Affairs

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Formulation of the indicators of hate crimes
Cooperating institution: Helsinki Committee, Working Group Against Hate Crimes

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Preparation of the technical conference titled "Asymmetric Warfare"
Cooperating institution: Hungarian Defence Forces Scientific Research Centre

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Participation in the work of the Personality, Health and Emotional Control Research Group (formerly Criminal Psychology Research Team) of the ELTE Institute of Psychology, with special regard to the research on criminology.
Cooperating institution: ELTE PHECRG (PISZEÉK – Hungarian abbreviation)

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Developing a professional protocol for special education judicial expert activity
Cooperating institution: Gusztáv Bárczi College of Special Education

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PoMigra – Politically Motivated Crimes related to Migration
Cooperating institution: Bundeskriminalamt (BKA), Germany


3.2. Tenders

In the year of reporting, we submitted one research tender and a further application submitted in 2014 was being implemented.

1.

Year of submission: 2015
The project: Internal Security Fund, 2016–2017
Title and topic: Politically motivated crime in the light of current migration flows –
a transnational situation report and development of practical prevention measures

Cooperating partners: Federal Criminal Police Office of Germany (BKA), University Brno, OKRI, University Milano

2.   Year of submission: 2014
The project: HORIZON 2020
Title and topic: Fear of crime
Cooperating partners: University of Barcelona, Departament d’Interior de la Generalitat de Catalunya, University of Milan – Bicocca, EuroCrime (Italy) University College London TNS BMRB (UK), Observatoirenational de la délinquance et des réponsespénales (France)


4. Involvement in professional organisations

Professional recognition of the Institute’s researchers is indicated by requests to participate in the work of various professional organisations and bodies, and effective contributions to them. Most researchers are members and/or officers of one or more Hungarian or international organisations having a profile associated with research topics.

In 2016, the Institute’s staff took part in the work of the following international professional bodies:

• American Society of Criminology – member
• Balkan Criminology Network – national representative, contact point
• EUCPN (EU Crime Prevention Network) – scientific contact point
• European Expert Network on Terrorism (EENet) – member
European Forum for Restorative Justice – member
European Journal of Probation, Editorial Board – member of the editorial board
• European Law Institute – member
European Society of Criminology – member, codification working group member
• Independent Academic Research Studies – member
International Bullying Prevention Associaton – member
International Journal of Information Security and Cybercrime (IJISC) Scientific Board – member
International Society of Criminology – member
Policing & Society – Advisory Board – member


5. Education

1.1 OKRI researchers provide regular training courses at the following higher education institutions:

• Eötvös Loránd University, Faculty of Law and Political Sciences, Department of Criminology
• Eötvös Loránd University, Faculty of Law and Political Sciences, Doctoral School
• Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Faculty of Law and Political Sciences, Department of Substantive Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure and Sentencing
• Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Deák Ferenc Institute
• Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church, Doctoral School
• Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church, Faculty of Law and Political Sciences
• Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church, Faculty of Humanities, Institute of Social and Communication Sciences
• Central European University (CEU)
• National University of Public Service, Faculty of Law Enforcement, Department of Criminology
• National University of Public Service, Faculty of Law Enforcement, Doctoral School of Military Sciences
• Hungarian University of Fine Arts, Doctoral School
• Goethe University (Frankfurt)

1.2 Taught subjects, courses

• data protection
• judicial and prosecutorial management
• criminal law
• criminal-enforcement law
• crime prevention
• violent crime, domestic violence
• ”EU constitutional law”
• ”EU criminal justice”
• European criminal-enforcement law
• European criminal law
• children and the elderly becoming victims
• criminal policy
• criminal psychology
• criminology
• international criminal law
• poenology
• ”selected issues in criminology and forensic sciences”
• ”theories of European Integration”


2. Prosecutor training activities

The researchers of the Institute took an active part in the training activities of prosecutors in the reporting year, too. Three lectures were held:

  • 27 January, Prosecutor General’s Office, Budapest
    Protecting the European Union’s financial interests, in particular the European Public Prosecutor’s Office
    Lecturer: Anna Kiss
  • 10 May, Prosecutor General’s Office of Bács-Kiskun County, Kecskemét
    Criminal justice issues of migration
    Lecturer: Anna Kiss
  • 17 October, Prosecutor General’s Office, Balatonlelle
    The criminology and victims of sexual assault and exploitation
    Lecturer: György Virág

6. Media appearances

According to our records, researchers from the Institute featured as experts in printed and electronic media on a total of 107 registered occasions in 2016.
Of which:  13 were in print media,
                 22 were on the radio,
                 58 were on a TV channel, and
                 14 were on the internet.

