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STANDING GROUP ON ORGANISED CRIME PANELS AT ECPR PLENARY

ECPR General Conference
Bordeaux 5-7 September 2013
Standing Group on Organised Crime Section
We are extremely happy to inform you that a Standing Group section entitled ‘Transnational Organised Crime in a Globalised World’ has been accepted for the ECPR General conference, which will take place in Bordeaux from the 5th to the 7th of September 2013. It will be composed of 9 panels on the following topics:
  • Transnational organized crime and terrorism
  • Transnational organized crime, corruption and State infiltration
  • Transnational organized crime and ‘Gangster Politics’
  • Organized crime in cyberspace: governing, controlling and exploring cyber crime activities
  • Transnational organized crime and Criminal mobility
  • Transnational organized crime and Human trafficking
  • ‘It’s all about the money’: Exploring the inter- relation between transnational organized crime and the economic crisis
  • The internal/ external continuum in transnational organised crime
  • Putting OC in place: How situational crime prevention can inform enhanced policy design
We would be delighted to receive any expressions of interest for any of the panels. In order to submit your abstracts, please refer to the ECPR website (www.ecprnet.eu).The deadline for Paper proposals is 1 February 2013.
Best Wishes,
Helena Carrapico (Section Chair/h.carrapico@dundee.ac.uk)
Daniela Irrera (Section co- chair/dirrera@unict.it)
Panel Details:
  1. Transnational organized crime and terrorism
Chair: Bill Tupman (w.a.tupman@ex.ac.uk)
Co- chair: Liz Campbell (liz.jane.campbell@gmail.com)
The distinction between terrorism and organised crime has increasingly been blurred by governments and policy makers in order to escape due process in investigation and prosecution, and justify national security approaches, that involve suspending human rights. This panel wishes to look at whether the gloablization of reponses has genuinely reflected globalization in the nature of terrorism and organised crime?
  1. Transnational organized crime, corruption and State infiltration
Chair: Anna Sergi (asergi@essex.ac.uk)
Co- Chair:Anita Lavorgna (anita.lavorgna@gmail.com)
This panel looks at an analysis of the links between corruption and organised crime, in particular the way in which organised crime groups exploit state institutions, affect voting processes and move away from violent street crimes, either in traditional crime settings and in new trends of white collar crime.
  1. Transnational organized crime and ‘Gangster Politics’
Chair: Panos Kostakos (panos.kostakos@gmail.com)
Co- chair: Petr Kupka (kupka@fss.muni.cz)
Why is it that politicians behave like gangsters and gangsters like politicians? In order to better understand the linkages between organized crime, politics and economics (legitimacy vs. legality), this panel will extrapolate and explore theoretical and behavioral synergies between the licit and illicit worlds.
  1. Organized crime in cyberspace: governing, controlling and exploring cyber crime activities
Chair: Helena Carrapico (Helena.carrapico@eui.eu)
Co- chair: Javier Argomaniz (ja51@st-andrews.ac.uk)
Given modern societies’ increased reliance on borderless and decentralized information technologies, cyberspace has been identified as an easy target for actors such as organised criminals, hacktivists or terrorist networks. Such analysis has been accompanied by governmental calls to step up the fight against unlawful online activities, namely through increased cooperation among law enforcement authorities, the approximation of legislations, and public- private partnerships. This panel welcomes papers exploring cyber crime activities and methods, as well as their control by governmental and/ or international actors.
  1. Transnational organized crime and Criminal mobility
Chair: Felia Allum (f.s.allum@bath.ac.uk)
Co- chair:Helena Carrapico (Helena.carrapico@eui.eu)
This panel seeks to understand and analyse the different forms of groups, markets and activities involved in criminal mobility. It will seek to analyse the different dynamics and logics behind criminal mobility in order to develop some theoretical and practical considerations as to how to understand it better and fight it more efficiently.
  1. Transnational organized crime and Human trafficking
Co- chair: Laura Requena Espada (laura.requena@uam.es)
The moving of people across borders illegally is organised in different forms, people smuggling, facilitation and trafficking. To understand the dynamics of the illegal movement of people, this panel wishes to explore the different forms of how such crimes are organised and sustained.
  1. ‘It’s all about the money’: Exploring the inter- relation between transnational organized crime and the economic crisis
Chair:Yuliya Zabyelina (yuliya.zabyelina@sis.unitn.it)
Co- chair: Benjamin Farrand (Benjamin.farrand@eui.eu)
The global economic crisis has limited the ability of the State to provide for the economic and social well-being of its citizens, particularly as a result of austerity measures. As often happens, where social and economic needs are not fulfilled by legitimate enterprise or State function, organised crime steps in to accommodate these needs. This panels seeks to analyse the impact that the global economic crisis has had on organised crime activities and to explore organised crime groups’ strategies of adaptation to the current economic context.
  1. The internal/ external continuum in transnational organised crime
Chair: Francesca Longo (lonfran@unict.it)
Co- Chair: Daniela Irrera (dirrera@unict.it)
The panel aims at investigating the implication of the external dimension of JHA for the European security concept with particular focus on the reliance of the TOC issue in the process of interlinking EU domestic and external security.
  1. Putting OC in place: How situational crime prevention can inform enhanced policy design
Chair: Anita Lavorgna (anita.lavorgna@gmail.com)
Co-Chair: Falko Ernst (faerns@essex.ac.uk)
Departing from the local- and sphere-specific constitution of OC-phenomena, we examine how revisited models of situational crime prevention can pertinently inform policy approaches to traditional as well as novel forms of OC.

CHINA’S TEN BIGGEST CRIMINAL CASES OF 2012

From the Qinghai daily News, reported by the Danwei website. They almost certainly arent what we would call the ten biggest criminal cases, but its a step forward for China to allow the media to report these areas, because they demonstrate the existence of negative aspects to China’s society. Mostly though, crimes that would be recognised as such in the rest of the world.

AP IMPACT: AL-QAIDA CARVES OUT OWN COUNTRY IN MALI

Piece from Associated Press reported in the Guardian breaking news stream. Report on the situation in Northern Mali, where al Qaeda related groups appear to be digging in for a long conflict. The lesson should be: the West cant afford to undermine states. The long term winners are non-state actors such as al Qaeda. There is no mention of organised crime in this piece, but the people smuggling and trafficking trails will be there at the very least. What else?

22 NI LAUNDERING PLANTS SHUT

Probably red diesel: agricultural fuel. Duty on petrol in UK so high that there must be other networks finding ways of avoiding it. but how and where is it sold?

HUGE RISE IN SOCIAL MEDIA ‘CRIMES’

This is an area where the process of definition of what is and isnt a “crime” is still taking place. The Chambers case demonstrated that protest can still overturn a stupid decision by a court, but it also demonstrated the power of celebrities, which is itself a disturbing feature. Might be an idea to look at the interim guidelines, linked from this BBC piece.

FRENCH CANNABIS COOPS

Cannabis social clubs in France press for legalisation. Article in French. Its been a while since Ive explored the continental press, for which I apologise. All to do with changing laptops and forgetting bookmarks. Dont suppose this will get into the English redtops, so struggle through!

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