India to Host “18th World Congress of Criminology” for the First Time

Jindal Institute of Behavioral Sciences (JIBS) a part of the O. P. Jindal Global University (JGU) in collaboration with the International Society of Criminology (ISC) is organizing the “18th World Congress of Criminology” in India for the first time. The summit will be held from 15-19 December 2016 at the O.P. Jindal Global University campus in Sonipat, Haryana.

The trending phenomenon of urbanization and unrelenting migration is leading to wide economic disparities and scarcity of resources for certain sections, which in turn breed fragmentation, conflict and criminality. There is an increasing need for formulation of new policies and reforms that can guarantee the stability of societies. Even as countries strive to control crime within their borders, growing globalization has underlined the need for a broader and international collaboration in criminological research.

The 3-day Congress is a congregation of experts, think-tanks, thought leaders, scholars, professionals discussing and deliberating on some of the most pressing issues related to crime and deviance that we face in the 21st century and their subsequent prevention.

Speaking ahead of the conference Prof. (Dr.) C Raj Kumar, Vice Chancellor, JGU, said, “The 18thWorld Congress of Criminology will feature some of the most important voices on the challenges faced by the criminal justice systems in developing economies and will seek to address critical issues surrounding criminological research in great detail. Forums such as these present an opportunity to globally discuss some of the most serious challenges relating to the rule of law in our societies and we, as an educational institution have always tried to create meaningful platforms and enable deliberations that can reflect upon such issues in an intellectually rigorous manner.”

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Sanjeev P. Sahni, Principal Director of Jindal Institute of Behavioral Sciences called on experts in criminology and related disciplines to come together and engage in rigorous discussion and debate on the universal challenges faced in developing crime prevention policies for effective intervention and prevention.

He said, “We are privileged to be hosting the 18th chapter of the World Congress of Criminology, for the first time in India. We hope that scholars from this part of the world, India and the neighboring countries, will avail of this opportunity to facilitate scholarly discussions on the issues that are persistent in their regions and be able to garner solution-based debates and policy reforms that can hopefully be carried forward by the government, community and non-government organizations.”

The main theme of the Congress will be Urbanization, Globalization, Development & Crime: Opportunities & Challenges of the XXI Century. Panel discussions will also focus on critical issues pertaining to Extremism, Terrorism & Warfare: Mass Violence and its Impact on Society, Victimization of Vulnerable Populations: Crimes against Women and Children etc.

According to the President of the International Society of Criminology, Dr. Emilio Viano, “Participating in the Congress is a unique opportunity to present your work to the world community of criminologists and to begin, or expand and strengthen your interdisciplinary connections, multi-disciplinary cooperation, and the successful advancement of your career and standing in the profession.  In an increasingly competitive academic world, the World Congress of Criminology gives you the best chance to shine presenting your work and to advance building your future.”

This prestigious forum is being organized since 1938 under the auspice of the International Society of Criminology, and will bring together leading academicians, researchers, professionals and policy makers from across the globe. Platforms such as these provide an opportunity for intellectuals from diverse disciplines and areas of work to exchange ideas and formulate policies and solutions that can help in effective prevention and intervention of crime.

The 18th edition of the Congress is being organized in India by the Jindal Institute of Behavioral Sciences, a value based research institute of O.P. Jindal Global University which is committed to understanding, developing and applying human process competencies through continuous experimentation, research and learning related to applied and experimental behavioral science.


Jindal Institute of Behavioral Sciences is a value based research institute of JGU which is committed to understanding, developing and applying human process competencies through continuous experimentation, research and learning related to applied and experimental behavioral science. JIBS focuses on broad areas like social sciences, mental health, neurosciences, neural decision sciences, cognitive sciences, psychobiology management sciences, forensic sciences, social psychology, criminal behaviors etc. Our vision is to expand and strengthen interdisciplinary and collaborative research programs. The institution is committed to enhancing educational opportunities and community engagement and seeks to establish a world class institute in Asia which conducts and applies best behavioral and social science practices in innovative education, research, scholarship and clinical care.


The International Society of Criminology (ISC) was founded in Rome, Italy in 1937. Its objective is to promote activities and research designed to produce a better understanding of the crime phenomenon on an international scale. The Society promotes the prevention of crime and improving the procedures used by the various criminal justice systems. Its activities, therefore, focus both on scientific and practical issues. The International Society of Criminology is a non-governmental organization and many of its members occupy senior positions in their countries and in international institutions. The Society enjoys advisory status at the United Nations and the Council of Europe, and participates in UNESCO’s work.


JGU is a non-profit global university established by the Haryana Private Universities (Second Amendment) Act, 2009. JGU is established in memory of Mr. O.P. Jindal as a philanthropic initiative of Mr. Naveen Jindal, the Founding Chancellor. The University Grants Commission has accorded its recognition to O.P. Jindal Global University. The vision of JGU is to promote global courses, global programmes, global curriculum, global research, global collaborations, and global interaction through a global faculty. JGU is situated on a 80-acre state-of-the art residential campus in the National Capital Region of Delhi. JGU is one of the few universities in Asia that maintains a 1:15 faculty-student ratio and appoints faculty members from different parts of the world with outstanding academic qualifications and experience. JGU has established five schools: Jindal Global Law School, Jindal Global Business School, Jindal School of International Affairs, Jindal School of Government and Public Policy and Jindal School of Liberal Arts & Humanities.

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