Francisco López Muñoz takes part in the final conference of the European ‘Preventing Racism and Intolerance’ Project

Francisco López Muñoz, Director of the University Camilo José Cela International Doctoral School, participated in Paris in the final conference of the European Preventing Racism and Intolerance Project on 11 March. The main aim of this initiative, organised by the French Interministerial Delegation to combat racism, anti-Semitism and homophobia (DILCRAH), is to improve the legal penalties in relation to hate crimes, including racism and discrimination for reasons of religion, nationality or sexual diversity.

Francisco López took part in this session as a representative of Spanish civil society, invited by the Ministry of Justice of the French Republic. This participation is in line with the strategy on commitment and social contribution that characterises the action of teachers and researchers at University Camilo José Cela.

Given the rise in Europe of this type of behaviour, the European Preventing Racism and Intolerance Project has focused on improving exchanges between the judicial actors of four European Union member states (France, Great Britain, Germany and Spain). In addition, the initiative has analysed existing measures and provisions in each country, including alternative measures for criminal procedures, identifying innovative measures for these problems and disseminating best practices to interested parties in other Member States.

The project started on 20 November 2017 and following different work meetings during the last year and a half, including field visits to the four countries involved, a Good Practices Guide for the fight against racism and xenophobia has been prepared and will be presented to all European Union countries, as well as to the Council of Europe, the European Commission and the Fundamental Rights Agency.

The final conference of the project analysed the legal response to racism and intolerance, hate speech on social media and awareness on cooperation from various civil society actors. This meeting was attended by representatives of the 28 EU Member States, mainly legal and judicial experts, including magistrates, prosecutors, etc., as well as other experts in related matters and representatives of civil society organisations. In addition to DILCRAH, the conference was sponsored by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights, the REC (Rights Equality Citizenship) Program of the European Union and the French Ministry of Justice.