Greetings. You are cordially invited to attend and take active part in the XIX World Congress of Criminology to be held in Doha, Qatar from 27 (arrival) to 31 (departure) October 2019. The event will take place at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Doha.

The World Congress of Criminology is the foremost worldwide criminology event that brings together the best academics, researchers, professionals and policy makers to discuss the most relevant and current issues related to crime and deviance and their prevention under the aegis of the International Society of Criminology.

The World Congresses of Criminology have been held under the auspices of the International Society of Criminology, since the first Rome, Italy Congress of 1938. In this century, Congresses were held in Rio de Janeiro (2003), Philadelphia (2005), Barcelona (2008), Kobe, Japan (2011), Monterrey NL, Mexico (2014) and the New Delhi Capital Region, India (2016). All were successful, heavily attended, and well covered by the media.


The Congress welcomes different forms of presentations, from the traditional “paper” to roundtables, author meets critics, literary and artistic expressions, community meetings, posters, workshops and more. We want the Congress to be a dynamic, high energy, creative event that offers high quality scholarly and research material, data, and insights along with more concrete, practical, solution-oriented debates and collaborations.

We also invite the community and non-governmental organizations to be present and active at the Congress, taking part in scholarly sessions and learning from top experts and scholars, engaging them in discussion, conversation and debate; sharing their own live knowledge of the reality of crime and violence; and striving to collaboratively formulate pragmatic policies for effective intervention and prevention.

We especially welcome youth, their enthusiasm, daring, creativity and innovation.

In those three days of October 2019, we want to live, work, and experience a unique event that we will ourselves create, sustain and experience through our own efforts, sharing, openness to others, and understanding. It is our firm intention that the Congress will not be a static point, just marking the passing of time since the preceding one, but a point of departure for the beginning of a major effort and a sustained campaign to make our world more just, safe and secure for all. In this respect, the cooperation between the ISC and the Education for Justice initiative of the United Nations on Drugs & Crime (UNODC) is especially valuable and promising.

You are cordially invited to take part in this dynamic and forceful event that will join together intellectual insight, rigorous research findings, and streetwise understanding into an unbreakable commitment and a powerful movement to address crime and deviance in a sustained and resolute way, worldwide, within the framework of justice and human rights.
I look forward to meet you, work with you and thank you personally in Doha. We are expecting you!

Emilio C. Viano,
President, International Society of Criminology and Program Chair, INTERCRIM 19.



The International Society for Criminology (ISC) is the Leading Global Network of Experts Researching and Teaching on Crime, Deviance and Delinquency and their Root Causes, and Providing Criminal Justice Solutions and Innovations, grounded in the full respect of Human Rights and of the Rule of Law. It was founded in Rome, Italy in 1937. It is the only worldwide organization in the field of criminology and criminal justice. Its objective is to support activities and research designed to produce a better understanding of the crime phenomenon on an international scale; to translate research findings into policy making and programmatic interventions; and to support the establishment of high quality criminology and criminal justice programs. The Society focuses both on scientific and practical issues.
The International Society of Criminology is one of the most active and influential scholarly associations at the forefront in addressing the challenges and problems posed by crime and deviance and in finding solutions that also fully respect human rights and democratic values. The Society publishes the International Annals of Criminology in partnership with Cambridge University Press.
The President of the International Society of Criminology, Prof. Emilio C. Viano, is the chair of the Organizing Committee.


Qatar University is the public university in Qatar, located on the northern outskirts of the capital Doha. As of 2019, there are over 20,000 students. Courses are taught in Arabic or English. It provides high quality undergraduate and graduate programs that prepare competent graduates, destined to shape the future of Qatar. The university community has a diverse and committed faculty. It is an intellectual and scholarly community characterized by open discussion, the free exchange of ideas, respectful debate, and a commitment to rigorous inquiry. The College of Law (LAWC) is committed to providing its students with the finest legal education. LAWC features a Distinguished Speakers' Program, a dedicated Center for Law and Development, and a state-of-the-art Law Clinic.
The College publishes its acclaimed journal, the International Review of Law, and has many award-winning students in regional and international moot courts. Women constitute 70% of the law student body. In 2018 the Law School hosted the meeting in Doha of the International Association of Law Schools.

UNODC Education for Justice

The Education for Justice (E4J) initiative forms part of UNODC's Global Program for the Implementation of the Doha Declaration on Integrating Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice into the Wider United Nations Agenda to Address Social and Economic Challenges and to Promote the Rule of Law at the National and International Levels, and Public Participation. The Doha Declaration was adopted by the Thirteenth United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice in 2015 and endorsed by the United Nations General Assembly in its Resolution 70/174. The Declaration recognizes the fundamental importance of universal education for children and youth, for the prevention of crime, terrorism and corruption, as well as to promote sustainable development.
In support of the Doha Declaration, the E4J initiative aims to build a culture of lawfulness among children and youth through the provision of age-appropriate educational materials on topics related to criminal justice, crime prevention and the rule of law, and the integration of those materials into the curricula of all education levels. The E4J initiative is also closely linked with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which emphasizes the importance of education for ending poverty, protecting the planet and ensuring prosperity for all. At the university level, E4J aims to facilitate and promote teaching on issues related to UNODC's mandate areas, including anti-corruption, organized crime, human trafficking and migrant smuggling, counter-terrorism, cybercrime, crime prevention and criminal justice, firearms trafficking, wildlife, forest and fisheries crime as well as on integrity and ethics. As part of these efforts, UNODC has developed university modules and teaching guides on the above areas, which lecturers can adapt and integrate into their courses.
The Education for Justice Program of UNODC is the sponsor, with the International Society of Criminology, of the Young Scholars Paper Competition especially for INTERCRIM 19. For more details see “Competition” on this website. Please help us spread the word about this exciting opportunity for young scholars.

For information on registration, the scientific program, submission of papers, proposals of session etc., please, go to: or click here!
For information on accommodations at the special Congress rate and for reservations at one of the official hotels (Ritz Carlton, Marriott, Westin) please go to: Venue/Hotels or click here.

Go to the website of the Congress and then on the Proposal Form tab on this website or click here!