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International and Comparative Criminal Justice Network (ICCJ)

ICCJ Net incorporates WUN and non-WUN partners with interests in cross-disciplinary and comparative themes of internationalising crime and justice, control and global governance. Ranging from the local, to the regional and the global, network research considerations advance the comparative development of policy, norms and institutional infrastructures. The network provides through its research and academic interaction, resourcing and fellowship possibilities, and exciting opportunities to explore comparative criminal justice in a global age.

Network research and development is committed to critically evaluating regional and international regulatory institutions and processes in which criminal justice plays a key role. Comparisons between national and sub-national developments also play an important role in the research agenda. Questions about normative foundations, policy transfer, and international trends in the coordination and delivery of modes of criminal justice and crime control are at the forefront of research concerns within this network. While international criminal justice is the binding critical concern, the network’s interests reflect the intersection of ICJ with peace and conflict studies and the policy duality of peace and justice. In addition, as ICJ and global governance interestingly intersect, the network explores communities of shared risk where the crisis may involve risk and social justice themes beyond transnational crime and security.

Network membership provides access to research opportunities and resourcing, capacity building, project management and evaluation, information services, knowledge transfer, scholarly exchange, and collegiality in emergent research fields.

The project has four main research themes:

Regulatory and governance modes and synergies in international criminal justice This theme explores the synergies between diverse modes of an expansive conceptualisation of ICJ, attends to synergies in motivations across institutional divisions, and examines the role and potency of law as a regulatory frame in contrast with other justice modalities.

The identification of the victim constituency in international criminal justice This includes research into the legal, theoretical and practical challenges facing ICJ in expanding recognition of the victim from the individual or direct victim of international crime to that of the whole of humanity.

Reconfiguring the responsibility of perpetrators in international criminal justice This theme analyses the potential of ICJ to develop notions of liability beyond individual criminal liability. It explores how legal concepts and procedures can reconfigure responsibility to include the indirect activities and collective perpetrators that characterise the ICJ landscape.

The significance of international criminal justice for global governance formation and maintenance What is the potential for ICJ to adopt a role in the preventive management of risks to global security, particularly taking into account the changing recognition of “risk” to include environmental sustainability and human security? Do current peace and justice conflict resolution styles have application to ICJ? Is the peace and justice duality relevant?