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Simon Sneddon, University of Nothampton,; Mary Young, University of the West of England,

We invite applicants to submit their high-quality papers for the Organised Crime stream.

Organised crime is a socio-political construct that emerged on government agendas in the 1990s and is established as a national, regional and international security threat, which undermines States sovereignty. Activities associated with organised crimes are many and varied and include (but are not limited to), the trafficking of commodities such as drugs, wildlife, organs and human beings. The perpetrators of organised crimes are also many and varied. They can be producers, refiners, distributors, importers, exporters, wholesalers, retailers, pushers, financiers and enforcers; some of whom have ‘upper world’ allies such as corrupt police officers, politicians, customs officials, judges or bankers. Organised crimes at the transnational level continue to evolve and respond to opportunities resulting from globalisation and technological advances. Local, regional, national and international law enforcement efforts are therefore continuously challenged.

An Interdisciplinary Workshop:

The stream aims to bring together a wide range of academics from various disciplines including law, history, criminology, politics and sociology to discuss transnational organized crime in a holistic manner.

The overriding aim of the stream is to explore the concepts and trends which characterise organised crime at all levels. We expect papers that raise clear and crisp socio-legal questions concerning transnational and organised crime and offer concrete, innovative solutions to the problems.

Submissions will be peer reviewed by the stream convenors. The successful authors of the selected papers will then be contacted and invited to present at the conference.

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