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6 August 2021 | 67
Update of the announcement 2021 Colloquium in Kongsvinger, Norway

The virtual 21th Cross-border Crime Colloquium will be hosted by the
The Police University College, Kongsvinger, Norway on 23 to 24 August 2021. Due to COVID-19, this year this will be a digital event. We will soon share the agenda and details on how to attend.

Cross-border Crime: how global can it be?

suggested subjects for presentations:

  • Crimes against the environment
  • Is there an ‘Organised Climate Crime’?
  • Emission tampering in the car industry
  • War on poaching endangered species and organised crime
  • Laundering illegally logged wood
  • Laundering and real estate
  • Criminal finances in Europe: big banks and big laundering.
  • Real estate and foreign capital in the UK
  • Asset recovery: it hurts, but does it reduce crime?
  • Off-shore Financial Centres: criminal conduits or hoarding places?
  • Liberalisation of the cannabis market: effects
  • Motor cycle gangs: prohibited and gone underground?
  • ‘Crimigration’ after the migrant crisis
  • Cyber crime: old wine in new sacks or a really new branch

This is not a limited list of topics: other criminal subjects concerning cross-border crime related to Europe are welcome.
Click here for the (draft) program

Call for Papers

The organisers already received already abstracts from a number of researchers interested in participating in the Colloquium. We invite these authors to reconfirm their participation. Given the open nature of the Colloquium new interested researchers are invited to submit a title and 200 word abstract before 15 December 2020 to the organisers.

Participants are expected to submit their papers for publication in the Colloquium book series. Papers will be reviewed by the Editorial Board.

For information, please contact
Prof. Dr. Paul Larsson: Prof. Dr. Petrus C. van Duyne:

Program Cross Border Colloquium - Norway 2021

7 panels; per panel (60 min), 2 presentations with 20 min each and 20 min for questions and discussion

Monday, 23 August 2021

9:00 – 9:30 Opening
Paul Larsson and Petrus C. van Duyne

9:30 – 10:30 Panel 1
You can’t judge a book by its cover. Gangmastering in the publishing business and the Grafica Veneta case
Anita Lavorgna

Manure, I hate manure! A green criminological perspective on fraud with manure in the Netherlands.
Toine Spapens

10:30 – 11:00 Coffee Break

11:00 – 12:00 Panel 2
The Dutch ‘Green’ Administrative Approach on environmental Crime
Benny van der Vorm

The organisation of eco-crime in ‘green’ Ukraine
Petrus C. van Duyne, Anna Markovska and Alexey Serdyuk

12:00 – 13:30 Lunch Break

13:30 – 14:30 Panel 3
Conflict Minerals – The hidden cost of technology
Brendan Quirke

Assessing the Impact of the ECOWAS Anti-Corruption Protocol on the Control of Corruption West Africa
Uchenna Jerome Orji

14:30 – 15:00 Coffee Break

15:00 – 16:00 Panel 4
Grand corruption in Nigeria
Petrus C. van Duyne and Jackie H. Harvey

Transnational Nigerian crime groups in Italy
Stefano Becucci

19:00 – 21:00 Cyber Lounge

Tuesday, 24 August 2021

10:00 – 11:00 Panel 5
Clan-based crime in Germany
Klaus von Lampe

Trends in organised crime in the Czech Republic or twenty eight years of expert surveys – what knowledge we have got?
Miroslav Scheinost

11:00 – 11:30 Coffee Break

11:30 – 12:30 Panel 6
Policing organized crime. On the dialectics of regulation and the concept of crime.
Paul Larsson, Johanne Yttri Dahl, Helene Gundhus, Siv Runhovde, Pernille Skjevrak og Annette Vestby

The role of Customs Laboratories in fighting hydrocarbon crime in Europe
Adriano Francescangeli

12:30 – 14:00 Lunch Break

14:00 – 15:00 Panel 7
Criminal finances and bad banks - Slovenian case
Maja Loknar and Bojan Dobovšek

Asset recovery teams in NL: does the ideal team exist?
Gabrielle op ’t Hoog, Linette Swart en Brigitte Slot

15:00 – 15:30 Coffee Break

15:30 – 16:00 Closing Round Table

3 January 2020 | 72
New Volume - Now available!

Criminal defiance in Europe and beyond
From organised crime to crime-terror nexus

Petrus C. van Duyne, Dina Siegel, Georgios A. Antonopoulos, Jackie H. Harvey, Klaus von Lampe (eds.), Published by Kharkiv National University of Internal Affairs. Published, sold and distributed by Eleven International Publishing (NETH),ISBN: ISBN 978-94-6236-163-8 ISBN 978-90-5931-718-5 (E-book) (550 pages)

Click here to download the introduction chapter as PDF.

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.

