The Asian Criminological Society (ACS) 12th Annual Conference, originally scheduled for October 2-5, 2020, has been postponed due to the ongoing COVID-19 epidemic. Whilst we were hopeful that restrictions on international travel to and from Japan would have loosened by October, based on a considered evaluation of the situation in June 2020 this appeared unlikely. Therefore, the ACS Conference will now take place between June 18-21, 2021, which will be held at Ryukoku University in Kyoto, Japan.

New conference registration and abstract submissions will be accepted from January 15, 2021. The deadlines for these submissions are as follows:

February 15, 2021: Abstract submission deadline
April 10, 2021: Conference registration (early bird)
May 14, 2021: Conference registration (general)

Separately, the Conference Bursary Competition remains open with the deadline for applications extended until January 14, 2021.

Recipients of a conference bursary will be notified at the beginning of February and the Conference Program will be announced in late March.

In addition, given the widespread impact of COVID-19, the revised schedule of the conference provides a timely opportunity to discuss its criminological ramifications. As such, we have created a specialist theme of ‘COVID-19 and Criminology’ and we are particularly welcoming of submissions which examine the conference theme in respect of the ‘Corona age’ and possibilities for criminology in the post-Corona society.

In hosting the 12th Annual ACS Conference, the Conference Organizers – Ryukoku University - will be taking appropriate measures to ensure the safety of participants and minimize the risks posed by COVID-19. Please continue to check this website for further announcements and details.

We look forward to hosting the 12th Annual ACS Conference and welcoming you to Ryukoku University in June 2021.

Warmest regards,

Prof. Dr. ISHIZUKA, Shin-ichi
Ryukoku University, Kyoto

Update: July 15, 2020

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We started Abstract Submission!
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Announcement of indicative program
Official website is launched

Important Dates

2020.04.30 ->> June 15 ->> June 30 ->> Update information will be announced in early-July.
Conference Bursary Competition Submission Deadline
2020.05.31 ->> June 15, 2020 or later >> Update information will be announced in early-July.
Abstract Submission Deadline
Online Registration Deadline

General Information

Welcome Message

12th Annual Conference of the Asian Criminological Society (ACS)
Ryukoku University, Kyoto, Japan
18-21 June 2021

"Crime and Punishment under Asian Cultures: Tradition and Innovation in Criminology"

Perhaps nowhere is more symbolic of the dual existence of 'tradition and innovation' than that of the 2020 ACS Conference host country Japan, which whilst being world-leaders in innovative technologies, simultaneously continues to retain and reproduce a rich cultural identity.
Understanding how these two facets manifest in crime and punishment, and the pressures and opportunities that they give rise to, is a key challenge for criminology in Asia and beyond and forms the central theme for this year's annual conference. On behalf of the Asian Criminological Society and the Local Organizing Committee, we cordially invite you to Kyoto, the cultural heart of Japan, to participate in the ACS 2020 Conference, "Crime and Punishment under Asian Cultures: Tradition and Innovation in Criminology".

Prof. Dr. ISHIZUKA, Shin-ichi
Ryukoku University, Kyoto

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