The concept of 'transnational crime', from a criminological perspective, originates from the mid-1970s when the United Nations used the term in order to identify certain criminal activities which transcend national jurisdictions. In 1995, the United Nations identified eighteen categories of transnational - and mostly organized - criminality. Transnational crime was then defined as ‘offences whose inception, prevention and/or direct or indirect effects involved more than one country.’ (UN Doc. A.CONF. 169/15/Add.1 (1995)). The crimes listed included, among others, money laundering, terrorist activities, theft of art and cultural objects, theft of intellectual property, illicit arms trafficking, aircraft hijacking, sea piracy, insurance fraud, computer crime, environmental crime, trafficking in persons, trade in human body parts, illicit drug trafficking, fraudulent bankruptcy, infiltration of legal business, corruption and bribery of public or party officials. Transnational crime has spread exponentially with the development of globalization and it is only relatively recent that some progress has been made by states and international organizations in developing measures to combat this type of criminality.
This Guide is intended as a starting point for research in the field on Transnational Crime. It provides the basic legal materials available in the Peace Palace Library, both in print and electronic format. Handbooks, leading articles, bibliographies, periodicals, serial publications and documents of interest are presented in the Selective Bibliography section. Links to the PPL Catalogue are inserted. The Library's classification index code, i.e., 250a and keyword Transnational Crime are instrumental for searching through the Catalogue. Special attention is given to our subscriptions on databases, e-journals, e-books and other electronic resources. Finally, this Research Guide features links to relevant websites and other online resources of particular interest.
- Allum, F., and S. Gilmour (eds.), Routledge Handbook of Transnational Organized Crime, London, Routledge, 2012.
- Beare, M.E. (ed.), Encyclopedia of Transnational Crime & Justice, Thousand Oaks, CA, Sage Publications, 2012.
- Boister, N., An Introduction to Transnational Criminal Law (3rd ed.), Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2012.
- Boister, N., and R.J. Currie (eds.), Routledge Handbook of Transnational Criminal Law, London, Routledge, 2015.
- Kethineni, S. (ed.), Comparative and International Policing, Justice, and Transnational Crime, Durham, Carolina Academic Press, 2010.
- Obokata, T., Transnational Organised Crime in International Law, Oxford, Hart, 2010.
- Paoli, L., The Oxford Handbook of Organized Crime, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2014.
- Reichel, P., and J.S. Albanese (eds.), Handbook of Transnational Crime and Justice (2nd ed.), Thousand Oaks, CA, Sage Publications, 2014.
- Battersby, P., The Unlawful Society: Global Crime and Security in a Complex World, Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.
- Chappell, D., and S. Hufnagel (eds.), Contemporary Perspectives on the Detection, Investigation and Prosecution of Art Crime : Australasian, European and North American Perspectives, Farnham, Surrey, Ashgate, 2014.
- Chayes, S., Thieves of State: Why Corruption Threatens Global Security, New York, NY, W.W. Norton & Company, 2015.
- Clifford, R.D. (ed.), Cybercrime: The Investigation, Prosecution and Defense of a Computer-related Crime, Durham, NC, Carolina Academic Press, 2011.
- Currie, R.J. (et al.), International & Transnational Criminal Law, Toronto, Irwin Law, 2013.
- De Sanctis, F.M., Money Laundering through Art: A Criminal Justice Perspective, Cham, Springer, 2013.
- Eckes, E., and T. Konstadinides (eds.), Crime within the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice: A European Public Order, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2011.
- Faure, M. G., Les Mouvements Transfrontières de Déchets Dangereux, Brussels, Bruylant, 2015.
- Hufnagel, S. (et al.) (eds.), Cross-Border Law Enforcement: Regional Law Enforcement Cooperation : European, Australian and Asia-Pacific Perspectives, Abingdon, Routledge, 2012.
- Jakobi, A.P., Common Goods and Evils?: The Formation of Global Crime Governance, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2013.
- Luban, D. (et al.) (eds.), International and Transnational Criminal law, Austin, TX, Wolters Kluwer Law & Business, 2010.
