Criminal justice systems are concerned with ensuring social order, the investigation of crime and the sanctioning and rehabilitation of offenders. They must seek to balance the need to protect the public with the protection of those in conflict with the law. This website provides information from many countries on lessons learned and good practices in ensuring respect for human rights in the criminal justice system. Each section provides background on international law and information on policy, practice and institutions in other countries. New resources will be added as they become available.