About Criminal Justice Law International
"I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice."
- Abraham Lincoln
Our vision is to grow this site into the largest resource for criminal justice students and professionals, to become a central location for anything needed by those working in the system worldwide.
Justice is NOT just an American concept.
Justice, social justice, and criminal justice impact everyone on the planet. As the world becomes more globalized, more interconnected via technology and transportation, a need arises to alter the old ways of approaching criminals and crime control.
We hope to be a positive influence on these changes. It cannot be denied that the American way of seeking justice for criminals is promoted at the highest levels of government worldwide. This is globalization. Globalization started more than a century ago as a means of expanding Western ideals. These include the Western notions of law and justice.
Is this to say that the way the United States seeks justice is the best?
Some would say yes, the system implemented by the Founding Fathers of the United States is the best devised. But there is always room for improvement.
We believe that globalization of law and criminal justice can bring the best minds of planet earth together to improve the systems everywhere. To this end, we take an international view.
We consider how globalization is impacting criminal justice and law worldwide. Criminals today operate without borders, but law enforcement must adhere to strict jurisdictional lines. This reality creates an enormous challenge to those tasked with stopping crime. Criminal Justice Law International hopes to provide the tools needed for future leaders to pursue improved globalization of crime prevention.
About the Criminal Justice System
Any criminal justice system is based on law. Law cannot be separated from criminal justice. Law is the foundation for crime – if no law exists, no crime is committed.
For this reason, core to Criminal Justice Law International is the study of crime. In the Crime Section of this website readers will find a growing body of information related to the study of global, national, state, and local crime. We are adding crime data, charts, and graphs designed to help students of criminal justice create better presentations and enhance research efforts.
There are essays, criminal studies, and a section devoted to organized crime. Legal systems from one country to the next differ. However, regardless of the system all have some common elements. Furthermore, the vast array of legal systems can be condensed into three. These are:
Some may take exception to condensing legal systems around the world into these three, but the reason we do so at Criminal Justice Law International is because doing so helps people find common ground.
Only by finding common ground can the nations of the world unite and forge the bonds needed to fight criminal organizations which are not limited by borders. A brief explanation is provided here. To learn more, read Global Assessment: How Does the World View Crime and Justice?
Civil Law Codes
Civil law codes are those codified into law by some ruling body. Civil law codes are the most common legal systems worldwide, but are often used in conjunction with other forms of law.
Common law is any set of laws which are founded on traditions. These could consist of legal precedent as with English Common Law or local traditions, tribal laws, or customs. These laws change and adapt over time as society changes, which makes them the most malleable of the legal systems used worldwide.
Religious law is any law provided through the teachings of a religion. Examples are Canon Law (Catholic), Talmudic Law (Jewish), and Islamic Law (Muslim). Rather than segregate legal systems which adhere to some degree to some specific religion, is it better to recognize that the system is a form of religious law. This allows nations applying such laws to see what they hold in common rather than focus on how they differ.
Justice Adapted to the 21st Century
The world today belongs to those studying the ways of law and order – to those who will lead this rapidly changing world into the future. We stand at the start of the 21st Century, but now is the time to begin thinking about the world of the 22nd Century.
The changes of the last century rapidly altered the course of human history and justice. Worldwide, more women are entering law enforcement and the military than ever before, the internet is completely altering the world and political unrest appears at an all-time high.
The rest of this century will bring even more drastic changes and we must be ready. Exciting times lay ahead for those who will lead the creation of law and the exercise of criminal justice. Our mission is to be a positive part of that.
To help, we have an ever-growing section dedicated to Careers in Criminal Justice and Law, whether someone seeks field work, support work, or intellectual pursuits.
In the Careers Section, readers will also find a listing of Universities in the United States which offer Criminal Justice and Law curriculums and we have plans to expand that to global resources.
We are actively seeking pages from every college or university so be sure to let someone at yours know — we would love to provide them a page to showcase their degree programs here.
More women than ever are pursuing law enforcement, corrections and the legal profession, rapidly changing the literal face of criminal justice worldwide.
Globalization, Criminal Justice, Law, and Nations
As the world moves towards globalization, criminal justice organizations and law-makers are going to have to understand the common ground that ties one nation to another. Only by finding common ground will the nations of the world transcend national and local politics to blend jurisdictions.
