New Executive Director Appointed

The Board of Directors of the International Centre for Criminal Law Reform and Criminal Justice Policy (ICCLR) is pleased to announce the appointment of Joanna Nefs as its Executive Director. Ms. Nefs comes to us from Toronto, where she obtained a wealth of experience in law and in the non-profit sector. Currently a provincial prosecutor in Ontario, Ms. Nefs was formerly a project lead and duty counsel with Legal Aid Ontario and a criminal defence counsel in private practice. In 2009, she founded the Fair Change Community Legal Clinic in Toronto, of which she continues to be the Executive Director. Fair Change is a student legal clinic focused on the homeless. She was also an intern with the United Nations in New York, conducting research and working in the area of persons with disabilities. In addition to her current prosecutorial duties, Ms. Nefs is an Adjunct Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School of York University. Her academic qualifications include a Master’s degree in Public and International Affairs and a Juris Doctor.

We at ICCLR are very pleased that Ms. Nefs will be joining the Centre, which is one of two institutes in Canada that are a part of the United Nations Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Network. Housed within the Peter A. Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia, ICCLR represents a partnership of government, university and the private sector focused on project work in areas including anti-corruption, access to justice, restorative justice, violence against women and children, and corrections. Charter and corporate members include the Government of Canada, the Province of British Columbia, the Law Foundation of British Columbia, the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, the International Society for the Reform of Criminal Law, and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.

Podcast Discussion on Money Laundering in Vancouver Casinos by Dr. Peter German

Dr. Peter German, Q.C., author of the comprehensive German Report, recently made an appearance on the TRACE International podcast Bribe, Swindle or Steal to discuss the “Vancouver Model” of financial crime, which includes both money-laundering and drug trafficking using casinos as the way station. Listen to the episode below:

Welcome Vincent Yang

The ICCLR is pleased to announce the appointment of Vincent Yang as a Senior Associate of the Centre. Dr. Yang is a Professor of Law and Personal Chair in International Law at the University of Saint Joseph, Macau. He has taught university courses in law, international relations, criminology and criminal justice since 1984. He was called to the Bar in Shanghai in 1985 and practiced law in China from 1985-1990. He was also formerly the Canadian Program Director at the International Centre for Criminal Law Reform and Criminal Justice Policy during 1995-2010, an International Expert to UN OHCHR and an expert member of the Government of Canada delegation to the Canada-China Human Rights Dialogues. To learn more about his work visit his Associate profile here

Welcome Hayli Millar

The ICCLR is pleased to announce the appointment of Hayli Millar as a Senior Associate of the Centre. Dr. Millar is an Associate Professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of the Fraser Valley, British Columbia (Canada). She holds postgraduate degrees in criminology (M.A.) and law (Ph.D.) and has lived and worked internationally as a consultant to the United Nations and as a gender and development specialist for the Asian Development Bank. To learn more about her work visit her Associate profile here.

Now Available: New Edition of Global Corruption Book

The ICCLR is pleased to share the new 2018 version of the book Global Corruption: Law, Theory and Practice by Senior Associate Gerry Ferguson. The digital, open-access version can be found here. A print version of book is also being published for the first time in two separate volumes by the University of Victoria. To purchase a copy please click here:

Upcoming Event: Workshop on Deconstructing the Perfect Survivor

The International Centre for Criminal Law Reform and Criminal Justice Policy and the AMS Sexual Assault Support Centre (SASC) are pleased to invite you to register for the upcoming free workshop: Deconstructing the Perfect Survivor happening on June 1st, 2018. The workshop will be located in Room 2301 of the AMS Student Nest at UBC.

In this half-day, complementary event, we want to challenge the notion of the “perfect survivor” and instead introduce intersectional approaches to supporting survivors of sexualized violence. We acknowledge that people from different marginalized backgrounds experience different forms of oppressions and thereby recognize the need for a nuanced dialogue with a focus on a holistic and intersecting approach to supporting survivors. Practically, we hope to engage in a critical discussion that will shed light on the accessibility of support and building safer spaces for survivors with intersecting identities.

Afterwards, we plan to have a lunchtime meet and greet mingle with speakers and service providers.

For more information visit Space is limited, so we ask that you please register as soon as possible to confirm your seat. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to email


ICCLR President appointed to review money laundering policies in BC

The Attorney General of British Columbia David Eby has appointed current ICCLR President Dr. Peter German as an independent expert to conduct a review of British Columbia’s anti-money-laundering policies and practices in the gambling industry, with a focus on the Lower Mainland. Attorney General Eby has asked Dr. German to determine whether there is an unaddressed, or inadequately addressed, issue of money laundering in Lower Mainland casinos, and the history, nature and extent of any issues he identifies. He has also been asked to make recommendations, if necessary, for reform. The review is currently scheduled to be complete by the end of March 2018.

For more details on the appointment please click here.

Now Available: ICCLR report on Corruption in Canada

ICCLR is pleased to share an update to the report “Corruption in Canada: Reviewing Practices from Abroad to Improve our Response”. Initially prepared by ICCLR Senior Associate Eileen Skinnider in March 2012, this report is an updated version prepared by Professor Gerry Ferguson, also a Senior Associate of the Centre. The report addresses questions such as:

  • How does the Canadian legal framework and its enforcement fare in comparison with laws, policies and enforcement elsewhere?
  • What can we learn from other countries to improve our own legal response?

To access the report please click here.

This research report was made possible by the funding and support received from the Department of Justice Canada.

Now Available: ICCLR Report on Improved Response to Labour Trafficking

ICCLR is pleased to share a report on “Improved Response to Labour Trafficking” prepared by Yvon Dandurand, Vivienne Chin and Laura Wilson. This note summarizes the findings of consultations and research conducted by the ICCLR since 2013. It identifies the challenges typically encountered in preventing and responding to incidents of human trafficking for the purpose of labour exploitation and offers suggestions on how to improve our current response.

To access the report please click here

Now Available: Volume III of the Charbonneau Commission Report – English Translation

The International Centre for Criminal Law Reform and Criminal Justice Policy is pleased to share an English translated version of Volume three of the Commission of Inquiry on the Awarding and Management of Public Contracts in the Construction Industry– also known as the Charbonneau Report. This volume is on “Schemes, Causes, Consequences and Recommendations”.

The full report was prepared and presented initially in French only after a lengthy inquiry into systemic corruption occurring within Quebec’s construction industry.

To access the document please click here