The Centre of Criminology (formerly known as the Institute of Criminology) is a research unit linked to the Department of Public Law, Faculty of Law at the University of Cape Town. The Centre aims to initiate, co-ordinate and develop research and extension services in the broad field of criminology, and to promote public interest in all aspects of criminology. Since 2007 the core focus has become that of African Security and Justice.
The African Security and Justice Programme is an African focused and globally engaged theoretically oriented teaching and research programme funded by the South African National Research Foundation (NRF) Chair of Security and Justice as well as other funders. The South African National Research Foundation (NRF) Chair of Security and Justice, a South African Research Chairs Initiative of the Department of Science and Technology and the NRF is hosted by the Law Faculty at the University of Cape Town. Professor Clifford Shearing, Director of the Centre, holds the chair.