Corruption is a pervasive issue that distorts the rule of law, hinders economic development, and fuels organized crime. Because corruption occurs in numerous ways—including bribery, breach of duty, embezzlement, and conflict of interest—it is imperative that researchers and policymakers tackle corruption from various directions. ICCLR adopts this strategy by analyzing and instructing against different forms of municipal, federal, and international corruption.
ICCLR recommends a “systems approach” to criminal law reform, based on a system-wide, strategic, integrated and sustained attempt to enhance the criminal justice process as a whole. The Centre argues that successful systems must adopt empirical foundations that also include key stakeholders and the general population.
Since its establishment, ICCLR has worked to improve the means by which states utilize international cooperation mechanisms when investigating and prosecuting crime. ICCLR provides expert assistance, analysis and advice to policymakers, criminal justice actors and members of civil society—both at home and around the globe.
An inefficient criminal justice system damages the system’s credibility and arguably weakens the rule of law. Although there has been renewed attention to the problem of justice system inefficiencies in several jurisdictions in Canada and abroad, the area of study still lacks empirical research. ICCLR promotes such research to perform criminal justice reforms that can improve the effectiveness, efficiency, and legitimacy of criminal justice systems.
ICCLR seeks to understand the needs of victims of violence and to reduce the frequency and impact of victimization. The Centre advances this goal by studying potential forms of violent crime, such as terrorism, forced marriages, and human trafficking. In all of its work, ICCLR aims to strengthen the rights of the victim.