Criminal Justice

The following stakeholder organisations and interests groups appear in thematic policy discussion on criminal justice policy at the European level. The listing does not represent a political stance or support of this website. All descriptions are derived from the self-presentation of the respective group or organisation. For reasons of space, exclusively national interest groups are not included. Comments and additions are welcome!

Eurad: Europe against Drugs:

EURAD is a European non profit drug policy Foundation that advocates a prevention and recovery oriented drug policy at national and international level.

European Criminal Bar Association (ECBA):

Since its foundation in 1997 the ECBA (European Criminal Bar Association) has become the pre-eminent independent organisation of specialist defence lawyers in all Council of Europe countries.  The ECBA aims to promote the fundamental rights of persons under investigation, suspects, accused and convicted persons.

European Criminal Law Academic Network (ECLAN)

ECLAn is a French university network that is based at the Free University Brussels and was initially co-funded by the EU Commission and Luxembourg Ministry of Justice. The network organises regular events in the area of EU criminal justice policy, and its website features an extensive literature database on this topic. 


European Institute for Crime Prevention and Control, affiliated with the United Nations (HEUNI):

The European Institute for Crime Prevention and Control, affiliated with the United Nations (HEUNI) is the European link in the network of institutes operating within the framework of the United Nations Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Programme. The primary objective of HEUNI is to promote the international exchange of information on crime prevention and control among European countries.

European Judicial Training Network:

The European Judicial Training Network (EJTN) is the principal platform and promoter for the training and exchange of knowledge of the European judiciary. EJTN represents the interests of over 160,000 European judges, prosecutors and judicial trainers across Europe.

Flare Network:

International Network of Civil Society Organisations for the Social Struggle against Transnational Organised Crime.

International Commission of Jurists (ICJ):

Composed of 60 eminent judges and lawyers from all regions of the world, the International Commission of Jurists promotes and protects human rights through the Rule of Law, by using its unique legal expertise to develop and strengthen national and international justice systems. Established in 1952 and active on the five continents, the ICJ aims to ensure the progressive development and effective implementation of international human rights and international humanitarian law; secure the realization of civil, cultural, economic, political and social rights; safeguard the separation of powers; and guarantee the independence of the judiciary and legal profession.