For those of you interested in the globalization of criminal justice, you will not want to miss this year’s World Congress of the International Association of Penal Law which will be held in Istanbul, between 20 and 27 September 2009.
The International Association of Penal Law (the parent organization of The AIDP Blog and the American National Section) is the oldest association of criminal law specialists in the world and the Congress is an opportunity to network with international experts, and to participate in writing and debate which contributes to the evolution of international law.
Some of the topics on the agenda are:
- Expanding forms of preparatory acts and participation
- Financing of terrorism
- Special procedural measures and respect for human rights
- Universal jurisdiction
Here is the message from Jose Luis de la Cuesta, President of The International Association of Penal Law describing the Congress in greater detail:
The International Penal Law Congress constitutes, in fact, an excellent occasion to exchange experiences and to develop contacts. The resolutions discussed and approved by the Congress, since 1926, always had a great influence on the legislative development both at the national and international level. And that will be the case with regard the XVIIIth Congress, where the scientifique debates will be on four important challenges brought before the penal law and the criminal justice, through globalisation:
- The enlargement of the notions of preparatory acts and participation (Section I)
- The finance of terrorism (Section II)
- The special procedural measures and respect for human rights (Section III)
- The principle of universal jurisdiction (Section IV)
In line with the tradition of AIDP, these subjects have been prepared at the Preparatory Colloquia during which the national rapporteurs appointed by the national groups of the Association met with the general rapporteurs in order to discuss and agree upon the aspects indicated by the Scientifique Committee of the Association for the purpose of presenting the Congress with propositions of resolutions. The young penalists have also worked on these subjects.
As a final point, the realisation of the Congress is a very important event for our Association. At the occasion of the Congress, the General Assembly of the AIDP will meet and proceed to the election of the President, the Executive Committee of the Association, as well as the members of the Board of Directors for the next five years to come.
The organisation committee will put all its efforts in order to make sure that the Congress, as of your arrival to Istanbul, be a forum that will allow you to express freely your opinions and to discuss in depth.
The Congress will take place in a fabulous hotel. In order to introduce the history and daily life of marvellous Istanbul, social programmes, visits and tourist excursions will also be proposed.
With the hope of meeting you all in Istanbul, in September 2009.
Cross posted at AIDPBlog.org
Greg McNeal is a professor and national security specialist focusing on the institutions and challenges associated with global security, with substantive expertise in national security law and policy, transnational crime, global policy studies, and international affairs.
He teaches at Pepperdine University's School of Law and School of Public Policy.
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