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In the early twentieth century, society is challenged by the status of children in difficult situations. Already the United States, in 1899 we witnessed the creation of juvenile courts that will inspire both Europe and America, judges and social organizations must solve the problems of children. In 1906, Eduard Hubert Julhiet promotes a juvenile justice system separate from that of adults.

He organized the 29th of June 1911 in Paris, the first international congress of the juvenile courts. In addition to being the president of the organizing committee, it was the guiding spirit. At this congress, an international commission was created “to draw conclusions from the principles laid down (...) and prepare a second event” which will take place in Paris in 1928. The judge pioneers, “a little lost in the sum of problems”, felt the need to unite forces. A new organising committee (Provisional Executive) was established. This organizing committee organise the 26th of July 1930 the 1st  founding congress of the International Association of Judges of the children, now known as the International Association of Youth and Family Judges and  Magistrates (IAYFJM).

Regarding the designation of the IAYFJM,  we remind that in 1930, it was known as International Association of Children Court Judges (AIJE). The 18th of July 1958, at the 5th  World Congress in Brussels, the IAYFJM General Assembly changed the name of the Association. It will then be known as the International Association of Youth Magistrates (DOJI). At the 10th World Congress held in Montreal the 21st of July 1978, the General Assembly adopts new constitution and the Association is now known as International Association of Youth and Family Judges and Magistrates (IAYFJM).


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