About the Meeting

The G8 Justice and Home Affairs Ministerial Meeting is a forum where the G8 (Japan, Italy, Canada, France, USA, UK, Russia, Germany) Ministers responsible for justice and home affairs, the EU Commissioner for Justice, Freedom and Security, and the Secretary-General of the International Criminal Police Organization (ICPO) are able to meet and discuss matters of common interest.
The first meeting was held in Washington DC in 1997 with a view to intensifying efforts to counter transnational organized crime. Since the multiple terrorist acts in the United States in 2001, the meeting has been held every year with counter-terrorism being added to the main topics of discussion.
The main themes of the meetings are combating transnational organized crime and counter-terrorism. The 2007 Meeting of G8 Justice and Home Affairs Ministers was held in Munich, Germany. Key topics included counter-terrorism, enforcing intellectual property rights, the fight against sexual exploitation of children, integration of immigrants, and Afghanistan counter narcotics.
The 2008 G8 Justice and Home Affairs Ministerial Meeting will be held from June 11 (Wed) to June 13 (Fri) in Tokyo and will be jointly chaired by the Minister of Justice and the Chairperson of the National Public Safety Commission. This is the first opportunity for Japan to host the Meeting, which will be jointly organized by the National Police Agency and the Ministry of Justice.

2007 Meeting in Munich, Germany

2007 Meeting in Munich, Germany
Photos courtesy of the German Federal Ministry of Interior.
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