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The United Nations Asia and Far East Institute for the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders (UNAFEI) actively participates in various international conventions, giving lectures, making proposals, and expressing opinions for the development of crime prevention and criminal justice.

International conventions in which UNAFEI's members have participated since January 2009 are as follows (as of Jun. 24, 2016):

Meeting Period Host Meeting Name Participants
Jun. 14 - 17, 2016 Finland (Helsinki) IPPF(International Penal and Penitentiary Foundation) Colloquium 2016 Deputy Director Morinaga Professor Yamamoto
May 23 - 27 Austria (Vienna) The 25th United Nations Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (Commission) Director Senta Deputy Director Morinaga
May 11 - 13 Thailand (Bangkok) UNICRI and TIJ expert group meeting on the Nexus between Organized Crime and Terrorism as a threat to Security and Development Professor Yukawa
Mar. 13 - 19 Korea (Seoul) 5th Asian Conference of Correctional Facilities Architects and Planners (ACCFA) Professor Yoshimura
Dec. 11 - 12, 2015 Sweden (Lund) The RWI Seminar on "Supporting Good Prison Practice" and the PNI Coordination Meeting Director Yamashita Professor Minoura
Nov. 30, 2015 Korea (Seoul) KIC International Forum 2015: Criminal Justice Policies for a Safe Society Director Yamashita
Nov. 22 - 27 Thailand (Bangkok) The 35th Asian and Pacific Conference of Correctional Administrators (APCCA) Professor Nagai
Oct. 26 - 29 Australia (Melbourne) 17th ICPA Annual Conference Professor Nagai Professor Akashi Senior Officer Sato
Oct. 8 - 9 Thailand (Bangkok) Expert Meeting on the Training Modules for Correctional Staff and Training of Trainers on the Management Prisoners in the ASEAN Region, and the 5th Anniversary of the Bangkok Rules : International Perspectives on Good Practices and Lessons Learned Director Yamashita Professor Yoshimura
Aug.31-Sep.2 Austria (Vienna) The 6th Intersessional Meeting of Open-ended Intergovernmental Working Group on Prevention, UNCAC Professor Yukawa
Aug. 22 - 23 China (Beijing) The 6th International Forum of Contemporary Criminal Law Professor Yukawa
Aug. 3 Thailand (Bangkok) 2nd International Meeting on Offender Rehabilitation Professor Nagai
Jul. 14 - 16 U.S.A. (Los Angeles) Second World Congress on Community Corrections Professor Minoura Professor Akashi
Jun.11 Thailand (Bangkok) Thailand Institute of Justice (TIJ) Seminar on Criminal Justice Human Resources Professor Hirose
Jun. 4 - 5 Thailand (Bangkok) AsianSIL Inter-Sessional Regional Conference 2015 Director Yamashita
May 18 - 22 Austria (Vienna) The 24th United Nations Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (Commission) Director Yamashita Professor Nagai
May 20 - 21 Philippines (Tagaytay) ASEAN Plus Three Forum on Probation and Community-Based Rehabilitation Professor Minoura Professor Akashi
May 11 - 13 Hong Kong The 6th Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) Symposium Professor Hirose
Apr. 12 - 19 Qatar (Doha) The 13th United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (Congress) Director Yamashita Professor Tashiro Professor Nagai Professor Akashi Officer Ozawa
Feb. 23 - 27 Myanmar (Yangon) 4th Asian Conference of Correctional Facilities Architects and Planners (ACCFA) Professor Yoshimura
Dec. 11 - 13, 2014 Italy (Milan) 2014 Co-ordination Meeting of the United Nations Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Programme Network Institutes (PNIs) Director Yamashita Professor Tashiro Professor Nagai
Oct. 26 - 31 Namibia (Windhoek) 16th ICPA Annual Conference Professor Nagai Professor Akashi
Oct. 22 - 23 Sweden (Lund) Special programme for PNI attending the Raoul Wallenberg Institute's anniversary celebrations Professor Tashiro Professor Nagai
Sep. 8 - 12 Canada (Vancouver) The 34th Asian and Pacific Conference of Correctional Administrators (APCCA) Professor Nagai
Aug. 17 - 19 Thailand (Cha-am) The 2nd ASEAN Plus Three Conference on Probation and Non-custodial Measures 2014 Director Akane Professor Tashiro Professor Akashi
Jun. 28 - 29 Japan (Osaka) Asian Criminological Society 6th Annual Conference Professor Tashiro
May 28 Singapore Inaugulal ASEAN-JAPAN Cyber Crime Dialog Professor Mio
May 12 - 16 Austria (Vienna) The 23rd United Nations Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (Commission) Director Akane Professor Tashiro
Mar. 4 - 6 Thailand (Bangkok) IPPF(International Penal and Penitentiary Foundation) Colloquium 2014 Director Akane Professor Nagai
Dec. 11 - 15, 2013 Italy (Courmayeur) 2013 Co-ordination Meeting of the United Nations Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Programme Network Institutes (PNIs) Director Akane
Nov. 25 - 27 Panama (Panama City) The Fifth Conference of the States Parties to the United Nations Convention against Corruption Deputy Director Kiyono
Nov. 14 - 15 Thailand (Bangkok) The Bangkok Dialogue on the Rule of Law Director Akane
Oct. 26 - Nov. 3 U.S.A. (Colorado Springs) The 15th Annual Conference of the International Corrections and Prisons Association (ICPA) Professor Nagai
Oct. 9 - 10 U.K (London) The World Congress on Probation Professor Tashiro
Sep. 22 - 27 India (Delhi) The 33rd Asian and Pacific Conference of Correctional Administrators (APCCA) Professor Yoshimura Officer Honda
Sep. 9 - 12 India (Delhi) Asian-African Legal Consultative Organization(AALCO) Deputy Director Kiyono