- Manacorda, S., and D. Chappel (eds.), Crime in the Art and Antiquities World: Illegal Trafficking in Cultural Property, New York, NY, Springer, 2011.
- Mitsilegas, V., Alldridge, P. and Cheliotis, L. (eds.), Globalisation, Criminal Law and Criminal Justice: Theoretical, Comparative and Transnational Perspectives, Oxford, Hart Publishing, 2015.
- Rothe, D. L. and Friedrichs, D. O., Crimes of Globalization, New York, NY, Routledge, 2015.
- Scharf, M. P. (et al.) (eds.), Prosecuting Maritime Piracy: Domestic Solutions to International Crimes, New York, Cambridge University Press, 2015.
- White, R., Transnational Environmental Crime: Toward an Eco-Global Criminology, New York, NY, Routledge, 2011.
- Ahmad, S., and Uzair Iqbal, S. M., “Cyber Crime: A Technological Threat to the Society”, Civil & Military Law Journal on Rule of Law, Military Jurisprudence and Legal Aid, 50 (2014), No. 2, pp. 129-150.
- Boles, J. R., “The Two Faces of Bribery: International Corruption Pathways Meet Conflicting Legislative Regimes”, Michigan Journal of International Law, 35 (2014), No. 3, pp. 673-713.
- Broome, J., “Laundering the Proceeds of Crime: A Global Overview”, in G. Rose (ed.), Following the Proceeds of Environmental Crime, London, Routledge, 2014, pp. 49-70.
- Demetis, D. S., “The Role of Information Systems in the Prevention and Detection of Transnational and International Crime”, in I. Bantekas and E. Mylonaki (eds.), Criminological Approaches to International Criminal Law, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2014, pp. 192-221.
- Geiß, R. and Wisehart, D., “’Concerned with the Health and Welfare of Mankind’: The UN Drug Conventions – A Suitable Legal Framework for the 21st Century?”, Max Planck Yearbook of United Nations Law, 18 (2014), pp. 368-404.
- Giardi, G., “Fighting the European Ecomafia: Organised Trafficking in Waste and the Need for a Criminal Law Response from the EU”, New Journal of European Criminal Law, 6 (2014), No. 2, pp. 229-257.
- Kastner, P. and Mégret, F., “International Legal Dimensions of Cybercrime”, in N. K. Tsagourias and R. Buchan, Research Handbook on International Law and Cyberspace, Cheltenham, Edward Elgar Publishing, 2015, pp. 190-207.
- Matiasek, H., and T. Pankratz, "Developing a Comprehensive Understanding of Transnational Organized Crime by Applying a Constructivist Approach", in J. Schröfl (et al.) (eds.), Hybrid and Cyber War as Consequences of the Asymmetry, Frankfurt am Main, Lang, 2011, pp. 225-246.
- Militello, V., “Transnational Organized Crime and European Union: Aspects and Problems”, in S. Ruggeri (ed.), Human Rights in European Criminal Law: New Developments in European Legislation and Case Law after the Lisbon Treaty, Cham, Springer, 2015, pp. 201-214.
- Occhipinti, J. D., “Transnational Criminality”, in J. Sperling (ed.), Handbook of Governance and Security, Cheltenham, Edward Elgar, 2014, pp. 427-451.
- Petrig, A., “Piracy”, in D. R. Rothwell (et al.) (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of the Law of the Sea, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2015, pp. 843-865.
- Rusch, J., “Investigating Complex Crime”, in I. Bantekas and E. Mylonaki (eds.), Criminological Approaches to International Criminal Law, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2014, pp. 93-116.
- Scharf, M. P., “Is There a Case for an International Piracy Court?: Conclusion”, in M. P. Scharf, M. A. Newton and M. Sterio (eds.), Prosecuting Maritime Piracy: Domestic Solutions to International Crimes, New York, YK, Cambridge University Press, 2015, pp. 350-355.
