The International Section of the Academy of Criminal Justice Science serves its members in four distinct ways:
- Provides a means for international scholar exchanges, to create opportunities for cross-cultural research, and international/comparative criminal justice curriculum development.
- Provides a free subscription to all paid members of the International Criminal Justice Review (ICJR), a peer-reviewed quarterly journal, is dedicated to presenting system-wide trends and problems on crime and justice worldwide. (ACJS International Section membership is available to any existing member of the Academy of Criminal Justice Science at www.acjs.org.
- Holds an annual meeting at the site of the ACJS meeting each March. At the meeting and reception, outstanding scholars, students, and papers are recognized, and those with international and comparative interests have a forum to meet and connect.
- Communicates via a listserv and webpage to link those interested in, and working on, international and comparative crime and justice issues.
2015-2017 International Section Executive Committee: (left to right) Jay Albanese, Immediate Past Chair (Virginia Commonwealth University); Nadine Connell, Executive Counselor (University of Texas-Dallas); John Cencich, Chair (California University of Pennsylvania); Harry Rhea, Vice Chair (Rutgers-Camden); Marlyn Jones, Executive Counselor (California State University-Sacramento); Stefan Schumann, Secretary (Johannes Kepler University-Linz); Vesna Markovic, Executive Counselor (University of New Haven). Yuliya Zabelina, Executive Counselor (John Jay, CUNY) is not in the picture.
Past ACJS International Section Chairs: (From left to right) Jay S. Albanese (Virginia Commonwealth University) 2013-15; Harry Dammer (University of Scranton) 2003-05; Hedi Nasheri (Kent State University) 2009-11; John Cencich (California University of Pennsylvania) 2015-17; John Winterdyk (University of Calgary) 2007-09; Sanja Kutnjak Ivkovich (Michigan State University) 2011-13; Philip Reichel (University of Northern Colorado) 2005-07.
For a history of the section, click here.
To view the section Constitution and By-Laws, click here.
Links to summaries of past annual reports and activities of the ACJS International Section:
International Section Annual Report Summary 2015
International Section Annual Report Summary 2014
International Section Annual Report Summary 2013
International Section Annual Report Summary 2012
International Section Annual Report Summary 2011
International Section Annual Report Summary 2010
International Section Annual Report Summary 2009
International Section Annual Report Summary 2008
International Section Annual Report Summary 2007
International Section Annual Report Summary 2006
Section News: The International Section holds an annual meeting and reception during the ACJS Annual Meeting, so the location changes each year. These events provide opportunities for members to meet and interact, providing a forum to advance teaching, scholarship, and service in the broad area of international and comparative crime and justice studies.
At the 2010 International Section meeting in San Diego: Dorothy Bracey (2005 Mueller Award Winner),
Pete Benekos, Jim Finckenauer (2009 Mueller Award Winner), Freda Adler, and Alida Merlo.
Dick Bennett receives the 2007 Mueller Award from Alida Merlo; Jay Albanese receiving the Mueller Award in 2011 in Toronto; and Bill Pridemore being presented the 2015 Mueller Award in Orlando by John Cencich.
Member Benefits: Free to all paid members of the ACJS International Section, The International Criminal Justice Review (ICJR) is peer-reviewed and published quarterly, dedicated to presenting system-wide trends and problems on crime and justice worldwide. The journal provides a comparative and international overview of law, crime and justice from a cross-cultural perspective. http://icj.sagepub.com/
Members are also entitled to a free copy of the ACJS International Section’s Comparative and International Criminal Justice Course Guide, edited by Jay Albanese. The guide has been provided to all paid members. You can also email the International Section Chair (John Cencich) at email@example.com to obtain a copy. Additionally, a lunch has been provided in recent years to members—at no cost—who have attended the Annual Awards Luncheon.
To join the section, current ACJS members should contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Non-members of ACJS can join ACJS and the section online, on the Membership page of the ACJS website.
Section Awards: Mueller Award for Distinguished Contributions to International Criminal Justice
The Mueller Award is conferred annually on an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the field of comparative/international criminal justice spanning the areas of scholarship, leadership, and service.
Harry Rhea (right) awarding Sanja Kutnjak Ivkovich (left) the 2017 Gerhard O.W. Mueller Award for Distinguished Contributions to International Criminal Justice.
Mueller Award Winners
Sanja Kutnjak Ivkovich, 2017
Gary LaFree, 2016
William Alex Pridemore, 2015
Margaret Shaw, 2014
Louise Shelley, 2013
Finn-Aage Esbensen, 2012
Jay Albanese, 2011
C. Ronald Huff, 2010
James Finckenauer, 2009
Martin Killias, 2008
Richard Bennett, 2007
Elmar Weitekamp, 2006
Dorothy Bracey, 2005
Ian McKenzie, 2004
Jeremy Travis, 2003
About Gerhard O.W. Mueller
Gerhard O. W. Mueller was a Distinguished Professor Criminal Justice at Rutgers University, School of Criminal Justice. After earning his JD degree from the University Chicago, he went on to receive a master of laws degree from Columbia University. He was awarded the degree of DrJur (hc) by the University of Uppsala, Sweden. His career in criminal justice began in 1945, when he served as a chief petty officer in the British Military Government Water Police, where he commanded a Coast Guard cutter. His teaching in criminal justice, begun in 1953, was partially interrupted between 1974 and 1982 when, as Chief of the United Nations Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Branch, he was responsible for all of the United Nations’ programs dealing with problems of crime and justice worldwide.
