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The European Sourcebook Group is a group of experts that produces on a regular basis the European Sourcebook of Crime and Criminal Justice Statistics.

The first European Sourcebook project started in 1996. In that year the Council of Europe established a committee to prepare a compendium of crime and criminal justice data for its member states. Information was collected from 36 European countries covering the period 1990 to 1996. It included both statistical data and information on the statistical rules and the definitions behind these figures. This resulted in the publication by the Council of Europe of the first European Sourcebook in 1999. Also a 'Key Findings' bulletin was published in 2000 and an issue of the European Journal on Criminal Policy and Research (Vol. 8, No. 1, 2000) was mainly devoted on some results of the Sourcebook data.

A second European Sourcebook project sponsored by the governments of Switzerland, United Kingdom and the Netherlands was completed and the findings were published in December 2003 by the Dutch WODC in their publications series (nr. 212). The publication reports on criminal justice data for 40 European countries covering the period 1995 - 2000. A special double issue of the European Journal on Criminal Policy and Research (Vol. 10, Nos. 2-3, 2004) was devoted to the results of the Sourcebook data.

In June 2006 the third edition, sponsored by France, the Netherlands, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, was published again in the WODC publication series (nr. 241). This edition is a limited one: not all tables were updated. It covers the years 2000 - 2003 for 37 countries.

The fourth edition, covering the years 2003-2007, will be published in 2009. It will be a full edition, with the addition of some new crime types.

All editions of the European Sourcebook are available in the group's Webpage:
http://www3.unil.ch/wpmu/europeansourcebook/

The European Sourcebook Group became an ESC Working Group at the end of 2008. The current members of the group are:

Martin KILLIAS, University of Zurich, Switzerland (Chairman)
Marcelo AEBI, University of Lausanne, Switzerland
Bruno AUBUSSON DE CAVARLAY, CESDIP / CNRS, France
Gordon BARCLAY, Home Office, United Kingdon
Beata GRUSZCZYNSKA, Institute of Justice, Poland
Stefan HARRENDORF, Georg-August-Universität, Germany
Markku HEISKANEN, HEUNI, Finland
Vasilika HYSI, University of Tirana, Albania
Jörg-Martin JEHLE, Georg-August-Universität, Germany
Ernesto SAVONA, Transcrime, Italy
Olena SHOSTKO, Yaroslav Mudry National Law Academy, Ukraine
Paul SMIT, Ministry of Justice, The Netherlands
Rannveig THORISDOTTIR, The Reykjavik Metropolitan Police, Iceland