- Veres, Z., “The Fight Against Illicit Trafficking of Cultural Property: The 1970 UNESCO Convention and the 1995 UNIDROIT Convention”, Santa Clara Journal of International Law, 12 (2014), No. 2, pp. 91-116. [PDF]
- Wouters, J. (et al.), “The International Legal Framework against Corruption: Achievements and Challenges”, Melbourne Journal of International Law, 14 (2013), No. 1, pp. 205-280. [PDF]
- United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and its Protocols.
- United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, The Globalization of Crime : a Transnational Organized Crime Threat Assessment, Geneva, UNODC, 2010.
- Sanden, J. van der, and W.J. van der Wolf (eds.), Mutual Legal Assistance in International Criminal Matters, The Hague, ICA, International Courts Association, 2012.
- Wise, E.M., E.S. Podgor and R.S. Clark, International Criminal Law: Cases and Materials (3rd ed.), New Providence, NJ, LexisNexis, 2009.
Periodicals, serial publications
- Crime, Law and Social Change: Table of Contents
- European Criminal Law Review
- European Journal of Crime, Criminal Law and Criminal Justice: Table of Contents
- European Journal on Criminal Policy and Research: Table of Contents
- New Journal of European Criminal Law: Table of Contents
- Revue internationale de droit pénal: Table of Contents
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The Peace Palace Library has a collection of over a million publications. Each week, about six hundred new titles are added to our collection: books, articles, documents, online publications, etc. On this page, access is provided to this week’s new titles on Transnational crime.
1. La prevención y lucha contra el blanqueo de capitales y la corrupción
Keywords: Money laundering, Corruption, International regime, Global governance,
2. De offshore wereld ontmaskerd
Keywords: The Netherlands, Legal persons, Fraud, Tax evasion, Foreign companies, Economic crimes, Transnational crime, Theses,
3. Le normative vigenti: normativa valutaria, normativa antiriciclaggio e antiterrorismo, monitoraggio fiscale
Keywords: Money laundering, Terrorism, Prevention, Fiscal policy, Transnational crime, Lex mercatoria, International commercial law,
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Rothe, D.L. and D.O. Friedrichs, Crimes of Globalization, New York, NY, Routledge, 2015.View this title in our link resolver Plinklet
This book addresses immensely consequential crimes in the world today that, to date, have been almost wholly neglected by students of crime and criminal justice: crimes of globalization. This term refers to the hugely harmful consequences of the policies and practices of international financial institutions – principally in the global South. A case is made for characterizing these policies and practices specifically as crime. Although there is now a substantial criminological literature on transnational crimes, crimes of states and state-corporate crimes, crimes of globalization intersect with, but are not synonymous with, these crimes. Identifying specific reasons why students of crime and criminal justice should have an interest in this topic, this text also identifies underlying assumptions, defines key terms, and situates crimes of globalization within the criminological enterprise. The authors also define crimes of globalization and review the literature to date on the topic; review the current forms of crimes of globalization; outline an integrated theory of crimes of globalization; and identify the challenges of controlling the international financial institutions that perpetrate crimes of globalization, including the role of an emerging Global Justice Movement. The authors of this book have published widely on white collar crime, crimes of states, state-corporate crime and related topics. This book will be essential reading for academics and students of crime and criminal justice who, the authors argue, need to attend to emerging forms of crime that arise specifically out of the conditions of globalization in our increasingly globalized, rapidly changing world.
Mitsilegas, V., P. Alldridge and L. Cheliotis (eds.), Globalisation, Criminal Law and Criminal Justice: Theoretical, Comparative and Transnational Perspectives, Oxford, Hart Publishing, 2015.View this title in our link resolver Plinklet
The book consists of the keynote papers delivered at the 2012 WG Hart Workshop on Globalisation, Criminal Law and Criminal Justice organised by the Queen Mary Criminal Justice Centre. The volume addresses from a cross-disciplinary perspective the multifarious relationship between globalisation on the one hand, and criminal law and justice on the other hand. At a time when economic, political and cultural systems across different jurisdictions are increasingly becoming or are perceived to be parts of a coherent global whole, it appears that the study of crime and criminal justice policies and practices can no longer be restricted within the boundaries of individual nation-states or even particular transnational regions. But in which specific fields, to what extent, and in what ways does globalisation influence crime and criminal justice in disparate jurisdictions? Which are the factors that facilitate or prevent such influence at a domestic and/or regional level? And how does or should scholarly inquiry explore these themes? These are all key questions which are addressed by the contributors to the volume. In addition to contributions focusing on theoretical and comparative dimensions of globalisation in criminal law and justice, the volume includes sections focusing on the role of evidence in the development of criminal justice policy, the development of European criminal law and its relationship with national and transnational legal orders, and the influence of globalisation on the interplay between criminal and administrative law.