3 January 2020 | 71
New Volume - Now available!

Constructing and Organising Crime in Europe
Petrus C. van Duyne, Alexey Serdyuk, Georgios A. Antonopoulos, Jackie Harvey, Klaus von Lampe (eds.), Published by Kharkiv National University of Internal Affairs. Published, sold and distributed by Eleven International Publishing (NETH),ISBN: ISBN 978-94-6236-955-9 ISBN 978-94-6274-553-7 (E-book) (427 pages)

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Crime is not just a reality ‘out there’, but also the outcome of social constructions: crime is often ‘in the eye of the beholder’. When society changes, that is the ‘beholders’, new developments can be seen as disturbances, which under the pressure of the concerned citizens, can be constructed as crimes. This criminalising construction can be observed concerning irregular migration: refugees, asylum seekers or just irregular migrant workers, seeking their luck in Europe. Regardless of their legal status they are looked upon as a (crime) threat and associated with human smuggling and exploitation of trafficked persons, whether or not in combination with organised crime. A general driver to new crime constructions is the ‘fear of . . .’, an uneasiness driving policy and law makers into the direction of new crime constructions or widening existing ones, such as money-laundering. This is discussed in this volume of the 19th Cross-border Crime Colloquium, held in June 2018 in Kharkiv, consisting of peer-reviewed contributions from 25expert authors and young and upcoming researchers. They cover many issues at the centre of criminological and criminal policy debates, such as corruption, the mafi a, Chinese organised crime, irregular migration and arms traffi cking, examples of crossborder crimes that concern us all in Europe and beyond.

19 September 2018 | 70
Now available as free download: The Janus-faces of cross-border-crime in Europe

Now available for as free download: The Janus-faces of cross-border-crime in Europe
Petrus C. van Duyne, Tomáš Strémy, Jackie H. Harvey, Georgios A. Antonopoulos, Klaus von Lampe (eds.), Eleven Publishing 2018 Portland (US),ISBN: 978‐94‐6236‐871‐2 (348 pages)

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Europe is changing rapidly, which may also have a bearing on its criminal landscape. This does not mean that all sorts of new crime are emerging: a large part of the crimes remains pro t-oriented and is committed by known modus operandi.  at is the old face of crime. Amidst the traditional landscape new faces of crime can be identified.  The internet is such a new face which emerges among others in the sex industry. This is as old as the human race, with all the related abuses and exploitation. But the internet gives it also a new face because of its broad reach and related opportunities, negative as well as positive.  is volume provides other examples of this two-faced Janus head of crime. Old criminal trades, such as the illegal cigarette market, synthetic drugs and criminal exploitation of human labour, but also new criminal specialisations, new professional and industrial skills developed by ‘old’ ethnic minorities on various crime markets in central Europe. Meanwhile, the on-going illegal migrations continue to exert their influence on the perception of crime: while the actual prevalence of most types of crime decreases, fear of crime continues to increase.  The  flow of migrants is unrelated to this outcome but it impacts nevertheless on the perception of crime.  is volume of the 18th Cross-border Crime Colloquium, held in Bratislava in thespring of 2017, contains the peer-reviewed contributions of 22 European experts and up-and-coming researchers. Their chapters cover a broad  eld of crime in which the double faced Janus head can be discerned: illegal migrants, criminal markets, corruption, money laundering and organised crime, highlighting many new aspects.

Photos from the Bratislava colloquium

3 January 2020 | 69
New Volume - Now available as free download!

Petrus C. van Duyne, Miroslav Scheinost, Georgios A. Antonopoulos, Jackie Harvey, Klaus von Lampe (eds.), Wolf Legal Publishers 2016 Nijmegen (NETH),ISBN: 978-94-6240-316-1 (415 pages)

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In this Cross-border Crime Volume a number of important European criminal narratives have been brought together. The chapters speak of criminal ‘narratives’ having a particular leitmotif around which elements of criminal phenomena are ordered such that a specifi c meaning can be conveyed. Corruption, organised and economic crime, fraud and money laundering are important themes for narratives about crime in Europe. The phenomenon of corruption has many common elements, which in each country become re-arranged into a national narrative or discourse. At present such narratives on corruption in Eastern Europe are highly relevant, in particular in view of the relationships with the EU. Also the organised crime narrative still has a prominent place in the European crime scene, whether it concerns Russian organised crime or cybercrime, targeting banks as well as individuals. The organisation of fraud and economic crime remains a serious challenge to consumers as well as the business sector. Amidst all these high-level forms of criminal organisation one can also find “traditional” versions of organised lawlessness, for example outlaw motorcycle gangs that continue to capture the imagination of law enforcement and the general public, not only Scandinavia. This fifteenth volume of the Cross-border Crime Colloquium, held once a year at a different location in Europe since 1999, contains the peer reviewed contributions of 18 internationally established and up-coming experts in the field of organised and economic crime, corruption, fraud and money laundering. The chapters are based on original empirical data and critical analysis and provide new insights in these fields, stimulating a critical discourse on criminal phenomena in Europe and beyond.

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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.
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:
Prof. Dr. Petrus C. van Duyne:

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