Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Go On! Global criminal justice

(Go On! is an occasional item on symposia and other events of interest)

The 24th International Conference of the International Society for the Reform of Criminal Law will be held August 7-11, 2011, at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, Canada. The theme is "Globalization of Crime - Criminal Justice Responses."
The interdisciplinary gathering will bring together judges, legal practitioners, senior law enforcement personnel, corrections officers, academics, and non-governmental representatives from around the world. The leadership of its sponsor, the Society, includes colleagues of ours like (below right) Sara Sun Beale (Duke), Linda Malone (William & Mary), and Ellen S. Podgor (Stetson). Cosponsoring the conference with the Society is the Vancouver-based, U.N. affiliated nonprofit International Centre for Criminal Law Reform and Criminal Justice Policy, which this year celebrates its 20th anniversary.
The aim is "a forward-looking conference focusing on emerging crimes and new approaches to combat crime." Organizers write:
Domestic criminal justice systems are facing the globalization of crime. Transnational organized criminal groups are trafficking increasing quantities of drugs, firearms, counterfeit products, stolen natural resources and people, as well as smuggling more migrants across borders and engaging in maritime piracy and cybercrime. The response in many nations has been to expand the extraterritorial application and enforcement of domestic criminal laws and to increase mechanisms of international cooperation in the areas of extradition, mutual legal assistance and information-sharing. At the multi-lateral level, a permanent international criminal court has been established and there are renewed calls for various internationalized tribunals to address piracy. Countries continue to seek guidance on when and how domestic courts should exercise universal jurisdiction.

How do judges, prosecutors, policy-makers, representatives of law enforcement agencies and concerned citizens make sense of this shifting reality? How can we best formulate the criminal law and policy response to these challenges moving forward?

Program, fees, and other information are here.



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