International Society for the Study of Drug Policy Conference 2010

Fourth Annual Conference of the ISSDP

Date March 15-16, 2010
Location RAND Corporation Headquarters Campus
1776 Main Street, Santa Monica, California
Organizers International Society for the Study of Drug Policy
RAND Drug Policy Research Center
UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Program
Registration Online registration closed on March 8, 2010. On-site registration will be available at the conference.


The theme of the conference is "The Future of Drug Policy: Trends in Policy, Research to Practice and Practices that Should Be Researched." This is the first ISSDP Annual Conference held outside of Europe. This conference should be of interest to policymakers, practitioners, and academics from a wide array of disciplines who are engaged in policy analyses pertaining to drug markets, the harms caused by both the supply of and demand for drugs, and the intended and unintended consequences of drug policy.

Featured Speakers

Antonio Maria Costa, Executive Director, United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (confirmed)

Keith Humphreys, Senior Policy Advisor to the Deputy Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, USA (confirmed)

María Elena Medina-Mora, General Director, National Institute of Psychiatry, Mexico; and former member, International Narcotics Control Board (confirmed)

Dr. Zunyou Wu, Director, National Center for AIDS/STD Control and Prevention, Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (confirmed)


Information for Conference Participants and Presenters

All presenters shall submit a written paper prior to the conference. Papers are due on February 19, 2010. Papers will be posted to a conference section on the ISSDP Web site accessible only to registered conference participants.

The working language of the conference is English. We are unable to provide translation services.

Rooms at several hotels within walking distance from RAND's headquarters campus are available at a reduced rate for conference participants. Click here for more information.

Maps and directions to Santa Monica and the RAND headquarters campus, and information about the surrounding area, are available here.

Scholarships and Financial Assistance

The ISSDP is offering conference support to doctoral students and participants from developing countries. The recipients of ISSDP scholarships for the 4th Annual Conference are:

Asmin Fransiska
Owen Gallupe
Jelica Grbic
Tongyai Iyavarakul
Sudirman Nasir
Bohdan Nosyk

Call for Papers and Panel Proposals

The deadline for submitting paper abstracts and panel proposals was October 21, 2009; we are unable to accept additional submissions.

Additional Workshops

Following the conclusion of the conference, participants are invited to participate in two additional workshops held on March 17. Participation in these workshops is limited to conference participants. Questions regarding these additional workshops should be addressed to the workshop organizers identified at the links below:


Through February 15, the early-bird registration fee is $200US for members of ISSDP and $250US for non-members. After February 15, the fee will increase to $250US for members of ISSDP and to $300US for non-members. Online, pre-conference registration will end March 7. After March 7, only on-site registration will be available.

An additional fee of $20US is required to attend each post-conference workshop held on March 17, 2010.

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Program Committee

Inquiries about abstracts and proposed sessions can be directed to any of the following program committee members:

Rosalie Liccardo Pacula (Chair), RAND Drug Policy Research Center, USA (

Cláudia Costa Storti, European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction, Portugal (

Jean-Michel Costes, French Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction, France (

Benedikt Fischer, Simon Fraser University, Canada (

Christine Grella, UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Program, USA (

Wayne Hall, University of Queensland, Australia (

Beau Kilmer, RAND Drug Policy Research Center, USA (

Daniel Mejía Londoño, Universidad de los Andes, Colombia (

Alex Stevens, University of Kent, United Kingdom (

Tomas Zabransky, Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic (