At the heart of Europe, Lithuania led the Baltic States
in their drive for independence from the Soviet Union. Now as a newly
fledged democracy within the European Union it is building bridges (and
major roads) to the rest of the world. It is therefore a fitting place
to bring together scholars and other professionals to explore the new
horizons that are opening out as different national, cultural and professional
traditions learn from each other.
We invite you to join us in Vilnius for the XVth European Conference on Psychology
and Law in Vilnius, from June 29 to July 2, 2005, held under the auspices of
the European Association of Psychology and Law (EAPL).
The EAPL conferences have already established a tradition of vibrant debate
between the many branches of psychology and with law. The expansion of the
European Union and the closer ties that enables between Europe and the Americas
and with the Middle East and beyond EAPL is becoming a focus for the exploration
of how psychologists and lawyers can learn from each other. We are dedicating
the conference in Vilnius to the examination of the cross-fertilisation between
all those aspects of psychology that are concerned with the law and legal processes
and what it is that criminal justice systems can learn from and give to the
study of human actions and experiences.
Many new horizons are opening up at the many interfaces within this multi-disciplinary
array. The conference is an opportunity to assess, encourage and develop the
opportunities these new prospects reveal.
The conference will thus consider the interplay between psychology and the
law in many different areas including:
- Criminal Courts
- Family Courts
- Forensic Clinics
- Police investigations
- Long-stay forensic hospitals
- The context of Social 'care'
- Legislation and government policy.
Contributions are welcome for researchers and practitioners,
academics and professionals, scientists, lawyers and, consultants. You
can share your insights and experiences, results of your studies, reviews
of the issues that concern you, and in more informal gatherings, your
delights in Lithuanian food and drink.
Welcome to Vilnius
The conference also offers an exciting opportunity to spend a few days in the
capital of Lithuania. Located on the edge of the Neris River, surrounded by
pine clad hills, Vilnius is a delightful, surprisingly modern and cosmopolitan
city. Small enough to be manageable on foot, yet large enough to offer plenty
to do. Its narrow, twisting cobbled streets, hidden courtyards, Gothic and
Renaissance buildings stretch between many pavement cafes, that offer delicious
Lithuanian delicacies to eat and imbibe. The Old Town of Vilnius was placed
on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1994.
Looking forward to welcoming you to Vilnius,
Rita Zukauskiene, Chair of the Organizing Committee
David Canter, International Co-Ordinator