The International Society for the Reform of Criminal Law is an international non-governmental association of judges, legislators, lawyers, academics, governmental officials, police and corrections professionals who have come together to work actively on the administration of criminal justice both in their own jurisdiction and internationally.

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The digital and internet age has thrown up a vast array of challenges for the criminal law. The internet provides a new platform for criminal activity. Cyber-stalking, cyber-bullying and internet luring are only a few of the new additions to the criminal law vocabulary. This conference will examine and promote discussion and debate of the challenges that privacy concerns and technological change pose to international and national criminal justice systems. The key question is how the criminal justice system can properly respond to the competing demands of privacy, law enforcement effectiveness and national security.

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The International Society for Criminal Law is pleased to announce that the 2017 conference will be held from July 9th - 13th in San Francisco, CA, USA.

All of the conference proceedings will take place at the Westin St. Francis hotel.

 More information will be made available shortly.


In an effort to create a forum for dialogue between various stakeholders, the International Society for the Reform of Criminal Law, the International Centre for Criminal Law Reform and Criminal Justice Policy and the Vancouver Police Department jointly hosted a one day event, Symposium: Mental Health in the Criminal Justice System at the Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue. The day brought together over 175 justice professionals from an assortment of criminal justice sectors and professional backgrounds in British Columbia to discuss the complexities of working with individuals who are mentally ill and who come into contact with the criminal justice system. It provided an opportunity to deliberate some of the challenges and successes of addressing mental illness within the justice system from the perspective of a variety of participating agencies and provoked discussion, collaboration and understanding about this very important topic. The full report is available here.