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The plan to introduce 10 freeports across the UK after Brexit has drawn attention in recent weeks. Introducing these provenly risky ‘special economic zones’ sits uneasily alongside the UK’s wider efforts to ramp up the fight against economic crime. 

Delivering on one of...

With growing evidence pointing to convergence in criminal activities, and the emergence of fluid criminal networks with transient membership, it is time to consider whether the UK’s approach to tackling organised crime is suitably matched to the threats it faces.

In 2014 the...

Banner image: A police raid confiscating illegal alcohol in 1925. Prohibition  saw the rise of the smuggling enterprises or “cartels” that typify contraband capitalism. Image courtesty of Wikimedia. 

The locution “criminal organisations” works better than “organised crime” for drawing attention to variation along the following lines. Different categories of organisation have distinctive revenue streams, modes of committing or modulating violence, origin myths, cultural practices and...

The year 2013 brought us the now infamous ‘Horsemeat Scandal’, providing the public with a previously unthinkable indication of the scale of crime in the UK’s food supply chain. Recognising the detrimental impact on public confidence, then-Secretaries of State for Environment, Food and Rural...

The US Congress Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, the so-called ‘Helsinki Commission’ has worked in Washington since 1976 to monitor compliance with the 1975...

Stefano Betti is an expert on transnational criminal law and policy. In addition to being Senior Advisor at the Siracusa Institute, he collaborates with several UN entities including the UN Counter Terrorism Executive Directorate, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the UN Interregional...

Jay S. Albanese is a professor in the Wilder School of Government & Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University.  He received the Ph.D. from the School of Criminal Justice at Rutgers University. Dr. Albanese served as Chief of the International Center at the National Institute of...

Dr Mary Alice Young is an interdisciplinary socio-legal scholar with a background in international criminal law. Alongside teaching and administrative duties at UWE, she has achieved a growing supranational presence as a subject expert on the criminal misuse of offshore financial centres...

Chris Allen is a researcher specialising in transnational organised crime and how it is policed. He is currently a PhD Scholar at the Liverpool Centre of Advanced Policing Studies, Liverpool John Moores University, where he is examining the application of business analysis techniques to...

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