Aug. 16 - 19 China (Beijing) The Fifth International Forum of Contemporary Criminal Law Director Akane
May 22 - 25 Mongolia (Ulaanbaatar) Implementation and Tendency of State Policy on Combating Crime (Hosted by Law Enforcement University of Mongolia) Deputy Director Kiyono
Apr. 20 - 27 Austria (Vienna) The 22nd United Nations Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (Commission) Deputy Director Kiyono
Apr. 1 - 10 Thailand (Bangkok) ASEAN Plus Three Conference on Probation and Non-custodial Measures 2013 Professor Tashiro
Feb. 19 - 21 Thailand (Bangkok) East Asia-Pacific Regional Meeting on the United Nations Rules for the Treatment of Women Prisoners and Non-custodial Measures for Women Offenders Professor Tashiro
Dec. 12 - 13, 2012 Italy (Courmayeur) 2012 Co-ordination Meeting of the United Nations Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Programme Network Institutes (PNIs) Former Professor Tada
Oct. 28 - Nov. 2 Mexico (Mexico City) The 14th Annual Conference of the International Corrections and Prisons Association (ICPA) Former Professor Yoshida
Oct. 7 - 12 Brunei Darussalam The 32nd Asian and Pacific Conference of Correctional Administrators (APCCA) Professor Yoshimura
Oct. 4 - 7 Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur) The 6th International Association of Anti-Corruption Authorities (IAACA) Annual Conference and General Meeting Former Director Sakuma
Sep. 3 England (Cambridge) The 30th Cambridge International Symposium on Economic Crime Deputy Director Kiyono
Aug. 20 - 22 Korea Asian Criminological Society 4th Annual Conference Professor Tashiro
Jun. 26 - 28 Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur) Sub-Regional Seminar on International Joint Investigations for Southeast Asian States Former Deputy Director Ukawa
May 8 - 10 Hong Kong The 5th Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) Symposium Former Deputy Director Ukawa
Apr. 23 - 27 Austria (Vienna) The 21st United Nations Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (Commission) Former Director Sakuma Professor Iwashita
Dec. 1 - 4, 2011 Italy (Courmayeur) 2011 Co-ordination Meeting of the United Nations Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Programme Network Institutes (PNIs) Former Professor Tada
Oct. 9 - 14 Japan (Tokyo) The 31st Asian and Pacific Conference of Correctional Administrators (APCCA) Former Professor Wakimoto Professor Yoshida
Sep. 11 - 16 Singapore The 13th Annual Conference of the International Corrections and Prisons Association (ICPA) Professor Tsunoda Former Professor Wakimoto
Sep. 3 - 6 England (Cambridge) The 29th Cambridge International Symposium on Economic Crime Director Sakuma
Apr. 11 - 15 Austria (Vienna) The 20th United Nations Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (Commission) Former Deputy Director Ukawa Former Professor Izumi
Dec. 9 - 10, 2010 Italy (Courmayeur) 2010 Co-ordination Meeting of the United Nations Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Programme Network Institutes (PNIs) Former Professor Tada
Oct. 24 - 29 Belgium (Ghent) The 12th Annual Conference of the International Corrections and Prisons Association (ICPA) Former Professor Watanabe
Oct. 3 - 8 Canada (Vancouver) The 30th Asian and Pacific Conference of Correctional Administrators (APCCA) Former Professor Wakimoto
Aug. 4 - 5 People's Republic of China (Beijing) The International Forum on Halfway Houses Former Professor Sakonji
May 17 - 21 Austria (Vienna) The 19th United Nations Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (Commission) Former Director Sasaki Former Professor Yanaka
Apr. 12 - 19 Brazil (Salvador) The 12th United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (Congress) Former Director Sasaki Former Deputy Director Ukawa Former Professor Sakonji Former Professor Watanabe Former Officer Takahashi Former Officer Nagata
Dec. 15 - 17, 2009 Hong Kong The 4th Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) Symposium Former Professor Harada
Dec. 11 - 13 Italy (Courmayeur) 2009 Co-ordination Meeting of the United Nations Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Programme Network Institutes (PNIs) Former Professor Oshino
Nov. 15 - 20 Australia (Perth) The 29th Asian and Pacific Conference of Correctional Administrators Former Professor Watanabe Former Officer Nagata
Oct. 25 - 30 Barbados (Bridgetown) The 11th Annual Conference of the International Corrections and Prisons Association (ICPA) Former Professor Watanabe
Sep. 14 - 18 Japan (UNAFEI) The 2nd Experts' Meeting on Strategies and Best Practices against Overcrowding in Correctional Facilities Former Director Sasaki Former Deputy Director Seto Former Professor Watanabe Former Officer Takahashi
Aug. 31 England (Cambridge) The 27th Cambridge International Symposium on Economic Crime Former Director Sasaki
Jul. 1 - 3 Thailand (Bangkok) Asia and Pacific Regional Preparatory Meeting for the 12th United Nations Congress on Crime Former Director Aizawa Former Professor Watanabe Former Officer Takahashi
Jun. 25 - 26 Italy UN Anti-Terrorism Expert Meeting Former Deputy Director Seto
Apr. 15 - 26 Austria (Vienna) The 18th United Nations Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (Commission) Former Director Aizawa Former Professor Harada Former Professor Sugiyama
Jan. 26 - 28 Japan (UNAFEI) The 1st Experts' Meeting on Strategies and Best practices against Overcrowding in Correctional Facilities Former Director Aizawa Former Deputy Director Seto Former Professor Tatsuya Former Officer Shirakawa

