The Korean Institute of Criminology contributes to crime prevention and
suggests national criminal justice policies grounded in a comprehensive and
systematic approach on the causes and trends of crime.
INTRODUCE RESEARCH AREAS
The Criminal Law and Justice Research Division conducts research on legislations and policies regarding the enactment of Criminal Act, Criminal Procedure Act and special criminal laws. The Division also covers research on crime and criminal sanctions as well as a comparative study on major countries’ criminal legislation, criminal justice laws and regulations.
The Crime Prevention and Treatment Research Division conducts policy-relevant research on crime prevention and the treatment of offenders. It carries out surveys on crime and criminal justice policies and research on the following topics: a) prevention of crimes targeted toward socially vulnerable groups including children, women, young and old adults, b) safety policies, c) protection and assistance of victims, and d) treatment of offenders.
The Crime Survey and Statistics Research Division conducts surveys on the major categories of crimes including homicide, robbery, theft, arson, and fraud to identify crime trends and provides basic information for evidence-based criminal justice policies. The Division also regularly conducts national crime victimization surveys.
The Judicial Reform Research Division conducts research on legal affairs including human rights, border control and refugees, and judicial reforms on criminal justice authorities such as Korean National Police Agency, Supreme Prosecutors’ Office, Supreme Court of Korea and the Corruption Investigation Office for High-ranking Officials. The Division focuses on research of reforming current investigation practices violating human rights, and public participation in judicial processes with due process driven by popular justice.
The Corruption and Economic Crime Research Division conducts research on corruption in the public and private sectors, economic crimes including tax crimes and unfair competition and trading, and crimes aided by information and communications technologies that are becoming increasingly sophisticated and advanced. The Division examines the causal factors of crimes and provides
appropriate solutions to help formulate effective and concrete criminal justice policies.
The Legislation Policy Research Division conducts in-depth research. on theories and policies relating to criminal legislation. The Division provides expert comments in the establishment and revision of criminal law to relevant authorities and the National Assembly and reviews legislative bills in the field of Criminal justice, which already br took effect. It also seeks ways to provide legislative support in establishing criminal justice policies for short and long terms while conducting preemptive research on legislative policies in response to megatrends in the future of society including the fourth industrial revolution and climate change.
The International Cooperation Division strengthens international networks for crime prevention by facilitating exchanges and cooperation with prominent research institutes and judicial agencies in the field of criminal justice around the world and enhances research capabilities by holding an international academic forum and disseminating KIC research outcomes and reports internationally. The Division also takes part in global governance for crime prevention through international engagement and collaboration with the UN and UNPNI and establishes the institute’s profile as one of leading global think tanks in criminal justice.