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25 October 2017 | 61
Another volume now available as free download!


The relativity of wrongdoing: Corruption, organised crime, fraud and money laundering in perspective
Petrus C. van Duyne, Almir Maljevic, Georgios A. Antonopoulos, Jackie Harvey, Klaus von Lampe (eds.)Wolf Legal Publishers 2015 Nijmegen (NETH),ISBN: 978-94-6240-228-7 (374 pages)

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When we look back at the past decades of crime and criminal policy development, a substantial part of which – 15 years – is covered by the Cross-border Crime Colloquium Volumes, one cannot avoid a feeling of relativity: within a lifetime some moral and criminal issues have changed from ‘threat’ to ‘acceptable’ or the other way round, or are only nominally maintained but their urgency has become diluted or ‘bleached’. One may call this relativity the ‘wink of history’. Naturally much depends on the subject at stake: moral relativity does not always express itself unambiguously as there are so many shades between black and white. The criminological issues of this volume which covers a range of criminal manifestations, from corruption, organised crime in post conflict regions, cigarette smuggling, money laundering, fraud and their supervisory bodies, can be represented as a kind of ‘relativity parade’, analogous to the Gay Pride Parade. In this volume it is called the ‘Moral Relativity Pride Parade’ and it is this lens through which we address this diversity of subjects. Depicting the elaborated themes as a parade of Moral Relativity Floats with a challenging crew of participants, does not hide the fact that there is also much policy making moral duplicity presented with no tinge of ‘relativity’ but dressed in the cloths of moral rectitude. For example: toughon-(organised) crime legislation neglecting basic principles of criminal law safeguards; crying wolf against certain forms of organised crime when the real issue is poverty; supervisory structures which look more like a bad marriage relationship between supervisors and the supervised actors than addressing the (money laundering) problem in the real life; or prioritising a concern like EU fraud while installing an European agency as a toothless watchdog. This fourteenth volume of the Cross-border Crime Colloquium, an institution which stimulates a critical discourse on crime and crimecontrol in Europe and beyond, contains the peer-reviewed critical and innovative contributions of 23 international experts. The chapters are based on empirical data or critical theorising and highlight new aspects of these fields.



24 October 2017 | 62
Another volume now available as free download!


Human dimensions in organised crime, money laundering and corruption
Petrus C. van Duyne, Jackie Harvey, Georgios A. Antonopoulos, Klaus von Lampe, Almir Maljeviæ, Anna Markovska (eds.), Wolf Legal Publishers 2014 Nijmegen (NETH),ISBN: 978-94-6240-128-0 (414 pages)

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Corruption, economic and organised crime continues to affect European society as anywhere in the world. It seeps through every crack of the structures of civil society: whether it concerns trade and industry, the public administration or the governments. This is not an outside threat against which society can defend itself by establishing more defence mechanisms. It originates from within as the driving force - greed - is not an outside driver. It manifests itself in perverse reward systems within enterprises, disinterested governments, ill-considered law enforcement policies, greedy power games of authorities, or the still prevalent lenient approach to white collar crime. Within these institutional weaknesses one must always search for actors of flesh and blood: from captains of industry to the street cop; from the power builders in board rooms to the clerk at his desk. At all levels greed satisfaction through corrupt rent seeking contributes to a weakening of our social fabric.

This is not a very surprising observation. Basically it is the same old song: retrospectively humans remain true to themselves in manifesting the same basic greedy criminal conduct over time and space. One would almost resign to such a tedious story, if it were not for the good message: one always finds counter-movements working against such abuses. Whether and to what extent such counter-movements are coherent and cost-effective is difficult to judge, though all these lofty intentions must be followed with a critical eye. The crime-money hunt has a quarter-century history by now, but the crime-monies still abound; all new EU Member States have Anti Corruption Agencies, but corruption continues to be rampant in those countries; the financial sector has been turned inside out, but old habits have returned.

This thirteenth volume of the Cross-border Crime Colloquium, a mainstay in the critical discourse on crime and crime-control in Europe, contains the peer-reviewed contributions of 27 international experts shedding light on the wide range of topics related to greed and crime: corruption, money laundering, underground economy and criminal financial policy. The chapters are based on empirical data or critical theorising and highlight new aspects of this field..




