At a glance

Set up in 1958, the European Committee on Crime Problems (CDPC) was entrusted by the Committee of Ministers the responsibility for overseeing and coordinating the Council of Europe’s activities in the field of crime prevention and crime control. The CDPC meets at the headquarters of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg (France).

The CDPC identifies priorities for intergovernmental legal co-operation, makes proposals to the Committee of Ministers on activities in the fields of criminal law and procedure, criminology and penology, and implements these activities.

The CDPC elaborates conventions, recommendations and reports. It organises criminological research conferences and criminological colloquia, conferences of directors of prison administration.

Artificial Intelligence and Criminal Law

Technological developments are rapidly evolving in the 21st century and especially in the newly developed sector of Artificial Intelligence.

The Council of Europe considers the Artificial Intelligence (AI) regulation as one of its priorities in order to find a fair balance between the benefits of technological progress and the protection of our fundamental values.

  • 1st meeting of the Working Group of Experts, 27 March 2019

Working paper
Working paper II
Work plan
Report of the meeting and the list of experts
Questionnaire sent to all CDPC Delegations

  • Thematic Session, 28 November 2018

The Thematic Session on artificial intelligence and criminal law responsibility focused on the importance of a meaningful approach in legal systems across Europe to deal with this challenge.

Concept Paper
Final remarks


High-level Conference on Prison Overcrowding

A high-level Conference on prison overcrowding on the theme of 'Response to prison overcrowding' will take place in Strasbourg on 24 and 25 April 2019. The aim of the Conference is to bring together judges, prosecutors and representatives of the Ministries of Justice of all European countries in order to discuss the recurring problem of prison overcrowding and the possible practical steps that could to be taken at the different stages of the criminal justice process to overcome it. More information.