UNICRI United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute


Who we are

The United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI) was established in 1968 pursuant to Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) resolution 1086 B (XXXIX) of 1965, which urged an expansion of the United Nations activities in crime prevention and criminal justice. The Institute is an autonomous institution of the United Nations and is presently ruled by the Statute adopted by ECOSOC with Resolution No.1989/56 of 24 May 1989. UNICRI operates within the framework of the United Nations Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Programme Network.

UNICRI' s goals are:

  • to advance understanding of crime-related problems;
  • to foster just and efficient criminal justice systems;
  • to support the respect of international instruments and other standards;
  • to facilitate international law enforcement cooperation and judicial assistance.

The Institute is governed by a Board of Trustees composed of eminent experts from different countries.

What UNICRI does

UNICRI supports other international organizations, national and local governments, non-governmental organizations, academic and educational institutions and the communities at the large, through:

  • quantitative and qualitative analysis;
  • establishing a reliable base of knowledge and information;
  • identifying appropriate strategies, policies and instruments;
  • designing practical models and systems;
  • design and implementation of training and technical cooperation activities at the interregional level and national levels;
  • exchange and dissemination of information/documentation worldwide to respond to the need of the international community;
  • provision of advisory services.

As part of the United Nations, UNICRI sets its activities in accordance with the priorities indicated by the United Nations Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice. The Institute maintains close working relations with UN bodies and agencies, particularly with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

In its operations, UNICRI has as partners a wide range of intergovernmental and governmental institutions, as well as academic institutions and non-governmental organizations.

Areas of Action

With more than 50 years of experience, UNICRI has structured its work programmes and modus operandi in order to always be responsive to the needs of the international community.

UNICRI works in specialized niches and selected fields of crime prevention, justice, security governance, risks and benefits of advances in technologies, counter-terrorism and social cohesion. UNICRI's programmes focus on different areas with the aim of creating and testing new and holistic approaches in preventing crime and promoting justice and development. UNICRI plays a leading role with respect to specific niches and supports the work of other international organizations through its specialized and advanced services.

The Institute's current priorities include:

  • Artificial intelligence and robotics
  • Chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear risks mitigation;
  • Cyber-crimes;
  • Illicit trafficking in precious metals and gemstones;
  • Environmental crimes;
  • Tourism and major events security;
  • Violent extremism (including rehabilitation and reintegration of violent extremist offenders);
  • Domestic violence;
  • Protection of vulnerable population and victims;
  • Juvenile justice;
  • International criminal law.

University for Peace

The University for Peace (UPEACE), headquartered in Costa Rica, is a Treaty Organization established in 1980 through an International Agreement approved by the United Nations General Assembly in Resolution 35/55, and has the mandate "to provide humanity with an international institution of higher education for peace and with the aim of promoting among all human beings the spirit of understanding, tolerance and peaceful coexistence, to stimulate cooperation among peoples and to help lessen obstacles and threats to world peace and progress, in keeping with the noble aspirations proclaimed in the Charter of the United Nations".

By virtue of the mandate granted to it by Article 15 of the Charter of the University for Peace, annexed to the International Agreement Establishing the University for Peace, UPEACE conducts Master and Doctorate Degree programmes in fields that promote peace and security.



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