21 September 2017 | 60
Announcement 2018 Colloquium in Kharkiv, Ukraine


The 19th Cross-border Crime Colloquium will be hosted by
Kharkiv National University of Internal Affairs, Kharkiv, Ukraine on 17 -19 June 2018

Combatting Cross-border Crime in East- and West-Europe Borders

suggested topics:

  • Hybrid War challenges for crime combatting
  • Where is the fear of Post-Soviet (Ukrainian, Russian etc.) Organised Crime
  • Migration and crime in East- and West-Europe
  • Corruption: from the Baltic to the Black Sea
  • Grand theft and embezzlement from the public fund
  • Cybercrime from the East: new crimes or new wrapping?
  • Organised crime: old and new usual suspects
  • European threat analysis: use and nonsense
  • Is Italian OC (‘ndrangheta) on the move?
  • Sanctions and sanction breakers
  • Money laundering: survey of the Visigrad Countries
For information, please contact
Prof. Dr. Petrus C. van Duyne: p.vanduyne@uu.nl
Dr Alexey Serdyuk: serdyuk.alexey@gmail.com






















Call for Papers

Participation in the Colloquium is free of charge. The hosting institution invites contributors presenting a paper to the welcome dinner at the eve of the event and offers them accommodation (bed & breakfast) for two nights. Lunch and refreshments will be provided to all attendees. Travel expenses have to be paid for by the participants.

Those interested in participating in the Colloquium are invited to submit a title and 200 word abstract before 15 December 2017 to the coordinators mentioned above. Participants are expected to submit their papers for publication in the colloquium book series. Papers will be reviewed by the Editorial Board. More information on the Cross-border Crime Colloquium book series is available here



14 August 2017 | 58
New Volume - Now available!


The many Faces of Crime for Profit and Ways of Tackling it
Petrus C. van Duyne, Jackie Harvey, Georgios A. Antonopoulos, Klaus von Lampe (eds.), Wolf Legal Publishers 2017 Oisterwijk (NETH),ISBN: 9789462404366 (445 pages)

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The national diversity of Europe is reflected in the diversity of its criminal landscape and history. From the north of Scotland to Ukraine one finds different focal points and patterns of crimes and criminal entrepreneurs. This does not necessarily lead to a corresponding reaction of the authorities. Some responses are the result of a gradually developed form of cross-border cooperation, as is the case between Poland and Germany, other authorities appear carried away with emotional decision making and an inflexible political correctness as is observed in the field of the sex service industry. In another country, in the adjacent field of child trafficking, we find the converse: no response as victims are not labelled as such. And no victim label, no criminal law policy. Where the interactions between the upper- and underworld come into sight, this volume presents the reader with a select picture gallery of criminal faces: from corrupt football to remarkable criminal finances in Ukraine, to fraud and criminal abuse in the informal or quack health sector. Naturally, each face has its own pretences in order to hide its criminal background, be it large scale cannabis growing in the Netherlands or organised cybercrime from Romania to all countries in Europe. Indeed, the criminal portrait series in this Cross-border Crime Volume shows that criminal Europe does not lead to a boring uniformity, despite the fear of globalism. This sixteenth volume of the Cross-border Crime Colloquium contains the seventeen peer-reviewed contributions of 26 authors presented in 2016 at the Cross-border Crime Colloquium held at Northumbria University, Newcastle. The authors represent upcoming experts and established researchers in the field of (organised) crime for profit and related policies. The contributions are based on empirical research and independent analysis and provide new data and insights on which to build new theories and future research.



14 August 2017 | 57
Photographs of a successful 2017 Colloquium (Bratislava)
(courtesy Tomás Stremy)






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The Cross-Border Crime Colloquium is an annual event since 1999. It brings together experts on international organised (economic) crime to discuss the latest developments in empirical research, legislation and law enforcement, with a special geographical focus on Western, Central, and Eastern Europe. The Colloquia aim at building bridges in three respects: between East and West Europe, between scholars and practitioners, and between old and young.
2018Kharkiv, Ukraine
2017Bratislava, Slovakia
2016Newcastle, United Kingdom
2015Prague, Czech Republic
2014Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzeg.
2013Cambridge, United Kingdom
2012Manchester, United Kingdom
2011Tilburg, The Netherlands
2009Ghent, Belgium
2008Beograd, Serbia
2007Prague, Czech Republic
2006Tallinn, Estonia
2005Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzeg.
2004Berlin, Germany
2003Ainring, Germany
2002Ljubljana, Slovenia
2001Bratislava, Slovakia
2000Budapest, Hungary
1999Prague, Czech Republic

The next Colloquium will be held in Newcastle, United Kingdom. For information, please contact For information, please contact
Prof. Dr. Petrus C. van Duyne: p.vanduyne@uu.nl
Professor Jackie Harvey: Jackie.Harvey@northumbria.ac.uk
Prof. Georgios A. Antonopoulos: G.Antonopoulos@tees.ac.uk

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