25th Session of the UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice

As a member of the United Nations Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Programme Network Institutes (PNI), the International  Centre for Criminal Law Reform and Criminal Justice Policy (ICCLR) participated in the 25th Session of the UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ), which took place in Vienna May 23-27, 2016.

The Crime Commission brought together more than 1,000 delegates from Member States, non-governmental organizations and civil society, including several high-level speakers. The thematic discussion for the 25th session of the CCPCJ focused on “Criminal justice responses to prevent and counter terrorism in all its forms and manifestations”. This year, six resolutions were passed, including one which was proposed by Canada on the issue of “restorative justice in criminal matters”.  This resolution broadly aims to follow-up on resolutions 2000/14 of27 July 2000 and 2012/12 of 24 July 2002, both entitled “Basic principles on the use of restorative justice programmes in criminal matters”.

Since 2001, the PNI has organized a thematic workshop on the principal theme of the annual Commission session.  This year’s workshop was devoted to “Criminal justice responses to prevent and counter terrorism in all its forms and manifestations”.  Following an opening statement by the Secretariat, presentations were made by panelists from the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI), the Beijing College for Criminal Law Science (CCLS), the Korean Institute of Criminology (KIC) the European University Institute (EUI) and ICCLR.  Representing ICCLR, Fellow and Senior Associate  Yvon Dandurand made a presentation on “social inclusion programmes to counter radicalization of youth”.

On May 25, Yvon Dandurand also participated in

an ancillary meeting entitled “Gender based violence against women and girls and the criminal law” during which he made a presentation on “proactive criminal justice responses to violence against girls”.  The ancillary meeting, organized by the Academic Council of United Nations (ACUNS) and the International Juvenile Justice Observatory (IJJO), is one of several thematic meetings held in conjunction with the CCPCJ.

The full report of the 25th Commission meeting and other supporting documents are available here.