BNU Institute of Criminal Law Joins United Nations Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Program Network
The morning of April 12, 2011, saw the opening of the 20th annual meeting of United Nations Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Committee. At this time, as well, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) held a ceremony for the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with the BNU Institute of Criminal Law in Vienna. On behalf of each party, Yury Fedotov, director of UNODC, and Professor Zhao Bingzhi, head of the BNU Institute of Criminal Law, signed the Memorandum. As a representative of China’s academic institutes for criminal law, the BNU Institute of Criminal Law enabled China to be included in the United Nations Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Program Network (PNI) as the 15th member country. (Before this, only two Asian research institute nations had been included, Japan and Korea.)
The PNI was established by the United Nations Economic and Social Council to enhance international cooperation in preventing crime. This network not only provides services such as information exchange, research, training, and public education, but it also serves as a platform for different national viewpoints by organizing seminars related to criminal justice reform, prison, human trafficking, and improving the application of the rule of law, as well as by hosting regional meetings. PNI therefore plays an important role in the international community and is valued by the governments involved. The fact that the BNU Institute of Criminal Law has joined PNI demonstrates that it is becoming more and more global in reach and so is being recognized by the international community. It provides an important platform for Chinese criminal law experts to take part in U.N. criminal law services and to conduct exchanges and cooperate with other countries’ criminal and legal experts.
In his speech, Mr. Fedotov spoke warmly of the BNU Institute of Criminal Law joining PNI. He said he expects the Institute to play an important role as a representative of China. Professor Zhao Bingzhi said in his English presentation that the Institute of Criminal Law will cooperate actively with other PNI members under the guidance of the UNODC. Representatives from Finland, Canada and Saudi Arabia, as well as Mr. Eduardo Vetere, former director of UNODC, made speeches. They all spoke highly of the contribution made by the BNU Institute of Criminal Law in recent years in the field of international criminal law. After the meeting, Professor Zhao Bingzhi presented to the UNODC some books on criminal law in Chinese and English published by the Institute.
More than thirty participants joined the signing ceremony, including Mr. Sandage, deputy director of UNODC, representatives from over ten PNI member countries, Ms. Chen Peijie, Chinese Permanent Representative to the U.N. in Vienna, and charge d'affaires of delegations of other international organizations, as well as Professor Gao Mingxuan from the BNU Institute of Criminal Law.
(BNU Institute of Criminal Law)