Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice
Founded in 1992, the CCPCJ’s purpose is “improving international action to combat national and transnational crime and the efficiency and fairness of criminal justice administration systems.” The CCPCJ also serves as a method for member states to exchange information and to develop international strategies and priorities on the combating of crime. A sub-committee of the UNODC, it serves as the governing body of the United Nations crime prevention and criminal justice programme.
This committee is designed for both beginners and experienced delegates alike. Position papers, although strongly recommended, are not required. However, delegates who wish to be considered for an award must submit their position papers by Sunday, January 7, 2018, at 23:59. More information about position papers will be found on page 3 of the Background Guide.
With terrorism becoming more prevalent in society and threatening the livelihood of innocent civilians, it is without question that crime prevention must be strengthened to protect the world from the violence of terrorism. In global affairs, terrorism is nothing new, but the lack of solidified action has seemingly fueled the mindset of fear. The strengthening of international criminal justice systems is imperative if action is being sought to truly combat – and end – terrorism. Although there are a variety of solutions, delegates must not forget the countless obstacles that accompany them; for example, increasing national security may mean sacrificing some aspects of human rights, such as personal privacy, of citizens. It is also helpful to remember that terrorism is most rampant in unstable nations as governments do not have the resources meant to combat terrorism. Solutions should not only focus on combatting terrorism short term, but also about improving the long-term stability of nations.
With the rapid increase of globalization, criminal activity is now commonly expanded beyond state borders. Because of this reason, it is imperative that nations cooperate to maintain an international standard for extradition to advocate for crime prevention and justice. However, extradition is not always a clear-cut case; oftentimes there are human rights concerns with regards to extradition. In cases of international extradition, violations of human rights can be represented through torture, shredding of personal dignity, as well as the failure to comply with international standards of criminal justice. A system to formalize and regulate extradition in cases of human rights concerns is vital in creating a more ethical international justice system.
Kelly Kwan | Director
Kelly is currently a Grade 12 student at Crofton House School and is honoured to serve as the Director of CCPCJ at VMUN 2018. After a friend convinced her to join Model UN in Grade 8, Kelly has delegated and staffed at over six conferences. Throughout the four years, Kelly has found her experiences in MUN to be exciting and challenging, and hopes that her delegates enjoy it as much as she does. Outside of MUN, Kelly enjoys dancing, playing tennis, eating, and hanging out with friends. Kelly is looking forward to meeting everyone in January and wishes all her delegates good luck.
Emma Blake | Chair
Emma first fell in love with the world of diplomacy and international relations as a grade 8 student, and she hasn’t looked back since. Now in grade 12 at West Point Grey Academy, Emma is still heavily involved in competitive debate, public speaking, and Model UN, and is incredibly grateful for all that these experiences have offered her. In her free time, you can find her jetting off to new countries, drinking coffee, or spending too much time driving around Vancouver. She is looking forward to meeting everyone at VMUN 2018, and hopes that they will each be able to take away something memorable from the conference, whether it be a record-low amount of sleep, a new friendship, or an expanding mindset.
Alvin Zou| Assistant Director
Alvin is currently a junior at Prince of Wales Secondary, and has been attending conferences ever since he was introduced to the world of Model UN in 2015. After a truly unforgettable experience as a delegate at VMUN 2017, Alvin is thrilled to be staffing the CCPCJ this year as an Assistant Director. When he’s not making one bad pun after another, Alvin can be found on the ultimate frisbee fields of PW, the ski slopes of the North Shore, or catching up on episodes of Game of Thrones. He can’t wait for VMUN 2018 and hopes that the conference will be a memorable weekend for all of the CCPCJ’s delegates.
You can contact the Director at firstname.lastname@example.org. Any questions regarding the committee or its debate procedures will be answered by email. Position papers must also be submitted to this address.