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The new Congress format

A new format was proposed for the next Congress that should be organised in 2019. The format consists of two main parts: a World Conference and the adoption of policy recommendations. The overall duration of the Congress will be one week (including the meeting of the bodies of the AIDP). The World Conference will take place during the first three days and is followed by the adoption of policy recommendations in the next two days to allow participants to stay for a shorter time if desired.


Preparatory colloquia to become international colloquia

Considering the high cost of organising preparatory colloquia and the relatively low visibility, the decision was made to reform preparatory colloquia into international colloquia (that should be organised in 2016, 2017 and 2018). The following conceptual changes are part of this proposal: first, the traditional 4 aspects would remain as well as the comparative law approach based on questionnaires, national reports, general reports, special or global reports, etc.


Prof. Dr. David Baigún. Deep sorrow and grief. Argentinian National Group

The Argentine Group of the International Association of Penal Law (AIDP) expresses its deep sorrow and grief over the death of Prof. Dr. David Baigún and offers its condolences to his family at this painful time.


Criminal Justice and Corporate Business - overarching theme for AIDP's activities 2015-2019

Considering the length of AIDP’s 5-year working cycle and the impact on practice as well as attractiveness to a wider public and for funding opportunities, one overarching theme was identified that allows for four sub-topics and specific research questions: “Criminal Justice and Corporate Business”. The four sub-topics will be structured based on the traditional four-pronged approach:

  • General part
  • Special part
  • Criminal procedure
  • International criminal law and procedure

Conference on Criminal Law and Business Affairs concluded in Moscow

A conference on Criminal Law and Business Affairs convened on 22-23 June 2015 at the Faculty of Law of the Moscow State University (MSU). The event was organized jointly by the Russian national group of the AIDP, the MSU Center for International and Comparative Criminal Law, and the University of Luxembourg with the support of the AIDP.


Proceedings of the XIXth International Congress of Penal Law published in RIDP - Information Society and Penal Law

The proceedings of the XIXth International Congress of Penal Law on "Information Society and Penal Law", which was held in Rio de Janiero, Brazil, from 30 August to 7 September 2014, have just been published in the newest issue of the RIDP.


Raùl Zaffaroni elected to the Interamerican Court of Human Rights

Our Vice-President Eugenio Raúl Zaffaroni has been elected on June 16th as Judge to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, at the occasion of the General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) that was held in Washington. After serving 11 years as Judge in the Argentinian Supreme Court, he faces a new task in which he can combine his passions: human rights and public liberties. On behalf of the AIDP our congratulations and best wishes. 
John Vervaele
President of the AIDP


An outstanding Board of Directors’ Meeting at the AIDP

Ms. Christiane Taubira, Minister of Justice of the French Government, responded to the invitation by the International Association of Penal Law and attended the annual official dinner of the Association on the occasion of its Board of Directors’ meeting, which was held on June 12-13, 2015.


IN MEMORIAM Abd El Azim Wazir 26 June 1945 – 8 May 2015

Abd El Azim Wazir was born in Beni-Sweif, a city from which his father was a Senator in the 1930s and this is how our friendship was established many years later. His father had served in the senate with my Grandfather who was its President and they were good friends and that is the first thing he mentioned to me when we first met in 1981. From that day on we became close friends and it was my pleasure and privilege to have worked with him at the AIDP and at ISISC, where he made many valuable contributions.