Faith-based organisations (along with NGOs and civil society), play a significant role in the response to and prevention of modern slavery, both in the UK and internationally. However, their contribution often goes unacknowledged, and the benefits of their experience in the field are not always shared with other relevant players or fed into policymaking decisions.
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This invitation-only workshop aims to identify best practice in successful partnerships between academia, policymakers and law enforcement agencies which are focused on tackling organised crime, to develop key principles for building successful future partnerships. Discussions will focus on those initiatives that unite academics and practitioners, looking to understand the modalities, rationales and impacts of these collaborations – what works, what doesn’t, and why?
On Monday 22 October 2018, RUSI’s Strategic Hub for Organised Crime Research (SHOC) hosted an event in collaboration with Aston University and Northumbria University to launch the UK–EU Security and Criminal Justice Cooperation (JUEST) Network. The Network encourages multidisciplinary research and engagement to influence, irrespective of the course Brexit takes, the future development of strong and sustainable EU–UK security and criminal justice cooperation.
This two-day workshop will bring together practitioners from different law enforcement agencies around the world involved in the investigation and countering of Italian mafia groups in their territories and across their borders. Sharing practices and insights will be the primary goal, but rather than just listening to each other’s experiences and knowledge, the workshop will be organised around a number of thematic sessions including, but not limited to:
Wildlife trafficking is having a devastating effect on many species across the globe. It has increasingly been recognised as a form of transnational organised crime, with major implications for security.
The organised crime/terror nexus manifests at various levels. Organised crime groups and terrorists may converge, permanently or opportunistically. For instance, terrorist groups such as the Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK) are known to tax and extort drugs traffickers operating within the territory they control; and the Neapolitan Camorra were found to be supplying heavy weapons to ETA in return for shipments of drugs.
Cyber criminals are broadening their efforts and expanding their strategic modus operandi to achieve higher value pay-outs from UK citizens, organisations and institutions. Even when key individuals responsible for the most damaging cyber criminal activities against the UK are identified, it is often difficult for the UK and international law enforcement agencies to prosecute them when they are located in jurisdictions with limited, or no, extradition arrangements.
BREXIT poses several challenges to UK-EU police cooperation. Both parts agree on the need to keep working together against serious and organised crime. However the modalities of this cooperation are still unclear. There is no precedent of non-EU or non-Schengen members to access the European police and criminal justice tools.
The UK will no longer be accountable to the EU’s judicial institutions. Neither will it be part of the adjudicatory oversight and judicial decisionmaking process. Brexit may also complicate intelligence-sharing.
Advanced data science technology presents new opportunities to more effectively analyse, understand and respond to the threats posed by organised crime. Recent research has highlighted the potential applications of such tools, but has also revealed a number of key barriers currently preventing law enforcement agencies from taking full advantage of these opportunities. Discussions have also increasingly focused on the ethical and legal challenges presented by the use of such technologies.
As part of RUSI’s Strategic Hub for Organised Crime Research workshop series, this event will examine the potential impact of virtual currencies and Fintech platforms on the future of money laundering techniques.