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About AIMJF

The International Association of Youth and Family Judges (AIMJF) is an NGO (Non-Governmental Organization) with consultative status with the Council of Europe and associated with the Department of Public Information. It was founded in 1928, and in 1963, and registered in Brussels, Belgium. The deployment of its global efforts is not only concerned with establishing links between judges from different countries, but also with other international associations that work in the field of child and family protection. Promotes international research in relation to problems with the functioning of the courts and various laws related to youth and family. It represents on a global scale the efforts to act in relation to the protection of children and adolescents and juvenile crime.


Its members include national associations and individuals from all parts of the world committed to this task, who exercise functions as juvenile and family judges or functions within professional services directly related to juvenile and family justice or its wellness.

History

At the beginning of the 20th century, society faces the condition of minors at risk. In the United States, in 1899 we witnessed the creation of juvenile courts that are inspired by both Europe and America, judges and social organizations must solve the problems of minors. In 1906, Eduard Hubert Julhiet promoted a juvenile justice system separate from adults.

On June 29, 1911, the first international congress of juvenile courts was organized in Paris. In addition to being Eduard Hubert Julhiet the president of the organizing committee, he was the guiding spirit of the theme. In that congress, an international commission was created “to draw conclusions from the established principles and prepare a second event” that would take place in 1928 in Paris. The pioneer judges, “a little lost in the sum of the problems” – felt the need to join forces, thus establishing a new organizing committee (Provisional Executive). On July 26, 1930, the first founding congress of the International Association of Children’s Judges, now known as the International Association of Youth and Family Judges (AIMJF), was organized.

As for the name of the Association, we remember that in 1930, it was known as the International Association of Children’s Judges (AIJE). On July 18, 1958, during the 5th World Congress in Brussels, the General Assembly changed the name of the Association. It would then be known as the International Association of Juvenile Magistrates (AIMJ). At the 10th World Congress held in Montreal on July 21, 1978, the General Assembly approved the new statutes of the Association known today as the International Association of Youth and Family Magistrates (AIMJF).

Logo

The 9th World Congress of the IAYFJM was held in Oxford, England, from 15 – 20 July 1974. During the opening ceremony the Association received as a gift from its honorary President, Mrs Clare Spurgin (England), a medallion to be worn as the presidential badge of office. The emblem depicts the famous Ivory Hand, now in the Louvre Museum in Paris, which was held as a sceptre by the Kings of France in the XII century to symbolise their judicial power.

Two fingers are raised as a sign of benediction and mercy, and two are lowered as a sign of justice; the whole hand indicates that every accused person enjoys the protection of a judge. AIMJF has adopted a stylized image of thar emblem as its logo

A new logo has been designed based on the same idea, but connected with digital era and contemporary issues of children´s rights and the justice system.

Objectives

1. Establish links between judges, magistrates and specialists from around the world who are related to the judicial authority or of any nature that is concerned with the protection of youth or the family.

2. Study, at the international level, all the problems that arise from the functioning of the judicial authorities and the bodies for the protection of youth and the family; ensure the continuity of the principles that govern those authorities allowing their wide knowledge.

3 . Examine the legislation designed for the protection of youth and the family, as well as the various existing systems for the protection of maladjusted children and youth, or children and youth in social or moral danger, with a view to improving them, at the both national and international.

4. Promote the knowledge and application of the child’s applications.

5. Collaborate with international associations involved in the protection of children and young people and the family.

6. Promote the investigation of the causes of criminal behavior and youth maladjustment, combat its effects and seek permanent prevention and rehabilitation programs; become personally involved as an entity with the moral and material improvement of the youth’s destiny and, in particular, with the future of youth in moral or social danger.

7. Collaborate with International Associations involved in the minor and the family.

Executives

Name Position Country Email
David Stucki President U.S.A [email protected]
Jorge Jiménez Martin Deputy President Spain [email protected]
Andréa Santos Souza Secretary General Brazil [email protected]
Ursina Weidkuhn Deputy Secretary General Switzerland [email protected]
Anne Marie Otis Treasurer Canada [email protected]
Immediate Past President Marta Pascoal

Council

Name

Position

Country

Email

David Stucki

President

U.S.A.

[email protected]

Jorge Jiménez Martin

Deputy President

Spain

[email protected]

Andréa Santos Souza

Secretary General

Brazil

[email protected]

Ursina Weidkuhn

Deputy Secretary General 

Switzerland

[email protected]

Anne Marie Otis

Treasurer 

Canada

[email protected]

Godfrey Allen

Magistrate

England and Wales

[email protected]

Eduardo Rezende Melo

Judge

Brazil

[email protected]

Lise Gagnon

Judge

Canada

Isabelle Soenen

Advocate Général

Belgium

Anne-Catherine Hatt

Prosecutor

Switzerland

Alice Grunenwald

Judge

France

Theresia Höynck

Prof

Germany

[email protected]

Aleksandra Deanoska

Prof

Macedonia

[email protected]

Margareeth Dam

Judge

Netehrlands

[email protected]

Magdalena Szafranek

Lawyer and Professor

Poland

Karabo Ozah 

Lawyer

South Africa

[email protected]

Petra Guder

NCJFCJ

USA/Germany

Martine de Maximy

Judge

France

Honorary Membership:
Joseph Moyersoen (Italy, [email protected]) and Jean Trépanier (Canada, [email protected])

General Committee

Name

Position

Country

Email

David Stucki

President

U.S.A.

[email protected]

Jorge Jiménez Martin

Deputy President

Spain

[email protected]

Andréa Santos Souza

Secretary General

Brazil

[email protected]

Ursina Weidkuhn

Deputy Secretary General 

Switzerland

[email protected]

Anne Marie Otis

Treasurer 

Canada

[email protected]

Godfrey Allen

Magistrate

England and Wales

[email protected]

Eduardo Rezende Melo

Judge

Brazil

[email protected]

Lise Gagnon

Judge

Canada

Isabelle Soenen

Advocate Général

Belgium

Anne-Catherine Hatt

Prosecutor

Switzerland

Alice Grunenwald

Judge

France

Theresia Höynck

Prof

Germany

[email protected]

Aleksandra Deanoska

Prof

Macedonia

[email protected]

Margareeth Dam

Judge

Netehrlands

[email protected]

Magdalena Szafranek

Lawyer and Professor

Poland

Karabo Ozah 

Lawyer

South Africa

[email protected]

Petra Guder

NCJFCJ

USA/Germany

Martine de Maximy

Judge

France

Pierre Rans

Avocat Général

Belgium

Maxi Wantzen

Judge

Germany

Katarzyna Kosciów-Kowalczyk

Judge

Poland

[email protected]

Mary Beloff 

Prosecutor, AJUNAF -Argentinian Association

Argentina

[email protected]

Laurent Gebler (S)

Judge

France

Michael Sommerfeld

Prosecutor

Germany

Cristina Maggia

Judge

Italy

[email protected]

Francesca Pricoco

Judge

Italy

Ms. Asami Tejima

Judge, Supreme Court

Japan

Mr. Sakon Togari (S)

Judge, Supreme Court

Japan

Ellen Van Kalveen

Netherlands

Carin Strop (S)

Netherlands

Tomas Alva

Judge, District Court

Sweden

[email protected]

Anthony Capizzi

Judge

U.S.A.

Fabrice Cregut

Dr, Tdh Lausanne – Swiss Foundation

Switzerland

(S): alternate (article 20 Statutes of the International Association of
Youth and Family Judges).

Statutes