The Siracusa International Institute for Criminal Justice and Human Rights (SII) is an Italian not-for-profit foundation (ONLUS) acknowledged by a Decree of the President of the Republic of Italy, 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 a Decree Law of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. For over 40 years, the Siracusa Institute has been a major contributor to the development of more effective criminal justice systems worldwide, and in the strengthening of respect for human rights and the Rule of Law.
Established in Siracusa (Italy) on September 1972 by the International Association of Penal Law (AIDP/IAPL), it enjoys consultative status with the United Nations. The Siracusa Institute has also a special cooperation agreement with the United Nations Office in Vienna (UNOV), and it is one of the organizations comprising the United Nations Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Programme Network. In general, the Institute supports the development of the United Nations standards and norms in the field of international criminal justice and human rights.
Many of the Siracusa Institute's projects have been implemented in collaboration with UNODC and/or other PNI members.