International Association of Penal Law (IAPL)

Association internationale de droit pénal (AIDP)
Asociación Internacional de Derecho Penal
Internationale Vereinigung für Strafrecht

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Founded Mar 1924, Paris (France), as successor to International Union of Penal Law, set up 7 Aug 1889, Brussels (Belgium). Current Statutes adopted 4 Oct 1969, Rome (Italy), by General Assembly of 10th International Congress of Penal Law; amended 10 Sep 1994, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), by General Assembly at 15th International Congress, and 19 Sep 2004, Beijing (China) at 17th International Congress.


Harmonize criminal law with scientific data by encouraging exchange of ideas and close collaboration among those who, in different countries, are concerned with the study or application of criminal law or with research on crime and its causes; promote theoretical and practical development of international penal law and rules of procedure.

Future Events

2019 Rome, Italy – Quinquennial Congress

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Events/meetings; networking/liaising.


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Consultative Status

United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) (Special).

Relations with Inter-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 10 inter-governmental organizations.
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Relations with Non-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 13 non-governmental organizations.
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Members in 41 countries
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UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions



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12. Oct 2018
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