IDPC and the Transnational Institute (TNI) are collaborating through a European Commission "Specific Transnational Project" grant. The overall objective of this two-year long project is :
- to enhance the understanding of challenges in international drug control policy in order to anticipate new developments and opportunities; and
- to identify priorities for action, by relating drug control policy closely to regional societal needs, as a means to inform public policy, policy development and future research priorities.
These objectives will be met through a series of expert seminars and informal drug policy dialogues. The project also involves the publication of a number of briefing papers on drug policy reform.
This project is conceived as an in-depth and trans-disciplinary inquiry on the factors and tendencies likely to shape drug control strategies in the coming years, particularly around the 50th anniversary of the 1961 UN Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs and the 100th anniversary of the first international treaty on drug control, the 1912 Hague Convention.
Seminars and dialogues:
- In January 2011, the first seminar in the series was held in Lisbon, Portugal, on quantity thresholds. The event was co-hosted by the European Monitoring Centre on Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA). Read the report of the meeting.
- In May 2011, IDPC organised a second expert seminar on proportionality in sentencing for drug-related offences, in collaboration with the UK Sentencing Council. Read the report of the meeting.
- In October 2011, IDPC and TNI organised a third expert seminar on mild plant stimulants. Read the report of the meeting.
- In January 2012, IDPC and TNI organised a fourth expert seminar on UN drug convention reform. The report of the meeting will soon be available on the IDPC website.
- In March 2012, IDPC and TNI organised a Side Event at the 55th Session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs on the future of the UN drug conventions.
- Conviction by numbers: Threshold quantities for drug policy
- ‘Legal highs’: The challenge of new psychoactive substances
- The UN drug control conventions: The limits of latitude
- Towards a revision of the UN drug control conventions: The logic and dilemmas of like-minded groups