Call for papers and Submission Guidelines

The SPECTO 2024 conference welcomes academics, researchers, policymakers, practitioners, technologists, psychologists, social workers, and anyone passionate about shaping the future of criminal justice. This event invites you to engage, collaborate, and contribute your unique perspective to the discourse. Join us as we collectively explore innovative pathways towards a more effective, ethical, and technologically-informed criminal justice system.

Papers submitted for presentation should pertain to the SPECTO 2024 Topics outlined below.

Abstracts will be submitted on the link from the registration button. The abstract submission deadline has been extended to Thursday, 28th March 2024!

After receiving confirmation that your paper will be included in the conference program, you are asked to pay the registration fee, no later than April 15th, 2024, and to send the payment documents to:

Main Topics

  1. Addressing criminal justice system in the digital era.  
  2. Exploring EU policy recommendations supporting multi-agency collaboration.  


  1. Technology Enabled Rehabilitation 

– How do technological advancements improve rehabilitation outcomes? 

– What challenges and solutions do we face when implementing technology in rehabilitation practices? 

– How does technology affect personalized rehabilitation programs? 

– How can we assess the usability and accessibility of technology-enabled rehabilitation solutions? 

– How can interdisciplinary approaches enhance Technology Enabled Rehabilitation? 

  1. Technology Innovations and the Criminal Justice System

– What are the specific needs and challenges within the criminal justice system that can be addressed or improved through technology adoption?

– How has technology transformed the process of collecting, analyzing, and presenting evidence for court?

– Effectiveness of using Technology Innovations for crime prevention and reducing recidivism rates.

– How can policymakers and regulatory bodies support innovation while ensuring safety and quality standards?

  1. Ethical Implications of Technology/AI in the Criminal Justice System

– What are the ethical considerations and potential biases of using Technology in the Criminal Justice System. Do AI and technologies align with the ethical goals of rehabilitation and reintegration?

– How transparent and accountable are technology/AI enabled systems? 

– What is the role of human oversight in AI-based decisions within the criminal justice system? 

– Does the implementation of AI and technology damage public trust the criminal justice system?

– What policies or guidelines ensure the ethical use of technology and how do technologies intersect with human rights concerns?

  1. Training for Technology Adoption 

– What training programs can facilitate an understanding of the technological tools used in the criminal justice system? What specific skills should be acquired?

– What ethical and legal training should go alongside technological training? 

– How can cross-disciplinary training enhance understanding and cooperation?

– How can funding, infrastructure, and administrative support be optimized for successful technology adoption training?

  1. Policies for Including Technology in the Criminal Justice System 

– What are the primary goals of integrating technology, and how can policies align with these objectives?

– How can policies ensure the responsible handling of sensitive data while safeguarding individual privacy rights?

– How can policies ensure that the decision-making processes involving technology are transparent and subject to accountability measures?

– How can policies facilitate seamless communication and data sharing between agencies?

– How can policies keep pace with technological advancements? 

– How can policies encourage collaboration and partnerships between the public sector, private tech companies, academia, and civil society in developing and implementing technology within the criminal justice system?