The 19th United Nations Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice(Commission)External link

At the 19th United Nations Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, UNAFEI's director delivered a statement on UNAFEI's activities in recent years. The following are the main contents of the speech, and the original draft is contained in the separately-attached document.PDF

  1. (1) When setting the themes for its international training courses and seminars, UNAFEI has paid careful attention to the measures and policies in the field of crime prevention and criminal justice on which the United Nations places an emphasis, and has actively taken them up. As a result, most of this Congress's main issues and workshop themes have been covered by UNAFEI training courses and seminars in recent years. Thus, UNAFEI has made great contributions to the dissemination and promotion of the United Nations' criminal justice policies to countries throughout the world.
  2. (2) UNAFEI furthermore planned and managed a workshop on the theme of “Strategies and Best Practices against Overcrowding in Correctional Facilities E which is one of the topics which the United Nations is currently emphasizing, in this Congress. UNAFEI invited world leaders in the field to participate as presenters or panellists. The workshop introduced comprehensive and integrated approaches to discussing not only how inmates in prisons should be treated, but also how such an issue should be resolved throughout all stages of the criminal justice process. As a result, UNAFEI has succeeded in adopting well-developed recommendations. It is our pleasure that this workshop could thus establish an important stage for helping parties settle an important, urgent issue in the criminal justice field around the world.
  3. (3) Under close affiliation with the United Nations, UNAFEI will continue working with sister institutions to make efforts to further improve the United Nations' Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Programme.

Details of this meeting will also be posted separately on this website for your reference.

Photo: The 19th United Nations Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice(Commission) Photo: The 19th United Nations Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice(Commission)

The 12th United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (Congress)External link

For the 12th United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, UNAFEI organized a workshop on the theme of Strategies and Best Practices against Overcrowding in Correctional Facilities. This workshop received acclaim for its highly-concentrated contents and usefulness of proposed countermeasures from many of the attending delegations.

Details of this workshop will be posted separately on this website for your reference.

Photo: The 12th United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (Congress) Photo: The 12th United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (Congress)

The 27th Cambridge International Symposium on Economic CrimeExternal link

At the 27th Cambridge International Symposium on Economic Crime, UNAFEI's director delivered a keynote address.

