Minister Wilson-Raybould reaffirms Canada’s commitment to justice reform at the United Nations

News release

May 15, 2018 – Vienna, Austria - Department of Justice Canada

Canada is a leading voice on criminal justice reform, and on building a system that is more just, compassionate and fair.

This week, the Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, addressed the 27th Annual Session of the United Nations Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ). The Minister was head of the Canadian Delegation and spoke on behalf of Canada to over one thousand international dignitaries. Her remarks were also broadcast by the United Nations.

Minister Wilson-Raybould spoke about the need for more efficient and fair criminal justice systems, and the challenges in fighting cybercrime both at the domestic and international levels. She also presented on the role that restorative justice efforts play in building a more effective criminal justice system. 

While in Austria, Minister Wilson-Raybould met with the Minister of Constitution, Reforms, Deregulation and Justice, Mr. Josef Moser, to discuss matters of mutual interest, including criminal law reform, restorative justice, and combatting hate propaganda.


“I was pleased to lead the Canadian Delegation and to highlight Canada’s pledge to transform our criminal justice system to better protect vulnerable and marginalized communities, meet the needs of victims, and keep Canadians safe. I appreciated the opportunity to share our perspective on restorative justice and the growing role it plays in Canada’s criminal justice system, as well as how it assists in our efforts to renew our relationship with Indigenous peoples.”

The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, P.C. Q.C., M.P.
Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada

Quick facts

  • Canada is a founding member of the CCPCJ and has been an active participant for all 27 sessions.
  • In July 2002, the United Nations Economic and Social Council adopted the Basic Principles on the use of restorative justice programs in criminal matters which was aimed at guiding Member States on restorative justice policy and practice. Canada played a key role in developing these principles, and continues to share its experiences and expertise at the international level.

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