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The Criminal Law Research Group (CLRG) does criminal-justice related drafting and policy work for governments, government agencies, and non-governmental organizations.

The expertise and experience of its Director, Paul H. Robinson, the Colin S. Diver Professor of Law, and the talent and energy of the exceptional students who are selected to membership in the Group, allow the CLRG to produce authoritative and functional solutions to criminal-justice related policy problems world-wide.

While its special expertise is in drafting modern criminal codes and sentencing guidelines appropriate for a country or state, it also has done work in producing rules of criminal procedure and prosecution guidelines, as well as policy advice on a wide-variety of criminal justice issues.

Recent CLRG projects

  • A joint project with the US Military’s Special Operations Command Pacific (SOCPAC) to use domestic criminal law statutes to interdict foreign terrorist fighters on their way to or from Islamic State forces (more information)
  • A study of offense grading in Pennsylvania commissioned by the Pennsylvania Legislature’s Senate Judiciary Committee and Assembly Judiciary Committee [more information]
  • A study of offense grading in New Jersey [more information]
  • A study of general defenses in all 52 American jurisdictions, with a statutory formulation of each defense that reflects the majority American view, resulting in a scholarly article published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Legal Analysis [more Information]
  • Criminal law drafting for the Irish Criminal Law Codification Advisory Committee [more information]
  • Drafting a new criminal code based upon the principles of Shari’a (Islamic Law), for the Republic of the Maldives, commissioned by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) [more information
  • Advice on criminal law codification for the State of Kansas [more information
  • Criminal justice policy work for the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency [more information

You can learn more about the history of the Criminal Law Research Group.

Students interested in joining the CLRG should view our presentation [html] [powerpoint] and email Professor Robinson for more information.