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23 May 2015 | 50
New Volume - Now available!


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.



30 November 2014 | 49
New Volume - Now available!


Human dimensions in organised crime, money laundering and corruption
Petrus C. van Duyne, Jackie Harvey, Georgios A. Antonopoulos, Klaus von Lampe, Almir Maljević, 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..




16 November 2014 | 48
Announcement 2015 Colloquium in Prague, Czech Republic


The 16th Cross-border Crime Colloquium will be hosted by
Institute for Criminology and Social Prevention, Prague on 25 -26 May 2015

Organising fears, Crime & Law Enforcement New horizons and trends in Europe & beyond

  • Policy making and fear manipulation
  • Migration, (criminal) opportunities and fears
  • Cyber crime: cat and mouse with law enforcement
  • Financial crime half a decade after the credit crisis
  • Corruption: change or stagnation in the EU
  • Organised crime: defeated or just re-labelled?
  • Money laundering & financial interests
  • Integrity and corruption
For information, please contact
Prof. Dr. Petrus C. van Duyne: Petrus@uvt.nl
Dr. Miroslav Scheinost: MScheinost@IKSP.justice.cz


Participation in the Colloquium is free of charge. The hosting institution, the Criminal Policy Research Centre, 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. Participants are invited to submit an abstract before 15 December 2014 to the coordinators mentioned above. Abstracts (200 words) will be reviewed by the Editorial Board.



8 June 2013 | 47
Announcement 2014 Colloquium in Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina


The 15th Cross-border Crime Colloquium will be hosted by
the Criminal Policy Research Centre in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina on 25 -27 May 2014

Economic and Organised Cross-Border Crime in Times of Crisis

  • Legal entities and organised crime
  • Mobility, offending and exploitation
  • Austerity and law enforcement
  • Criminal wealth untapped
  • Old and new forms of crime-for-profit Integrity and corruption
For information, please contact
Dr. Almir Maljevic : amaljevic@fkn.unsa.ba
Prof. Dr. Petrus C. van Duyne: Petrus@uvt.nl


Participation in the Colloquium is free of charge. The hosting institution, the Criminal Policy Research Centre, 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 during the two conference days. Travel expenses have to be paid for by the participants. Participants are invited to submit an abstract before 25 October 2013 to the coordinators mentioned above.



29 May 2013 | 46
New Volume - Now available!


Human dimensions in organised crime, money laundering and corruption
Petrus C. van Duyne, Jackie Harvey, Georgios A. Antonopoulos, Klaus von Lampe, Almir Maljević, Jon Spencer (eds.), Wolf Legal Publishers 2013 Nijmegen (NETH), ISBN: 978-90-5850-983-3 (450 pages)

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Organised crime, whether or not in its Transnational manifestation, is usually depicted in huge threatening dimensions. However, despite this sometimes superhuman representation one should not forget that we are dealing with a human phenomenon and, therefore, should not lose sight of the corresponding human dimensions. This also concerns related phenomena such as money laundering and corruption that forces itself upon us when we look back over the past decades at the ‘threat images’ portrayed by the authorities as well as the media. What threat has come true since, say, 1970 or 1980? We still observe the same (criminal) ‘business as usual’, together with the alleged accumulation of huge amounts of crime-money. However, these threat images are mainly presented from an ‘underworld gaze’ directed at the criminal exploits of hoodlums and thugs, ‘under’ the ‘civilised’ society. Most often these criminals were viewed as coming from abroad. Meanwhile the criminal (underworld) markets have not faltered. Despite this continued ‘threat’, the industrialised world grew steadily richer and safer ̶ up until 2008. That is until the effects of enduring massive criminal manipulations in the financial upperworld brought this growing affluence to an inglorious end. Corruption is another threat to the fabric of society. Do the anti-corruption policies in countries at the rim of the EU achieve results? There are reasons to believe that most of the policy making effects consist of the façades in a ‘Potemkin village’: a paper world of ratified conventions, enacted laws and ineffective institutions. Most human and most deceptive. In this eleventh volume of the Cross-border Crime Colloquium series, twenty six European experts present their latest or on-going studies and research findings. The seventeen chapters cover a range of subjects which are of lasting interest for researchers as well as policy-makers: organised crime, criminal finances, money laundering and corruption. They make us aware of the human dimension in misdeeds as well as the related policy making. This volume is based on selected, peer reviewed presentations at the thirteenth Cross-border Crime Colloquium at Manchester University.



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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.
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 Prague, Czech Republic. For information, please contact
Prof. Dr. Petrus C. van Duyne: Petrus@uvt.nl
Dr. Miroslav Scheinost: MScheinost@IKSP.justice.cz


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