Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Pope Francis - Private audience with the international scientific associations in the field of criminal law, criminology, and victimology

On 23 October 2014, His Holiness Pope Francis received representatives from international scientific associations in the field of criminal law, criminology, and victimology for a private audience. Within the delegation of the Association International de Droit Penal, three young penalists had the chance to be part of this experience and listen first-hand to an impressive, thoughful and inspiring speech by Pope Francis on current and pressing issues of criminal justice.

Moreover, this meeting must be seen as a starting point for closer cooperation between these international scientific associations, namely

  • the Association International de Droit Penal (AIDP),
  • the International Society for Criminology (ISC)
  • the International Society for Social Defence (SIDS/ISSD),
  • the International Penal and Penitentiary Foundation (IFPS/FIPP), and 
  • the World Society of Victimology (WSV),
as well as with regional associations such as the
  •  Latin American Association of Criminal Law and Criminology (ALPEC).