John Jay College of Criminal Justice has been steadily building its reputation as an institution of international consequence. The most recent evidence of its growing global reach is another overseas academic partnership that grew out of the John Jay’s Tenth Biennial International Conference. Held at the College in June, more than 300 scholars, practitioners, government leaders, justice advocates and others from over two dozen countries came to John Jay’s newly expanded campus to discuss the latest “Global Perspectives on Justice, Security and Human Rights.”

At the close of the four-day conference on June 9, President Travis signed Memorandums of Understanding with President Cheng Lin of China’s Public Security University and Dean Zhao Binzhi of Beijing Normal University. The agreements spell out the terms and expectations for five years of future collaborations, such as translation of scholarly books, student exchanges, faculty research collaboration and regular conferences.

China had a visible presence at the conference, with a 15-member delegation of academics and practitioners who presented papers and exchanged research and teaching ideas with their John Jay colleagues.

While the success of the conference offered compelling testimony as to John Jay’s global impact, that’s just one part of the picture, said President Jeremy Travis. “Our faculty are conducting research in countries all around the world,” he said. “Our students trace their lineage to well over 130 countries and bring that diversity of cultures, faith, traditions, languages and history into our classrooms. The College has dozens of institutional partnerships, some very recent and some longstanding, with universities, governments and NGOs around the world. And, to be sure, there is wide-ranging interest by the international community to come here.”Past international partnerships conducted by the College include a training program for the Dominican Republic national police, the Policing Across Borders initiative in the Balkans spearheaded by the Center on International Human Rights, and a recently signed agreement between John Jay and the National Academy of Prosecutors of Ukraine.

John Jay’s palette of international activity also includes month-long study abroad programs conducted by full-time faculty members in countries such as Korea, Greece, Italy and the Dominican Republic. In addition, for nearly a decade John Jay students have participated in the prestigious International Study Program in Salzburg, Austria, during their spring break.

The academic anchors for the College’s global focus are two popular and highly regarded courses of study: the Bachelor of Arts in International Criminal Justice, coordinated by Professor Peter Romaniuk of the Department of Political Science, and the Master of Arts in International Crime and Justice, under the direction of Professor Rosemary Barberet of the Department of Sociology.

Since the Biennial International Conference series began in 1992, the gatherings have been held in St. Petersburg, Russia; Dublin, Ireland; London; Budapest, Hungary; Bologna, Italy; Bucharest, Romania; San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Marrakesh, Morocco.

“The issues of justice are universal and the responses to crime, injustice and human rights issues are complex,” said President Travis. “We live in a global era, one in which we need to consider the view outward and the influences inward.”

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