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Criminal defiance in Europe and beyond. From organised crime to crime-terror nexus. Petrus C. van Duyne, Dina Siegel, Jackie H. Harvey, Georgios A. Antonopoulos, Klaus von Lampe (eds.), Eleven Publishing 2020 Portland (US),ISBN: 978‐94‐6236‐163‐8 (550 pages)
Duyne, Petrus C. van; Dina Siegel; Harvey, Jackie H.; Antonopoulos, Georgios A. ; Lampe, Klaus von

Crime can be seen as an act of defiance against the rule of law, particularly if is committed with intent. This intension is often to make unlawful gains, whether by theft, corruption or taking part in illegal markets, which in Europe are most often cross-border in nature. This entails that criminal defiance is not just a national issue: theft or fraud can be committed locally, while handling the illicit proceeds may require a cross-border movement. Obviously not every state faces the same defiance, or prioritises the same defiance. That may induce stronger states, for example the USA in its ‘war-on’ policy, to exert pressure on smaller states to accept the same interpretation (and legislation) of criminal defiance. Such ‘legislative imperialism’ may itself be considered as defiant. Criminal defiance is risky: the authorities do not like to be seen as ‘soft’ and must visibly ‘hit back’. So successful criminals must keep a low profi e, though some crime groups, such as the criminal motor-cycle gangs, defy this principle by ostentatious conduct. Likewise, in the case of grand corruption in states where corruption has become endemic, we see criminal defiance, in the case of some eastern European countries the defiance by oligarchs, being a public matter. The 20th Cross-border Crime Colloquium, hosted in 2019 by the WillemPompe Institute of Utrecht University, presents this peer-reviewed volume to which 32 authors from all over Europe have contributed. Itcovers a broad range of expertise and original research projects: from the UK, Germany and further to Russian Siberia and back to the frayed fringes of the Mediterranean shores where a host of migrant workers is ready to defyfate for a better life.
   

About CCC

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.
2019Utrecht, the Netherlands
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 21th Cross-border Crime Colloquium will be hosted by the The Police University College, Kongsvinger, Norway on 31 May to 1 June 2021
For information, please contact
Prof. Dr. Paul Larsson: larzzon@online.no
Prof. Dr. Petrus C. van Duyne: P.vanduyne@uu.nl

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