 

II. DOMESTIC AND FOREIGN RELATIONS

 

1. OKRI’s domestic relations

The Hungarian relations of the Institute were generally similar to those of previous years. The application of the focus group qualitative research methodology also strengthened our professional relations in the reporting year by virtue of establishing direct working relations with external professional operators.

A professional cooperation agreement initiated in 2014 continued this year also with the Institute of Legal Studies of the Centre of Social Sciences of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (MTA TK JTI); preparatory work (editing, correction) has been prepared for the conference publication publishing the results of a joint series of conferences from last year and the year prior, and the volume is expected to be released next year.

Cooperation was the closest again with the Prosecutor General’s Office and with the prosecution apparatus in general. This year, the Prosecutor’s Office initiated more than one third (34.2%, 13 tasks) of all projects in the process. Of the work plan projects, 8 were initiated by the Prosecutor's Office (three by the Prosecutor General's Office and five by the county Prosecutor's Offices), two by the Scientific Council and one by the Ministry of Justice. Five additional tasks were performed on request by the Prosecutor General’s Office during the year, in addition to the work plan and the research conducted alongside the work plan.

Our researchers traditionally participate in the work of higher education institutions; many of them hold university positions.
In 2016, researchers participated in domestic conferences, round table or professional discussions, on 87 occasions where they delivered presentations on special request, and on a further 105 occasions where they attended domestic and foreign conferences without delivering a presentation.

 

2. OKRI’s international relations 

nternational relations play an important role in the life of research institutes. International relations provide researchers with feedback, and it also helps to evaluate OKRI’s research activities, considering that invitations to take part in international projects, joint applications, or offers to publish in renowned international professional magazines all imply that the international scientific community continuously evaluates OKRI’s research activities and professional accomplishments.

OKRI’s researchers delivered 20 presentations abroad at conferences, workshops or expert discussions. At the same time, a total of 29 occasions involved presentations held in a foreign language. On 6 other occasions, participants attended foreign conferences without delivering a presentation. Conference participations were covered in part by the Prosecutor General’s Office, the researcher’s grants and other funds, and in part financed by the inviting party.

The Institute is a research location with traditionally good international relations. One of the Institute’s oldest and best functioning relations is with the Max Planck Institute of Freiburg, with which the exchange of experience and information and the organisation of joint conferences has been ongoing for decades. In addition, the MPI has in many cases received OKRI researchers as grant holders. In the current year, two institute researchers were awarded research grants to the MDI and another researcher was a scholar at the Goethe Institute in Frankfurt.

In the context of international relations, the staff of the Institute participated in the following forums:

– COST Conference: Bridging Research, Policy and Practice
      10–13 March, Brussels, Belgium
– EENeT – Subgroup Meeting 2016
      14–16 March, Budapest (migration conference)
– An EU mechanism on Democracy, the Rule of Law and Fundamental Rights
      7 April, European Parliament, Brussels, Belgium
– Hungarian Victimisation Surveys
      19 May, PPSUC, Beijing, China
– 8th International Conference on Global Education
      7 June, Bridgewater, Massachusetts, USA
– XI. Spanish Criminology Conference
     15 June, Barcelona Departament d’Interio, Barcelona, Spain
– 3rd Annual Conference of Balkan Criminology
      4 September, University of Bucharest - Faculty of Law, Bucharest
– POMIGRA (Politically motivated crime in the light of current migration flows)
      5-7 September, Eltville, Germany
– Intercultural Education at the Crossroads International Conference
      7 September, ELTE PPK (Pedagogical and Psychological Faculty), Budapest
– Global Trends in Law Enforcement Training and Education
      5–7 October, NKE (National University of Public Service), Budapest
– Theories of European Legal Integration
      15 November, Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany
– American Society of Criminology annual conference
      16 November, New Orleans, USA
– Symposium on Social Inequalities and Education of Marginalized Young People
      24 November, Cologne, Germany
– Presentation of Shanghai Academy's Chinese delegation
      25 November, Prosecutor General’s Office, Budapest
– 18. World Congress of Criminology
      16–18 December, Delhi, India

 

III. LIBRARY


The library stocks consists of 9,118 inventory units. 
In 2016 the library stock increased by 124 volumes, of which 40 were received as gifts or in exchange. Of the 124 volumes, 40 are in foreign languages, primarily in English. 

