Brian Safran is the author of "Juvenile Justice Policy from the Perspective of International Human Rights," which has been selected for publication later this month by the Cardozo Law Review de•novo of the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.
Brian Safran is the author of "Juvenile Justice Policy from the Perspective of International Human Rights," which has been selected for publication and is expected to be released in October 2012 by the Cardozo Law Review de•novo of the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.
The paper was initially written for an International Human Rights Law course at New York University, where Safran recently earned a Master of Science degree in Global Affairs (with distinction).
Safran's article offers a defense of systems of juvenile justice from a human rights perspective. It seeks to answer the question of why we should have separate systems of justice for minors accused of crimes. The paper provides a brief overview of the significant body of international agreements to which states have acceded, and posits arguments on both sides of the debate as to whether juvenile protections should be strengthened or curtailed. It incorporates international research on judicial outcomes and on the treatment of juveniles, and finds significant gaps between states' commitments and practices. The paper focuses on the neuroscientific and cognitive bases for juvenile treatment, and identifies some of the misconceptions regarding juvenile crime. In the end, it is argued that adjudicating minors through separate systems of juvenile justice best serve the ends of rehabilitating the juvenile as well as protecting society.
Brian is also the author of the article "A Critical Look At Western Perceptions of China's Intellectual Property System," which was published by the University of Puerto Rico's Business Law Journal in June 2012.