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UN Institute for
Interregional Crime and Justice Research United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute

Organization type Research institute
Abbreviation UNICRI
management Bettina Tucci Bartsiotas since 2018 United States
United StatesUnited States 
status active
Founded 1968
Headquarters Turin Italy
Upper organization ECOSOC
The Director of UNICRI
Bettina Tucci Bartsiotas

The UN Institute for Interregional Crime and Justice Research ( UNICRI ) is one of the five United Nations research and training institutes of the United Nations . It was founded in 1968 to the international community to assist in the formulation and implementation of reliable methods in dealing with the prevention and the Legal Prosecution of crimes .


In 1965, the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) laid down the organizational requirements for UN programs for social defense in resolution 1086 B (XXXIX) . In 1967 the UN Secretary General U Thant published the Bulletin ST / SGB / 134 on the establishment of the United Nations Social Defense Research Institute ( UNSDRI ). The task should be to improve the prevention and control of both juvenile and adult crime through research and technical support. In 1968 the United Nations and the Italian government concluded an agreement for the establishment of the UNSDRI headquarters in Rome , the following year the institute was officially opened by the UN Secretary General.

In 1989 the institute was established by ECOSOC Resolution No. 1989/56 renamed the UN Institute for Interregional Crime and Justice Research (UNICRI). His mandate has accordingly been significantly expanded. UNICRI moved its headquarters from Rome to Turin in 2000 . Branch offices continue to exist in Rome and Geneva , there are offices worldwide. UNICRI is led by a board of trustees made up of experts, and the US-American Bettina Tucci Bartsiotas has been the director of the institute since 2018 .

goals and tasks

UNICRI conducts research, training and technical cooperation programs to help governments and the international community counter the threats posed by crime to social peace, development and political stability. The development of fair and efficient justice systems should be supported.

The institute supports the formulation and implementation of tried and tested strategies in the field of crime prevention and justice, the promotion of national independence and the development of efficient institutions. The institute works on a comprehensive understanding of crime with an emphasis on the importance of international instruments and standards. It promotes the exchange and dissemination of information, cooperation in the enforcement of international law and international legal cooperation.

UNICRI orients its activities to the needs of the member states. The Crime Prevention and Justice Commission , which meets annually, sets the priorities on which the programs are based. Currently these include organized crime , judicial reform, youth crime , counter-terrorism , security at large events , international criminal law, corruption , human trafficking , victim protection, counterfeiting , computer crime , environmental crime and drug-related crime .

The institute repeatedly emphasizes the importance of close international and interregional cooperation and promotes the dissemination of information and experience at all levels.


The UNICRI programs for applied research have three main focuses:

  • New forms of crime
  • Security management and counter-terrorism
  • Training and education

New forms of crime

The department for new forms of crime ( Emerging Crimes ) has set itself the central task of containing the effects of new or emerging forms of crime such as human trafficking, corruption, environmental crime and cybercrime. The focus is on protecting groups at risk from crime, such as women and minors. Other priorities are preventing young people from drifting into crime and fighting brand piracy in the interests of consumers as well as legitimate manufacturers and retailers.

Security management and counter-terrorism

The focus in this area is on the prevention of terrorism, security concepts for major events, the protection of particularly vulnerable targets, the prevention of radicalization and the prevention of the illegal spread of chemical, biological and radioactive materials. All activities are aimed at being able to offer the member states a comprehensive bundle of effective strategies to prevent acts of terrorism and to increase institutional capacities through effective security management while strictly adhering to the rule of law and respecting human rights .

UNICRI works with many other United Nations institutions and other international and regional organizations in order to be able to offer well-coordinated packages of measures. UNICRI is a member of the UN Task Force for the Implementation of Counter-Terrorism (CTITF), whose task is to implement the UN Counter-Terrorism Strategy published in 2006. As part of the CTITF, the institute heads two working groups. The first aims to improve the protection of particularly vulnerable targets; the second deals with the conditions that lead to terrorism in the context of radicalization and extremism.

Training and education

Out of its obligation to make countries around the world available, UNICRI offers many training programs and courses. It has partnerships with many universities and educational institutions. It offers a master’s degree in international criminology and justice (LL.M.) and an International Summer School on Migration discusses the challenges and opportunities of modern migration movements.

One focus of the work is on educational programs for developing countries for both academic and non-university areas. At the request of member states, UNICRI also offers special training programs for judicial staff.

UNICRI Documentation Center

The UNICRI Documentation Center makes an extensive archive available to researchers and practitioners around the world. The offer includes more than 20,000 monographs, 1,250 journals and yearbooks, countless multimedia offers and huge databases that are available online .


UNICRI is financed entirely through voluntary contributions and does not receive any funds from the regular budget of the United Nations. This gives it content-related independence when selecting its programs. Support comes from individual states, international and regional organizations, charities, and foundations.


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