Exchanging and gifts are important sources for our collection. We consider it important to maintain good relations with libraries collecting books from similar sources. Of the exchange partners, there is outstanding cooperation with the libraries of the Max Planck Institute of Freiburg, the Pázmány Péter Catholic University, the University of Miskolc and the National University of Public Services, Faculty of Policing Studies, but from this year an exchange relationship was formed with the Library of the Centre for Social Sciences of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

This year, a verbal agreement was reached with the Parliamentary Library, in which the library undertook that its specialists will provide continuous information on a specific field, and traditional and electronic information sources related to thematic topics on domestic and international online databases. Within the context of this service, the contents of current foreign curricula, selected by us, are sent electronically, which allows researchers to find out about the newly published literature.

At present, the library subscribes to the following international periodicals:
• The British Journal of Criminology
• European Journal of Criminology
• Kriminalistik
• Kriminologisches Journal
• Monatsschrift für Kriminologie und Strafrechtsreform



IV. INTERNAL CONTINUOUS DEVELOPMENT SYSTEM
OF THE INSTITUTE


The following presentations were delivered in the internal continuous development system of the Institute during the current year:

  • 24 February
    Usury offenses in Hungary
    Lecturer: Petronella Deres
  • 23 March
    Life imprisonment
    Lecturers: Ágnes Solt – Szilvia Antal
  • 22 June
    International migration and security based on theory and practical experiences
    Lecturer: Szilveszter Póczik
  • 28 September
    Risk assessment in the Criminal Justice System
    Lecturer: Judit Szabó
  • 26 October
    Green Criminology
    Lecturer: Ferenc Irk
  • 30 November
    Religion, values and criminal deviancy among juveniles
    Lecturer: Eszter Sárik

 

V. CONTACTS, POPULARISATION OF SCIENCE

  • 13 April
    The experiences of the criminal procedures started from January 2006 concerning damaging nature of the „Natura 2000” areas
    Organiser: OKRI

  • 10 April
    Sexual Violence – Myth and Reality (the conference is held in english)
    Organiser: OKRI

  • 25 May
    Legal and public safety issues of sport hooliganism outside sports facilities

    Organiser: OKRI

  • 17 November
    Law application practice in cases of life imprisonment and condicional release
    Organisers: OKRI & Ministry of Justice


VI. WEBSITE


As a result of rapidly evolving technology, it has become necessary to update and modernise the site of the Institute, which has now been operating for ten years. During the reporting period, the acquisition of the required additional software package was concluded, then in the first half of the year a staff member of the Department of Research Management, Documentation and International Relations uploaded the content of the website in Hungarian, then in English in the second half of the year, while also updating the data.

As a result of our upgrading works, our modern web interface is enabled for browsing with other data carriers (smartphones, tablets, laptops, etc.) beyond "traditional" (desktop, PC) applications.

The updated website comprehensively fulfils its information provision duty, as it did before, including

• reports published on wide-ranging operations at the Institute;
• information provided on an ongoing basis on current domestic and international events;
• each of our researchers has an individual personalised interface where they can update their particulars, post their studies, and disclose other information;
• our publications promoted in a special section;
• insights provided into the life of the Institute; news is supplemented with photos of memorable events;
• with key data we assist in producing more specific searches, as well as enhancing hits through international search engines;
• the English version of the homepage that assists foreigners in browsing;
• both in Hungary and internationally, in partnership with partner sites, there are more and more external links to the website of our Institute, therefore we also publish website access to many organisations and institutions in the "Useful links" section.

Following the updates, the renewed website is user-friendly, informative and its appearance is worthy of a European level research institute.

 

 

 

 
Workshops at National Institute of Criminology
2018

 

30 June

Krisztina Farkas – Anna Kiss

The System of the Criminal Procedure according to the new Criminal Procedure Act II.


The workshop is held in Hungarian.
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