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Criminal Law and Justice Research Division

The Criminal Law and Justice Research Division conducts research on legislations and policies regarding the enactment of Criminal Act, Criminal Procedure Act and special criminal laws. The Division also covers research on crime and criminal sanctions as well as a comparative study on major countries’ criminal legislation, criminal justice laws and regulations.

Advancement on criminal justice for fair criminal procedures in accordance with human rights principles
Development of criminal justice policies to realize popular sovereignty and reform the prosecution in a democratic manner
Assessment of criminal justice and the judicial system
Comparative analysis on major countries’ criminal legislation and criminal justice systems.
Policy for developing forensic investigation

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Crime Prevention and Treatment Research Division

The Crime Prevention and Treatment Research Division conducts policy-relevant research on crime prevention and the treatment of offenders. It carries out surveys on crime and criminal justice policies and research on the following topics: a) prevention of crimes targeted toward socially vulnerable groups including children, women, young and old adults, b) safety policies, c) protection and assistance of victims, and d) treatment of offenders.

Treatment of juveniles in criminal justice procedures and promoting cooperation of local communities
Assessment about the effectiveness of severe punishment in criminal sanctions: the effectiveness of sex offender registration and notification system
Preventing an aggressive and retaliatory driving
Survey methodology of crime victimization

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Crime Survey and Statistics Research Division

The Crime Survey and Statistics Research Division conducts surveys on the major categories of crimes including homicide, robbery, theft, arson, and fraud to identify crime trends and provides basic information for evidence-based criminal justice policies. The Division also regularly conducts national crime victimization surveys.

Analyzing causes of crime and crime trends
Conducting surveys on main types of crime
Conducting research on crime victimization and victim protection
Assisting the information management of crime statistics
Establishing and managing Crime & Criminal Justice Statistics (CCJS)
Collecting and providing crime-related statistics
Sharing crime statistics domestically and internationally

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Judicial Reform Research Division

The Judicial Reform Research Division conducts research on legal affairs including human rights, border control and refugees, and judicial reforms on criminal justice authorities such as Korean National Police Agency, Supreme Prosecutors’ Office, Supreme Court of Korea and the Corruption Investigation Office for High-ranking Officials. The Division focuses on research of reforming current investigation practices violating human rights, and public participation in judicial processes with due process driven by popular justice.

Capacity evaluations of the human rights advocacy of criminal justice agencies
Scope and limits of an open criminal investigation through photo lineups
Scope of nighttime investigation and guaranteeing human rights
State violence for the settlement of past wrongdoings
Implementation and establishment of Korean Local Autonomous Police System
Conducting research on the Corruption Investigation Office for High-ranking Officials, CIO

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Corruption and Economic Crime Research Division

The Corruption and Economic Crime Research Division conducts research on corruption in the public and private sectors, economic crimes including tax crimes and unfair competition and trading, and crimes aided by information and communications technologies that are becoming increasingly sophisticated and advanced. The Division examines the causal factors of crimes and provides
appropriate solutions to help formulate effective and concrete criminal justice policies.

Causes of corruption offences and the development of countermeasures
Economic and financial crimes in capital market, taxation, fair trade and industry & commerce
Public safety and scientific technology-related criminal offences in cyber safety, narcotic drugs, labor, industrial safety, cultural arts and transportation.
Political crimes relating to elections and political parties

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Legislation Policy Research Division

The Legislation Policy Research Division conducts in-depth research. on theories and policies relating to criminal legislation. The Division provides expert comments in the establishment and revision of criminal law to relevant authorities and the National Assembly and reviews legislative bills in the field of Criminal justice, which already br took effect. It also seeks ways to provide legislative support in establishing criminal justice policies for short and long terms while conducting preemptive research on legislative policies in response to megatrends in the future of society including the fourth industrial revolution and climate change.

Theories and policies in developing criminal justice legislation
Providing expert comments in the establishment and revision of criminal law to relevant authorities and the national assembly
Preemptive research on legislation policies about megatrends in the future of society
Reviewing legislative bills in criminal justice
Providing recommendations of legislation policies in criminal justice to realize national tasks
Exploring legislation policies in criminal justice and the development of cutting - edge technology including artificial intelligence
Legislation policies in response to environmental offences in the era of climate change

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International Cooperation Division

The International Cooperation Division strengthens international networks for crime prevention by facilitating exchanges and cooperation with prominent research institutes and judicial agencies in the field of criminal justice around the world and enhances research capabilities by holding an international academic forum and disseminating KICJ research outcomes and reports internationally. The Division also takes part in global governance for crime prevention through international engagement and collaboration with the UN and UNPNI and establishes the institute’s profile as one of leading global think tanks in criminal justice.

Establishing multilateral cooperation by hosting and participating in the UN and UNPNI conferences
Establishing bilateral cooperation by facilitating engagement with international criminal justice agencies
Hosting an international academic forum in criminal justice
Publishing International Journal of Criminal Justice
Establishing an international scholarly consultative group in the Asia-Pacific region
Conducting international joint research on transnational organized crime
Disseminating and promoting KICJ research outcomes and reports internationally

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