Code of Ethics

The code of ethics or ethos of the Association aims at providing a framework of standards for practicing the science of criminology.  Specifically, it aims at guiding our members with regards to activities, research and generally all works carried out within the framework of the practice of the science of criminology.


Primarily, it should be pointed out that the basic purpose of the work carried out by the members of the Association is to pursue scientific truth.   This must be carried out with full respect for the dignity, the physical and mental integrity and the rights – including the intellectual property rights – of the persons with whom our Association members communicate or come in contact with, within the framework of any research or other professional activity.  Therefore, members should have adequate, academic knowledge and tertiary level qualifications in the field of criminology, as well as a sense of responsibility in carrying out their work, particularly when there is a possibility that their actions can cause harm to a person, group or community.


Members must have and be able to demonstrate integrity of character and such impartiality that is not affected by any factor and pressures whether these come from the mass media or from individuals and organized groups.  Additionally, they should respect the particularities of persons and organised bodies and not express their own political, religious, racial or other beliefs. In this context of impartiality, the falsification and the deliberate partial interpretation and / or the presentation of their research data or of that of others is prohibited.


Members should demonstrate a spirit of cooperation with other scientists of the same or related field, with collaborating institutions and bodies as well as with individuals and / or groups of persons under study.  At the same time, members should aim at the development and expansion of knowledge within the field of criminology, at undertaking initiatives for the systematic dissemination of knowledge as well as the promotion and consolidation of the science and the profession of criminology.  Moreover, members should contribute to the enrichment of web sites with research articles, informing thus the scientific and student community.


Furthermore, members should recognize the professional, research or published work of others in the field and avoid the exploitation of younger colleagues.