The International Penal and Penitentiary Foundation (Fondation internationale pénale et pénitentiaire, FIPP) is an international organisation with quasi-governmental status. It promotes studies on crime-prevention and treatment of offenders, focussing on research, publications and teaching. It has been approved by the General Assembly of the United Nations and holds consultative status at the United Nations and the Council of Europe.

The IPPF can trace its origin to 1872, when the International Prison Commission (according to some sources the International Penitentiary Commission) was set up to make recommendations for prison reform. This commission later became the International Penal and Penitentiary Commission (IPPC) and is considered the oldest intergovernmental agency in the correctional field. The IPPC was affiliated with the League of Nations and organised conferences on crime control every five years.

It produced the first set of minimum rules for the treatment of detainees (the Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners), which were adopted by the League of Nations in 1934 and approved in 1955 at the first United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and the Treatment of Offenders.

After World War II, the IPPC was dissolved and its role transferred to the United Nations. The International Penal and Penitentiary Foundation in its current form was established in 1950 as a foundation officially based in Switzerland, and has been approved by the General Assembly of the United Nations.

The IPPF promotes studies on crime-prevention and treatment of offenders through research, publications, teaching and international meetings. The IPPF's members are experts in penal and penitentiary matters from around the world such as judges, officials in the prison system, and academics.

The IPPF holds consultative status at the UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, the United Nations Economic and Social Council, and the Council of Europe. It provides recommendations and advice on safeguarding human rights and improving treatment under the penal system. Among its current priorities are a revision of minimum rules for the treatment of prisoners for Latin America and the Caribbean, and prison policy and prisoners' rights.

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Proceeding of the Colloquium of the IPPF, Budapest, Hungary 16-19 February 2006
Peter J.P. Tak, Manon Jendly
Pages: 231 pages
Shipping Weight: 700 gram
Published: 07-2006
Publisher: WLP
Language: US
ISBN (hardcover) : 9789058501929

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No state has ever managed to redeem society from crime. States may be strong enough to punish induvidual offences but they are not strong enough to improve public morality. Therefor the implementation of punishment should not be the sole response of crime. The Government of the Republic of Hungary favours a criminal policy which does confine itself to determining punishable conducts, but which also aims at modernizing criminal justice, reducing the burdens of the administration of justice and the costs of the correctional service, assisting and indemnifying the victims of crime and appeasing the aggrieved community.

Peter J.P. Tak & Manon Jendly (Eds)
Pages: 600 pages
Shipping Weight: 1150 gram
Published: 07-2008
Publisher: WLP
Language: US
ISBN (hardcover) : 9789058503954

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The focus of this book is prison policy and prisoners’ rights. Prison policy has been central to IPPF concerns throughout the Foundation’s history and frequently discussed, but the issues that are of the most pressing importance do not remain the same. Prisoners’ rights have been considered and studied much more rarely in international fora and this colloquium has enabled participants to benefit from presentations covering several aspects of this subject which is of increasing national and international interest.

Foreword / Préface: George Kellens
General report / Rapport général: Roy Walmsley
Positive obligations to ensure the human rights of prisoners: Piet Hein van Kempen
La notion de dignité humaine dans la sauvegarde des droits fondamentaux des détenus: Emine Eylem Aksoy
La politique européenne en matière pénitentiaire:Jean Pradel
Guantánamo: the crucible for human and constitutional rights in XXI century USA The influence of international criminal law on the advancement of prisoners’ rights Edgardo Rotman
National reports: America, Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, England and Wales, Finland France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, South Africa, Spain, Sweden and Thailand


G. Kellens, M. Dantinne
Pages: 142 pages
Shipping Weight: 450 gram
Published: 03-2010
Publisher: WLP
Language: NL
ISBN (hardcover) : 9789058504913

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What is the role of scientific NGOs in national and international crime policies?

This publication contains the answers of the “Big Five”associations (Criminal Law, Penitentiary Foundation, Criminology, Social Defence, and Victimology), as well as that of an expert whoaddresses the subject from the perspective of an internationalorganisation.

Georges Kellens is President (2006-2010) of the InternationalPenal and Penitentiary Foundation. Michaël Dantinne chaired the Local Organizing Committee of thecolloquy in Liège at which the topic was debated.

Tak, Peter J.P., Jendly, Manon (eds.)
Pages: 300 pages
Shipping Weight: 640 gram
Published: 12-2007
Publisher: WLP
Language: US
ISBN (hardcover) : 9789058503176

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Minorités et diversité culturelle en prison, Actes du Colloque de la FIPP, Popowo, Pologne 13-17 juin 2007 / Minorities and cultural diversity in prison, Proceedings of the Colloquium of the IPPF, Popowo, Poland 13-17 June 2007