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  • The Institute for Criminal Policy Research's thirty-fifth edition of the International Prison News Digest was recently released. The Digest is a selection of news items from around the world on prison and the use of imprisonment. It aims to cover all regions and include new developments in policy and practice, as well as information from official and intergovernmental bodies. To access the...

  • On November 15, 2016, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) held its preparatory meeting for the creation of a Global Judicial Integrity Network. The Network, which will go live in 2017, aims to connect judges to support each other in upholding judicial integrity and preventing corruption within the justice system. By bringing together Chief Justices, members of judicial...

  • Aligning freedom of religion or belief policies with international human rights standards often involves a difficult balancing act among rights, and likewise between religious traditions and national security. These and other complex issues are surveyed in Freedom of Religion or Belief and the Law, along with the role of the law in finding solutions that are effective, fair and sustainable....

  • Violence against women is a consequence of discrimination against women, in law and also in practice, and of persisting inequalities between men and women.

    The International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women is coming up on November 25th. Learn more here.

  • Political and economic earthquakes are often sudden and unforeseeable, despite the false pundits who pop up later to claim they predicted them all along – take the fall of the Berlin Wall, the 2008 global financial crisis, or the Arab Spring (and ensuing winter). Even at a personal level, change is largely unpredictable: how many of us can say our lives have gone according to the plans we had...

  • Migrant Smuggling Data and Research: A Global Review of the Emerging Evidence Base presents a unique review of what is being collected and what can be done to further build the evidence base on migrant smuggling globally. The report is the result of a collaboration between the International Organization for Migration and researchers from a range of backgrounds and academic disciplines, and...

  • International Actors in the Field: Expectations, Ethics, and Behavior

    Photo Author: Spc. Jillian Munyon. "Mosul Public Service Academy Training Center." Iraq, 2010. Some Rights Reserved.*

    INPROL published an original blog from Police Forum Facilitator Nick Dove last week, which told a fictional story about how practitioners' unthinking behavior in the field can influence...

  • Women members of parliament (MPs) in all regions face sexism, harassment and violence from male lawmakers and are increasingly targeted by online humiliation campaigns, a report said on Wednesday, October 26. Learn more here.

  • The integration of a gender perspective is widely recognised as one of the key principles of security sector reform (SSR). However, despite this, gender perspectives are often not strategically addressed or, worse yet, not considered at all during the practical implementation of SSR. The failure to ensure gender-responsive SSR prevents the reform process from contributing to an effective,...

  • Although it has not yet penetrated mainstream legal academia, the notion of legal pluralism is gaining momentum across a range of law-related fields. It has been a major topic in legal anthropology and legal sociology for about two decades, and is now getting attention in comparative law and international law. This recent convergence on the notion of legal pluralism is fueled by the apparent...

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