Chayes, S., Thieves of State: Why Corruption Threatens Global Security, New York, NY, W.W. Norton and Company, 2015.View this title in our link resolver Plinklet
A former adviser to the Joint Chiefs of Staff explains how government’s oldest problem is its greatest destabilizing force. The world is blowing up. Every day a new blaze seems to ignite: the bloody implosion of Iraq and Syria; the East-West standoff in Ukraine; abducted schoolgirls in northern Nigeria. Is there some thread tying these frightening international security crises together? In a riveting account that weaves history with fast-moving reportage and insider accounts from the Afghanistan war, Sarah Chayes identifies the unexpected link: corruption. Since the late 1990s, corruption has reached such an extent that some governments resemble glorified criminal gangs, bent solely on their own enrichment. These kleptocrats drive indignant populations to extremes—ranging from revolution to militant puritanical religion. Chayes plunges readers into some of the most venal environments on earth and examines what emerges: Afghans returning to the Taliban, Egyptians overthrowing the Mubarak government (but also redesigning Al-Qaeda), and Nigerians embracing both radical evangelical Christianity and the Islamist terror group Boko Haram. In many such places, rigid moral codes are put forth as an antidote to the collapse of public integrity. The pattern, moreover, pervades history. Through deep archival research, Chayes reveals that canonical political thinkers such as John Locke and Machiavelli, as well as the great medieval Islamic statesman Nizam al-Mulk, all named corruption as a threat to the realm. In a thrilling argument connecting the Protestant Reformation to the Arab Spring, Thieves of State presents a powerful new way to understand global extremism. And it makes a compelling case that we must confront corruption, for it is a cause—not a result—of global instability.
Scharf, M.P. (et al.) (eds.), Prosecuting Maritime Piracy: Domestic Solutions to International Crimes, New York, Cambridge University Press, 2015.View this title in our link resolver Plinklet
This book addresses maritime piracy by focusing on the unique and fascinating issues arising in the course of domestic piracy prosecutions, from the pursuit and apprehension of pirates to their trial and imprisonment. It examines novel matters not addressed in other published works, such as the challenges in preserving and presenting evidence in piracy trials, the rights of pirate defendants, and contending with alleged pirates who are juveniles. A more thorough understanding of modern piracy trials and the precedent they have established is critical to scholars, practitioners, and the broader community interested in counter-piracy efforts, as these prosecutions are likely to be the primary judicial mechanism to contend with pirate activity going forward.
Boister, N. and Currie, R. J. (eds.), Routledge Handbook of Transnational Criminal Law, London, Routledge, 2014.View this title in our link resolver Plinklet
Certain types of crime are increasingly being perpetrated across national borders and require a unified regional or global response to combat them. Transnational criminal law covers both the international treaty obligations which require States to introduce specific substantive measures into their domestic criminal law schemes, and an allied procedural dimension concerned with the articulation of inter-state cooperation in pursuit of the alleged transnational criminal. The Routledge Handbook of Transnational Criminal Law provides a comprehensive overview of the system which is designed to regulate cross border crime. The book looks at the history and development of the system, asking questions as to the principal purpose and effectiveness of transnational criminal law as it currently stands. The book brings together experts in the field, both scholars and practitioners, in order to offer original and forward-looking analyses of the key elements of the transnational criminal law. The book is split into several parts for ease of reference: Fundamental concepts surrounding the international regulation of transnational crime; Procedures for international cooperation against alleged transnational criminals including jurisdiction, police cooperation, asset recovery and extradition; Substantive crimes covered by transnational criminal law analysing the current legal provisions for each crime; The implementation of transnational criminal law and the effectiveness of the system of transnational criminal law.
