A great judge and professor, as well as one of the most prominent figures in the area of juvenile justice in Italy, passed away on the evening of November 17 2014, at the age of 87.

For 12 years, Paolo Vercellone acted as President of the juvenile court of Torino, and subsequently became a judge for the appeals courts. From 1990 to 1994, he presided the International Association for Youth and Family Magistrates (AIMJF), of which he remained a member till the very end. He dedicated his entire life to juvenile justice, to working with professionals on the ground, and to the children's bets interests, particularly concerning the fields of adoption and placement.

In November 2007, his 80th birthday was celebrated, as was the release of his publication "Bambini, ragazzi et giudici: Scritti scelti". Mrs Renate Winters, the AIMJF president at the time, congratulated him on the release, and spoke about the personal circumstance surrounding their first meeting: "Dear Paolo (...), I came to our quadrennial international congress in Bremen, quite tired and not really willing to immediately take over the responsible job to assist our Honorary President Horst Schueler-Springorum in revising some texts for the next morning's session.

I tried to find some excuse to disappear and to be able to sleep. At this very moment you entered the room, a bit shaky with a rather heavily bandaged head. You just arrived from the hospital, where they have treated you after a traffic accident if I remember correctly. You looked a bit scary and really worn out and everyone present told you to immediately retreat and go to bed. I remember your answer till today: You said: "no way, we have to finalize the content of the paper. That's important" It really made me understood what dedication means and I thank you for that.
I will try my very best, being the present president of our association, to do my job as responsibly as you have taught me!"

Together with the AIMJF, the entire staff at the International Institute for the Rights of the Child (IDE) would like to pay tribute to Paolo Vercellone.