International Society for the Reform of Criminal Law

Suite 1000, 840 Howe Street
British Columbia V6Z 2M1
Tel: +1 604 643 1252
Fax: +1 604 643 1200


Number of Members: 300
Membership Is: Voluntary

Bar Profile:
The International Society for the Reform of Criminal Law is an International non-governmental association of judges, legislators, lawyers, academics, police and governmental officials who have come together to work actively on the administration of criminal justice both in their own jurisdictions and internationally.

In addition to encouraging members to develop their individual interests in criminal justice, the Society provides a network to support such interests and develop joint research and criminal justice policy developments among individuals and government bodies from different jurisdictions.

The Society participates as a professional organization in the work of the United Nations Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Programme and is a partner (along with the University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University) in the International Centre for Criminal Law Reform and Criminal Justice Policy, an Inter-Regional Institute of the U.N. Criminal Justice program, located at Vancouver, Canada.

Brief Historical Background Founded in July 1987 following an international conference in London.

Held conferences in following years at various international locations:

1994 - Hong Kong - The Corporation and the Criminal Law
1995 - Santa Monica, California, USA - The Media and the Criminal Justice System
1996 - Whistler, BC, Canada - Sentencing & Corrections, and Commercial Crime
1997 - London, England - Law & Justice: Where Now?
1998 - Bridgetown, Barbados - Drugs, Criminal Justice and Social Policy
1999 - St. Julians, Malta - Commercial & Financial Fraud: A Comparitive Perspective
2000 - Sandton, South Africa - Human Rights & the Administration of Criminal Justice
2001 - Australia - date, topic and location to be announced

Annual Conferences
Contact Society offices for information.

Seminar Programme
Periodic seminars throughout the world on criminal justice issues.

Journal or Newsletter
Newsletter - The Reformer - published quarterly - Editor: Donald J. Sorochan, QC
Journal - Criminal Law Forum - published three times/year - Editor: William Schabas

Publications Available to Non Members
Criminal Law Forum (see above)
Address: Criminal Law Forum, Kluwer Academic Publisher
Spuiboulevard 50, P.O. Box 17
3300AA Dordrecht Netherlands
Telephone: +31 78 6392107
Fax: +31 78 6392254

Current Officers & Leadership

Michael Hill QC

Secretary - Treasurer
Donald J Sorochan QC


Membership Inquiries
Donald J. Sorochan, Q.C.
Suite 1000
840 Howe Street
Vancouver V6Z 2M1 Canada
Phone: (604) 643-1214
Fax: (604) 643-1200