United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute

President: Germán Osvaldo Núñez Benítez

Chair: Samuel Ortiz Delgado, Stephanie Michelle Trejo Villa.

Topic A) Measures to counter the use of children by extremist groups in the Republic of Iraq and the Syrian Arab Republic, focused on protection, and rehabilitation, and the standard-setting of procedures to protect victims

Topic B) Measures to combat the distribution of child pornography in the Republic of India, focused on the enhancement of standards for the investigation of producers, distributors, and possessors of illicit electronic material




Committee's outline and faculties

The United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI) has its origin in 1969, when the United Nations Social Defense Research Institute (UNSDRI) was formally founded, following the approval of the Resolution 1086 B of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). In 1989, ECOSOC renamed UNSDRI and established the statute of UNICRI, through the Resolution E/1989/56. Through UNICRI’S current statute, UNICRI’s area of activities allows the institute to take actions upon crimes related to corruption, environmental threats, the treatment of mentally ill criminals, criminal policies, justice reforms, juvenile justice, drug abuse, violent extremism, and illegal trafficking, by conducting international projects and formulating analysis to survey crime and train personnel worldwide. Its headquarters are located in Turin, Italian Republic, and the Institute is governed by the Board of Trustees, which is formed by 11 trustees, who determine guidelines, policies, budgets, and programs. Trustees are conformed by 7 experts, including the president Jayantilal M. Karia, and four ex-officio members who are representatives of the United Nations Secretary-General, the Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme, the Host Country (the Italian Republic), and the Director of UNICRI. Funding of the Institution is based only on donations made by organizations and governments of the international community.


UNICRI seeks to assist the Member States and other institutions to prevent crime, make the advancement of justice, protect human rights, and to rehabilitate offenders, by applying the following strategies:

  • To retrieve information related to crimes in order to formulate analysis, and action plans to inform and enhance cooperation between the Member States, public and private sector, international organizations, United Nations organisms, and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs).

  • To establish information and knowledge bases about crime combat and justice administration about diverse criminal areas and distribute them to the Member States.

  • To design training courses for law enforcement members, judges, lawyers, and other justice personnel, to bolster their effectiveness against criminal activities.

  • To assist the Member States in the rehabilitation and reintegration of violent offenders by designing strategies for treatment.

  • To help countries to reduce risks created by crimes, by organizing regular meetings between the United Nations’ Member States, and offering facilities and strategies to prevent and neutralize criminal activities.