He continued his service to the United Nations as chair ad interim of the Board of the International Scientific and Professional Advisory Council of the United Nations Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Programme. Professor Mueller was member of the faculties of law at the University of Washington, West Virginia University, New York University, and the National Judicial College, with visiting appointments and lectureships at universities and institutes in the Americas, western and eastern Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia. He is the author of some 50 authored or edited books and 270 scholarly articles.
To many criminologist around the world Professor Mueller is considered the “father” of international/comparative criminal justice. He not only founded the UN Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Branch but through his teaching, research, and mentoring he has helped to create a body of knowledge and a generation of scholars that will serve the field for many years to come. For his lifelong efforts, the International Section of ACJS has named its outstanding scholar award the G.O.W. Mueller Award for Outstanding Contributions to Comparative/International Criminal Justice. Professor Mueller died on April 20, 2006.
Gerhard O.W. Mueller
Outstanding Book Award
Beginning in 2014 the ACJS International Section confers an Outstanding Book Award to the author of a recent book published on topics relating to the broad areas of international or comparative crime or justice. The deadline for nominations for this award is generally August 1 of each year, and the details for nominations are circulated to International Section members on its listserv. The Section Chair may be contacted for further information.
Yuliya Zabelina (right) awarding the 2017 Outstanding Book Award to Thomas J. Holt and Adam M. Bossier for Cybercrime in Progress: Theory and Prevention of Technology-Enable Offenses (Routledge, 2017). Mary A. Finn (left) from Michigan State accepts the award on their behalf.
2017 - Thomas J. Holt and Adam M. Bossier
Cybercrime in Progress: Theory and Prevention of Technology-Enable Offenses (Routledge, 2017)
2015 – Rosemary Barberet
Women, Crime and Criminal Justice: A Global Enquiry
2014 - Sanja Kutnjak Ivkovich and John Hagan
Reclaiming Justice: The International Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia and Local Courts (Oxford University Press, 2013).
Outstanding Graduate Student Paper Award
Beginning in 2014 the ACJS International Section conferred a Graduate Student Paper Award for the outstanding paper submitted on a comparative or international criminal justice issue. The deadline for nominations for this award is generally August 1 of each year, and the details for nominations are circulated to International Section members on its listserv. The winning submission receives a monetary award of $250 and is recognized at the annual meeting. The Section Chair may be contacted for further information.
Vesna Markovic (right) awarding Vladimir Božović (left) the 2017 International Section Outstanding Graduate Student Paper Award. Vladimir received the award on behalf of himself and his co-author Valentina Asančaić
2017 - Vladimir Božović and Valentina Asančaić
2015 - Ming-Li “Lily” Hsieh
2014 - Michael F. Campagna, Washington State University
Executive Board: International Section Officers, 2017-19
Harry Rhea, Chair
Vespa Markovic, Vice Chair
Patricia Dahl, Secretary
John Cencich, Immediate Past Chair
Vacant, Executive Counselor
Marlyn Jones, Executive Counselor
Stefan Schumann, Executive Counselor
Yuliya Zabelina, Executive Counselor
Past International Section Chairs
John Cencich, 2015-2017
Jay Albanese, 2013-15
Sanja Kutnjak Ivkovich, 2011-13
Hedi Nasheri, 2009-11
John Winterdyk, 2007-09
Phil Reichel, 2005-07
Harry Dammer, 2003-05
Maximilian Edelbacher, 2001-03
Ian McKenzie, 1994-2001
Robert McCormack, 1988-1994
Ming Li, the 2015 Outstanding Graduate Student Paper Award
recipient, with Jay Albanese.
Rosemary Barberet being presented the 2015 International Section Book Award
by Marlyn Jones.
Janice Joseph providing the 2015 update on ACJS activities with the United Nations during
the Annual Awards Luncheon.
ACJS International Section group photo at the 2015 Awards Luncheon.
Dave Whelan, Pete Benekos, Harry Dammer, Alido Merlo, and Jay Albanese in Orlando 2015.
Jay Albanese being recognized for his exceptional service as the outgoing
International Section Chair.
Finn Esbensen, 2012 Mueller Distinguished Scholar Award Winner with Sanja
Kutnjak Ivkovich, ACJS International Section Chair
ACJS representatives to the UN Crime Congress in Salvador, Brazil (2010). The panel
presentation included Rosemary Barberet, Jay Albanese, Janice Joseph, Denise Gosselin,
Phil Reichel, Dave Tushaus and Joanne Katz.
Louise Shelley, 2013 Mueller Award recipient, flanked by Sanja Kutnjak Ivkovich and Freda Adler.
Margaret Shaw (right) receiving the 2014 Mueller Award from Freda Adler.