Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice CCPCJ


  • Topic A: Support for Victims of Crime
  • Topic B: Transitional Justice and Post-Conflict Reconciliation

TOPIC A Support for Victims of Crime

TOPIC B Transitional Justice and Post-Conflict Reconciliation



  • Irene Qi (she/her)
  • Katie Fraser (she/her)
Email Committee Chair

The United Nations Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ) is a functional commission of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) based in Vienna, Austria. The commission serves as the primary guiding body for the activities of the United Nations in the field of crime prevention and criminal justice. In particular, CCPCJ is committed to promoting effective, fair, and humane criminal justice systems and strategies to combat various forms of crime, ensuring the safety and well-being of people across the world. This year, the thematic topic of CCPCJ will be focused on the ways that the commission can provide support for victims of crime and work with countries in implementing effective transitional justice mechanisms.

Topic A: Support for Victims of Crime
An effective and comprehensive criminal justice system must address the rights of victims of crime. The physical, financial, and emotional toll crime takes on victims is often overlooked, causing victims of crime to not always receive the support they need. As criminal justice systems fail to promptly provide redress for incurred damages, victimization—and secondary victimization, in which victims of crime are sometimes re-victimized—results in further harm that also goes unacknowledged. Delegates will grapple with the challenges of promoting a fair criminal justice system that provides protection for victims of crime. Victims should be able to have a say in decisions concerning their fundamental rights; empathy, dignity, and equal access to justice systems for swift means of restitution are essential. Delegates will consider how to best provide victims with specialized assistance in dealing with traumatic events. The committee will work to ensure victims secure justice at the international level.

Topic B: Transitional Justice and Post-Conflict Reconciliation
Transitional justice plays a vital role in societies emerging from periods of conflict or repression, aiming to address past human rights abuses, promote accountability, and facilitate reconciliation. Delegates in this committee will discuss various mechanisms of transitional justice, including truth commissions, prosecutions, reparations, and institutional reforms. The focus will be on exploring ways to ensure justice for victims and survivors while promoting national healing and social cohesion. Topics of debate may include the role of international tribunals and hybrid courts in prosecuting war crimes and crimes against humanity, the challenges of achieving justice in contexts of impunity and political instability, and the importance of engaging local communities and civil society in the reconciliation process. Delegates will also examine the role of restorative justice approaches, such as truth-telling and community-based initiatives, in fostering sustainable peace and preventing the recurrence of violence.