Only with blended jurisdictions, by creating justice systems capable of taking justice to the criminals regardless of location, can the nations deliver justice worldwide. Jurisdictions create invisible lines which law enforcement cannot cross; crime continues to grow because criminal organizations ignore borders.
The limits of criminal justice organizations to pursue criminal groups across national boundaries helps these groups grow. The growth of international crime syndicates causes a reduction of justice to those who are law-abiding.
Boundaries are permitting anarchy to take hold and anarchy cannot result in justice; only oppression by the forceful. Students of criminal justice and law need to take a simplified look at the economic and governmental systems around the world.
Common ground as it relates to law and the cause of justice can be found, but only by taking a simpler, more direct route to understanding one another. Globalization and its effect on criminal justice and legal systems is considered in the Philosophy Section of this website.
Criminal Justice Law International…Because Global Justice Doesn’t Just Happen
For justice to flourish, it must be provided with the proper nutrients. Just as a plant needs food, water, sunlight, pruning, and other attention, justice must be tended to regularly. Students of today are those who will tomorrow tend to the garden of justice.
Weeds grow fine in an anarchy. Useful plants need a controlled environment including rich soil and careful attention. Justice is not a weed. Rather, it is more like a bonsai. It must be pruned, watered, and cared for. It must be tended to, shaped, and given the right direction. If handled right, justice is beautiful, just like a bonsai. Left untreated, justice is ugly, like a diseased tree left to the ravages of nature.
Yet, justice is not a US thing, not a UK thing, not a Russian thing, not a Chinese thing, not a Nigerian thing, not a…you get the point. Justice is something which impacts the ENTIRE WORLD.
And as the world becomes more interconnected, injustice in one place rapidly causes injustice in another.
One nation that ignores the efforts by organized crime groups to traffic people through their lands helps the coffers of the group increase. They are then able to increase their efforts in other lands, causing increased pain and misery to millions they otherwise could not.
Some politician ignores certain container shipments through their ports. Years later, local fisheries are suffering because the shipments were toxic chemicals dumped off the coast in violation of international law.
Another nation engages in a drug war. It strong-arms others to join. People who have been growing and processing plants in their lands for thousands of years suddenly face prison and death for simply trying to support their families.
Who is right? Which nation is acting justly? There are no easy solutions, but we all have a responsibility to try finding the answers to growing problems such as these.
Issues Impacting Criminal Justice and Law
There are no shortages of issues which must be dealt with internationally if criminal justice and law are to be globally effective.
Justice is the handling of these issues in a way that is best for all involved and acceptable to people everywhere.
Justice is ensuring that people everywhere are treated fairly and rightly.
Justice is making sure equal rights and access to economic prosperity is provided globally for all.
In the Issues Section of this website we present discussions of problems facing criminal justice and legal professionals. Some are issues in the U.S. Some are issues elsewhere. All are issues which must be effectively handled if criminal justice is to become globalized.
Global Justice does not Just Happen.
It takes effort. It takes work. It takes caring. It takes Criminal Justice Law International. Won’t you join us?
Bookmark this site and return often. We are completely rebuilding this site to make it better for research and reference no matter where you live.
As we continue to make changes to this site, this SiteMap will update often to better help you navigate.
And always remember: Justice does not simply happen.
To make the world a more just place in for all, we must get involved. This includes helping out if able.
Would You Like to Help Make an Impact?
Many of our readers have expressed a desire to help out. Some help with editorials, some with reference pages, others with monetary contributions. If you would like to help out in any way, your assistance is most appreciated.
The efforts of law enforcement and other criminal justice organizations are no longer local, nor even simply national.
Police often rely on the aid and cooperation of global partners to locate and apprehend suspects of crime.
Correctional facilities often house foreign nationals.
Even law makers must take into consideration how efforts to stem criminal activities within their own borders impacts neighboring nations.
Finally, criminal enterprises do not respect borders. Their activities are often global, using international supply chains to achieve their illicit gains.
There is simply no getting away from the fact that borders mean less each year...that the criminal justice system must adopt a more globalized approach if it is to accomplish its mission.