Battersby, P., The Unlawful Society: Global Crime and Security in a Complex World, Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.View this title in our link resolver Plinklet
Crime today is synonymous with security but our preoccupation with exposing the hidden mechanisms of the global underworld engenders an incomplete understanding of a vexed and complex field of inquiry, policy and practice. International and global relations are being refashioned and re-coded in ways that demand a fresh and expansive interpretation that acknowledges the scope and complexity of networked human interactions. Using the innovative concept of unlawfulness, this book examines the crimes and misdemeanours of the global overworld to form a unique analysis of global order in the twenty-first century. Battersby argues that unlawfulness - the intentional transgression of criminal law - is an active but under-researched principle in international affairs, and maps out the scope of tolerated unlawfulness among and within states and non-state actors including private companies and not-for-profit 'civil society' organizations. Exploring the dynamics of law-making in a world where the pace of technological change is outstripping our capacity to capture new forms of international and transnational crime, this book will be a valuable resource to scholars of International Politics, Global Governance, International Law, Security, Criminal Justice and Policing.
- United Nations Audiovisual Library of International Law – Lecture Series, Criminal Law and Procedure.
Honduras: A New Cocaine Trafficking Hub
Last week Honduras adopted a law allowing the government to shoot down planes suspected of trafficking illegal drugs through the country. International drug trafficking is probably the most well known transnational organized crime. How bad is the current situation in Honduras; is it a new cocaine trafficking hub?Read more
Protecting Children from Cybercrime: Online Child Grooming
In the Netherlands a massive case of internet child abuse has been reveiled this week. A 48 year old man has been arrested and is suspected of online child grooming and sexually abusing hundreds of girls. At least 11 girls stated they have had a meeting with the man and were sexually abused by him. The Dutch police has found 26.000 videos and 144.000 photographs during a raid on his house. The man has been active for eight years. What is online child grooming and what is the International and European policy on combating this form of cyber crime and internet abuse?Read more
Pirates, Buccaneers and Privateers : Concepts of International Law
Establishing an authoritative definition of “piracy” in international law has always been rather problematic. The definition is relevant, because any confusion in terminology invariably leads to debates between State sovereignty and universal jurisdiction over crimes at sea. The various international law meanings of piracy are derived from, among others, international treaties, and various municipal law meanings are defined by statutes and State practice.Read more
Victor Bout, arms dealer, extradited to USA
Victor Bout, an interpreter and a former Russian military airforce officer suspected of arms trafficking, has been extradited to the United States of America by Thailand. Bout, also called the ‘merchant of death’, is alleged of supplying illegal weapons to various groups and regimes, such as the Taliban, the Sierra leonean Revolutionary United Front, Charles Taylor and al-Qaida.Read more
Call for an UN Piracy Tribunal
Five Somalis are currently on trial in the Netherlands after they failed to hijack a freighter sailing under the Dutch Antilles flag in January. The pirates have expressed their satisfaction with their prison cells, and at least one of them has said he wants to stay in the Netherlands after he is released and hopes […]Read more
Remembrance Slave Trade and its Abolition
Saturday 23 August marks the UN nineth annual International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition.Read more
The history of piracy goes back in the library collection till 1816. Still the oceans are unsafe, especially the Somali coast is crowded with modern pirates with guns and grenades. As in the old days kidnapping and piracy are lucrative businesses, if a ransom is paid.Read more
- The Globalization of Crime : A Transnational Crime Threat Assessment
- Joint Research Centre on Transnational Crime
- Meeting the Challenge of Transnational Crime, by James O. Finckenauer
- Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption Center
- Transnational Crime, by Jay S. Albanese
- Transnational Crime In The Developing World, February 2011 Report from Global Financial Integrity
- Transnational Organized Crime
- WebLaw Transnational Crime
- EUROPOL, the European Police Office
- The United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and its Protocols
- Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons Especially Women and Children, supplementing the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime
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