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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1924-03 Paris France


Founded as successor to H-XH2749 - International Union of Penal Law (IUPL), 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, 19 Sep 2004, Beijing (China) at 17th International Congress, 6 Sep 2014, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) at 19th International Congress, and 16 Nov 2019, Rome (Italy) at 20th 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.


2024-06-25 | Paris, France – International Congress of Penal Law

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General Assembly (every 5 years); Board of Directors; Executive Committee; Scientific Committee; Editorial Board; Committee of Young Penalists. Membership open; meetings closed.


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