Doha provides fitting framework for criminology congress

The Doha Declaration, promoting a culture of Lawfulness, has been underlined with the Qatari capital hosting the 19th World Congress of Criminology (INTERCRIM 19).

Held for the first time in the Middle East, the congress brings together the best academics, professionals, policymakers and representatives from the security and legal sectors to discuss crime and delinquency issues and ways to address them through legal legislation, criminal justice and other avenues.

The event (27-31 October) was organised by the local Police College in cooperation with the Faculty of Law at Qatar University and the International Society of Criminology.

Director-General of the Police College Brig. Dr. Mohammed Abdullah Al Mahanna Al Marri said the conference comes within the framework of the implementation of the Doha Declaration issued at the conclusion of the 13th United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice 2015. The Declaration recognises the fundamental importance of universal education for children and youth, for the prevention of crime, terrorism and corruption, as well as to promote sustainable development.

INTERCRIM 19 is being sponsored by the UNODC Education for Justice (E4J) initiative, which supports the Doha Declaration. It aims to build a culture of lawfulness among children and youth through the provision of age-appropriate educational materials on topics related to criminal justice, crime prevention and the rule of law, and the integration of those materials into the curricula of all education levels, including universities.

Together with the International Society of Criminology, E4J supported a Young Scholars Paper Competition especially for INTERCRIM 19. 

The conference is also bring supported by Qatar University. Its College of Law (LAWC) features a dedicated Center for Law and Development, and a state-of-the-art Law Clinic. The College publishes its acclaimed journal, the International Review of Law, and has many award-winning students in regional and international moot courts. In 2018 the Law School hosted the meeting in Doha of the International Association of Law Schools.

The ability to incorporate local content is an important factor: The conference will feature 125 working papers submitted by 40 countries, including 14 participants from the State of Qatar; seven from the Police College and seven from the Faculty of Law at Qatar University.

Participants will discuss a number of important themes related to emerging crimes such as cybercrime, criminal justice policy in the era of globalization and other themes including responses to crime and criminals; types of crime; therapeutic jurisprudence, research methods in criminology; crime & social institutions and criminal justice response.

Emilio C. Viano, President, International Society of Criminology and Program Chair, INTERCRIM 19, says: “It is our firm intention that the Congress will not be a static point, but a point of departure for the beginning of a major effort and a sustained campaign to make our world more just, safe and secure for all. In this respect, the cooperation between the ISC and the Education for Justice initiative of the United Nations on Drugs & Crime (UNODC) is especially valuable and promising. The event will join together intellectual insight, rigorous research findings, and streetwise understanding into an unbreakable commitment and a powerful movement to address crime and deviance in a sustained and resolute way, worldwide, within the framework of justice and human rights.”


(via INTERCRIM, I Love Qatar)