This symposium is held annually at Jesus College, University of Cambridge under the initiative of Professor Barry A. K. Rider (Jesus College, University of Cambridge). It deals with the important issues of the times and regularly attracts over 900 researcher and practitioners with expertise in economic crime from over 80 countries. This year's main theme was “internal threats to the stability and integrity of financial institutions.

Director Sasaki, in his keynote address, introduced discussions of UNAFEI's professors and training course/seminar participants at UNAFEI international training programmes in recent years on economic crime-related issues. He overviewed the results of the discussions conducted by UNAFEI with regard to:
(1) Analysis of the increasing threats of economic crime including traditional economic crimes, such as fraud, embezzlement, and breach of trust, and newly recognized economiccrimes, such as money laundering and insider trading; and
(2) Response to these threats in the Criminal Justice field, both in Japan and abroad.
The original draft is contained in the separately-attached document.PDF

Photo: The 27th Cambridge International Symposium on Economic Crime Photo: The 27th Cambridge International Symposium on Economic Crime

The 14th International Corrections and Prisons Association Annual General Meeting and Conference (ICPA)External link

The International Corrections and Prisons Association Annual General Meeting and Conference is an international meeting of experts in the field of corrections and rehabilitation from the private sector, academia, and government. The 14th meeting was held in Mexico. At the meeting, under the theme of “Different Paths, One Vision E the participants exchanged opinions about the latest efforts in innovation in interventions, correctional-management and staff training, technology used in corrections, mental health of offenders, etc.

UNAFEI Professor Yoshida participated in the conference, acquired the latest information on correctional policies and practices in each participant's country, and extended UNAFEI's professional network among the ICPA participants.

The 31st Asian and Pacific Conference of Correctional Administrators (APCCA)External link

The Asian and Pacific Conference of Correctional Administrators (APCCA) is an annual conference of officials responsible for the administration of prisons and other correctional systems in the Asia and Pacific Region.

The 31st APCCA conference was organized by the Correction Bureau of the Japanese Ministry of Justice in early October 2011 in Tokyo, Japan. The participants exchanged information and opinions about contemporary issues in their respective countries and regions, international transfer of sentenced persons, partnership with the private sector, recruiting and training of staff, changing offender profiles and so forth. They also shared up-to-date theories, practices, and developments in their respective countries and regions.

From UNAFEI, two professors and four staff members participated. Professor Yoshida made a presentation on UNAFEI's roles and activities; a panel presentation about UNAFEI was also held at the conference

Many of the delegates were UNAFEI alumni, several of them now promoted to highly influential positions. The conference was another opportunity to renew our friendship and to strengthen the UNAFEI's extensive network of criminal justice professionals in the Asia and Pacific Region.

Photo: The 31st Asian and Pacific Conference of Correctional Administrators (APCCA) Photo: The 31st Asian and Pacific Conference of Correctional Administrators (APCCA)

The International Forum on Halfway Houses

The International Forum on Halfway Houses was held in Beijing, People's Republic of China, with experts from countries including China, Canada, the United States and Singapore. As a part of a community correction system, currently an issue in the treatment of offenders which is the subject of much focus in China now, plans to establish halfway houses are underway. Experts from different countries reported on the system of halfway houses in their respective nations and discussed their characteristic and problems. Professor Sakonji from UNAFEI made a presentation on the practice of Offenders Rehabilitation Facilities in Japan (Japanese halfway houses).

Click here for the draft for the presentationPDF

The Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) Symposium

The Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) Symposium is held almost every other year by ICAC, an anti-corruption enforcement agency in Hong Kong. The symposium invites leading persons from criminal justice institutions and international organizations around the world to be panellists, in order to exchange opinions about the prevention and investigation of various forms of corrupt practices. In December 2009, the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) also joined the symposium as a co-host. Under the main theme of “Corruption and Corporate Governance in the Private Sector, Ethe symposium participants actively exchanged opinions on the latest international trends, relevant issues and countermeasures. From UNAFEI, Professor Harada took part in the symposium. UNAFEI has invited many visiting experts from ICAC to the International Training Courses on the Criminal Justice Response to Corruption (held every year since 1998), and they have always given informative lectures. In the symposium, Professor Harada exchanged opinions with ICAC practitioners who had lectured at UNAFEI as visiting experts in the past. The Director of the UK Serious Fraud Office (SFO) and the Director of theCorrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) of Singapore, who had also been UNAFEI visiting experts, also took part in the symposium as panellists. Through exchanging opinions with those high-ranking officers from countries engaged in advanced countermeasures against corruption, Professor Harada collected useful information about the latest related efforts and strengthened professional relationships between UNAFEI and its human network.

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