by Laurent MUCCHIELLI – february 2009


That anniversary is special enough to merit an instalment of Penal Issues, with a presentation of the team, the main research themes, the structures within which our international collaboration is developed, and the documentary resource centre, all in their present-day form.


The CESDIP, simultaneously a Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) research centre and a research department of the Ministry of Justice, is part of the University of Versailles-Saint-Quentin since January 1, 2006. Its name, CESDIP, dates back to 1983, but its history is much longer. In its earlier form, the Service d’Études Pénales et Criminologiques (SEPC), it actually was officially created, within the Ministry of Justice, at the very end of 1968. That was just over 40 years ago, then.


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