From the President of the World Society of Victimology


Dear Victimologists:

I take great pride in inviting you to the 13th World Society of Victimology International Symposium on Victimology, to be held in Mito, Japan, in partnership with Tokiwa University. The prospect of announcing this event is both exciting and gratifying. It is exciting because I am aware of the great variety and high quality of speakers who will participate in the symposium; and, it is gratifying because after an enormous amount of planning and hard work by the professors and staff of Tokiwa University, a truly unique and professional symposium has been created.

The theme of the symposium is "Victimology and Human Security." A wealth of new victimological research findings, the expanse of new areas of victimization, and the richness of the best practices in victim assistance will all be addressed at this gathering of the world's victimologists. In addition to participants from Asia and the neighboring region of Oceania, we expect a large number of victimologists from the Middle East, Europe, Africa, and the Americas to also take part in this exciting event. We hope to encourage the participation of all countries in the world, regardless of economic status. For those persons who may have difficulty attending because of the costs involved, special discount rates have been identified based on UN criteria.

Mark your calendars, register early, and make your airline reservations now for August 23 through 28, 2009! Also, bring a friend, your spouse, or your students, and enjoy Japanese culture prior to and after the symposium. Wonderful sightseeing options will be suggested by our symposium staff. In addition, the World Society of Victimology's traditional Asian Postgraduate Course, co-hosted by the Tokiwa International Victimology Institute, will be held in tandem with the symposium.

I am looking forward to sharing a stimulating time with you in Mito.

Yours Sincerely,


John P. J. Dussich
World Society of Victimology



From the Chairperson of Tokiwa University

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

As Chairperson of Tokiwa University, it gives me great pleasure to invite you to the 13th World Society of Victimology International Symposium on Victimology to be held on our beautiful campus in Mito, Ibaraki, Japan, from August 23 through 28, 2009.

It is a great honor to host this symposium at Tokiwa University, which, through the Tokiwa International Victimology Institute (TIVI), has continuously contributed to the advancement of the field of victimology, and currently serves as one of the leading Victimological research centers in Asia. As with past symposia, our symposium will serve as a gathering place at which researchers and practitioners from all corners of the globe can come together to present and discuss the latest research and practices in the field of Victimology.

We live in uncertain times in a rapidly changing world, and the need for personal security is greater than ever. For this reason, the theme of the 2009 Symposium is "Victimology and Human Security." Experts from around the world will be present to analyze this theme and related sub-themes through a series of plenary sessions and presentations during the symposium.

Of course, we also encourage participants and their guests to take advantage of this unique opportunity to experience the sights and culture of the uniquely beautiful country of Japan. Both prior to and following the symposium, participants will have the opportunity to take tours visiting the most beautiful and historically significant sites we have to offer.

Again, we would like to extend our warmest invitation for you to join us here in Mito in 2009. We will make the utmost effort to make this event a valuable experience you will carry with you for a lifetime.

Yours Sincerely,


Hidemichi Morosawa
Incorporated Educational Institution Tokiwa University