Irvin Waller is emeritus professor of criminology at the University of Ottawa and popular public speaker in English, French or Spanish. Over his long tenure, he has inspired generations to work for upstream prevention of crime. In addition to his teaching career, Waller also has traveled the world to over fifty countries over fifty years giving keynote speeches and consulting with governments, NGOs, and international agencies on using science and reason to end violent crime. Some of his many consultancies include the World Health Organization, Inter-American Development Bank, and the World Bank.
Among Waller’s too-numerous-to-name international accolades are awards for his role in pioneering the United Nations’ Victim Magna Carta, which has influenced the International Criminal Court and changed crime policy from Japan to Mexico. He also has received recognition from governments in Europe, North America, and Mexico for his contributions in shifting the world agenda to embrace prevention. A respected authority on victim support and rights, Waller has played key roles in establishing and leading the World Society of Victimology and the International Organization for Victim Assistance. In addition, he has been a member of numerous national and international commissions and task forces focused on safety and security around the world. Among them is South Africa’s Task Force on Safety and Security during the Mandela administration. Waller also is the author of three influential books including Less Law, More Order; Rights for Victims of Crimes; and Smarter Crime Control. Each of these shares in simple language the solid violence prevention science of effective solutions and best practices to support justice for victims. His next book on Secrets and Science of Ending Violent Crime is expected early 2019. His books are in multiple languages, including Chinese and Spanish.
A native of England with degrees from the University of Cambridge in economics and criminology, Wa