Call For Panel Contributors: “Hate Crime Investigation” at EUROCRIM 2023

Submission Deadline Friday 5 April 2023 


We are looking for contributors for a pre-arranged panel on the theme “Hate crime Investigation” to this year’s EUROCRIM conference, 6-9th September in Florence, Italy. The panel abstract outlining the overall focus of the panel can be found below.

According to the guidelines of EUROCRIM, a pre-arranged panel should consist of 4-5 papers. Paper presentations are “primarily intended for research that is close to being completed or where significant work has already been done”, rather than upcoming projects.

Deadline for providing a paper abstract (maximum of 350 words) for the pre-arranged panel is Friday the 5th of April, and should be sent to

Panel abstract:

Research and governmental reports from several countries point to large challenges in the implementation of hate crime legislation, with practitioners within the justice system highlighting problems such as inadequate resources, detrimental working cultures, and an added burden associated with being required to collect evidence that can substantiate both the crime and the hate motive. This panel brings together researchers from different fields to discuss completed and ongoing research that focus on the challenges of hate crime investigation from different perspectives and projects using different methodological approaches.

While there are differences in the formulation of hate crime legislation in different countries, the term broadly refers to crimes motivated by prejudice against a perceived group belonging of the victim, such as their race, sexual orientation, religion or disability, and tend to disproportionally target minority groups. Hate crimes have serious consequences for victims as they have a more detrimental impact when compared to other crimes, such as higher rates of depression, anxiety, and fear of crime. Additionally, hate crime victimization result in feelings of social exclusion among targeted communities, and reduce the willingness to be part of conventional institutions among marginalized groups. In addition, hate crimes lead to increased polarization and escalation of intergroup conflicts. It is therefore deeply concerning that both state agencies and previous research point to extensive deficiencies in hate crime investigations. These deficiencies include problems in identifying hate crimes, as well as in investigating and proving that a crime is hate based. Few cases reach court, and it is often difficult to discern whether the hate motive has had an impact on sentencing, as is intended by the legislation. For individual victims and vulnerable minority groups, this can contribute to marginalization and can open doors to further radicalization.


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