Criminology on the Cutting Edge: Innovations in Crime and Technology / Drapkin International Conference


Mon, 22/05/2017 (All day)


Institute of Criminology, Faculty of Law, The Hebrew University

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The 2017 Drapkin international conference aims to bring together some of the brightest minds in criminology to discuss cutting-edge interdisciplinary research in criminology and to provide a platform for international collaboration between Hebrew University faculty and students and researchers from abroad. The daylong conference will focus on three areas at the cutting edge of research on crime and justice: epigenetics and crime; cybercrime & prevention; and innovative methods for the assessment of criminal justice interventions. Within this context we will highlight the importance of research as a basis for policy and practice. 


At this conference, we will host several renowned criminologists who are considered leaders in their fields: Richard Tremblay, 2017 recipient of the Stockholm Prize in Criminology and Professor of Pediatrics, Psychiatry, and Psychology at the University of Montreal and Canada Research Chair in Child Development, who will present his research on bio-social factors in the development and prevention of aggression in children and adolescents; Kevin Beaver, Judith Rich Harris Professor of Criminology at Florida State University, who will be presenting his work on epigenetics and crime; Kyle Treiber, University Lecturer in Neuro-criminology at Cambridge University who will present her work on how the neuropsychological dimensions of criminal decision making interact with environmental factors; David Maimon, Associate Professor of Criminology at the University of Maryland, who will be presenting his groundbreaking research on cybercrime prevention; Professor Catrien Bijleveld, Director of the Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement and her collaborator, Marleen Weulen Kranenbarg, who will present their research on the human dimensions of cybercrime; and John MacDonald, Professor of Criminology and Sociology and Director of the Fels Institute of Government at the University of Pennsylvania, who is an expert in using the latest econometric methods to identify the causal effect of criminal justice interventions. In addition, faculty members from the Hebrew University will present their current work in the fields of cybercrime and criminal justice evaluations. As in past years, we will organize additional talks and meetings with our visitors in the days around the conference in order to maximize dialogue and future collaboration between Hebrew University faculty and students and the visiting scholars. 


Epigenetics and Crime

Richard Trembley (University of Montreal) 
“The Development of Chronic Physical Aggression: From Social Learning to Epigenetics”

Kevin Beaver (Florida State University)
"Biosocial Contributors to Violent Behavior"  

Kyle Treiber (Cambridge University)
“How Neuropsychological Dimensions of Criminal Decision Making
Interact with Environmental Factors”
Discussant: Rotem Leshem (Bar Ilan University)



David Maimon (University of Maryland)
“‘Is This Item Still Available for Sale?’ Online Deception and Situations Conducive
to the Progression of Online Advanced Fee Fraud Attempts"

Catrien Bijleveld & Marleen Kranenbarg (NSCR, Netherlands)   
“New Crimes, Same Risk Factors? An Empirical Comparison of Cybercrime
and Non-Cybercrime Offending”

Tamar Berenblum (Hebrew University)
“The Failure of Online Formal Social Control: The Perspective
and Behavior of Internet Users”
Discussant: Gustavo Mesch (University of Haifa)


Advancements in Evaluations of the Criminal Justice System

John MacDonald (University of Pennsylvania)
“Policy Evaluations in Crime and Justice”

Badi Hassisi (Hebrew University)
“A Quasi-Experimental Assessment of Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation
Programs in Prison: Criminal & Social Outcomes”

Josh Guetzkow (Hebrew University)
“Identifying the Causal Effect of Prison Visits on Inmate Violence”
Discussant: David Weisburd (Hebrew University) 


Reception in Honor of Professor Richard Tremblay, 2017 Recipient of Stockholm Prize in Criminology