Korean Institute of Criminology (KIC) was established in 1989 as a government-sponsored research institute on crime and criminal justice with the mission of conducting research on crime prevention and criminal justice. KIC has over 50 researchers and 20 administrative staff members and has published more than 1,000 research reports in the field of criminology, criminal justice and criminal law. Since 1990, the KIC has also published, “The Korean Criminological Review”, a quarterly research journal on crime and criminal justice. The researchers of the institute come from diverse academic backgrounds, including criminology, criminal law, sociology and psychology.
KIC hosted the 12th World Congress on Criminology in 1998 in cooperation with the International Society of Criminology. In 2004, the KIC became an official member institute of the UN Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Programme Network Institutes (UNPNI). In 2005, KIC held a Workshop on “Measures to Combat Computer-Related Crime” at the 11th UN Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice and initiated the Virtual Forum against Cybercrime (VFAC) with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Criminal Justice (Crime (UNODC). In 2010, the KIC organized a Workshop on “International Criminal Justice Education for the Rule of Law” at the 12th UN Congress in Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice. Since 2009, the KIC has played an active role in the Towards AsiaJust programme in conjunction with the UNODC Regional Centre for East Asia and the Pacific.
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