The International Institute of Higher Studies in Criminal Sciences (ISISC) is an Italian not-for-profit foundation (ONLUS) acknowledged by a Decree of the President of the Republic of Italy of 16 May 1980, dedicated to education, training and research in the fields of international and comparative criminal justice and human rights. It is also a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) recognized by Decree Law of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs no. 2006/337/002324/1 of 31/05/2006.
Established in Siracusa (Italy) on September 1972 by the International Association of Penal Law, in cooperation with the City, Province, and Chamber of Commerce of Siracusa (subsequently, a Convention was entered into with the Sicilian Region), the Institute enjoys special consultative status with the United Nations and the Council of Europe. In 1992, ISISC signed a special cooperation agreement with the United Nations Office in Vienna and became one of the eighteen organizations comprising the United Nations Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Programme Network. The Network supports the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in strengthening international cooperation in criminal matters.
Throughout its history, ISISC has organized over 550 conferences, training and educational seminars and meetings of experts. These activities have resulted in 148 published volumes of scholarly and scientific research, as well as conference proceedings relating to international criminal justice, comparative criminal law, human rights and country-specific issues of criminal law and procedure..