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Research Handbook on Transnational Crime

Edited by Valsamis Mitsilegas,Professor of European Criminal Law and Global Security and Co-Director of the Criminal Justice Centre, Saskia Hufnagel, Senior Lecturer in Criminal Law, Queen Mary University of London and Anton Moiseienko, Research Fellow at the Centre for Financial Crime and Security Studies, Royal United Services Institute, London, UK
This Research Handbook on Transnational Crime is an interdisciplinary, up-to-date guide to this growing field, written by an international cohort of leading scholars and experts. It covers all the major areas of transnational crime, providing a well-rounded, detailed discussion of each topic, and includes chapters focusing on responses to transnational crime in specific regions.

Extent: c 576 pp
Hardback Price: $315.00 Web: $283.50
Publication Date: December 2019
ISBN: 978 1 78471 943 2
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The increasing prevalence of transnational crime in a mobile and interconnected world presents serious challenges, both in terms of analysing these issues and attempting to tackle and prevent them. This Research Handbook on Transnational Crime is an interdisciplinary, up-to-date guide to this growing field, written by an international cohort of leading scholars and experts.

The multifaceted nature of the problem is reflected in the structure of this innovative Research Handbook, covering all the major areas of transnational crime, including terrorism, money laundering, environmental crime, migration-related crime, human trafficking, drug trafficking, cybercrime and heritage crime. Each sector is examined through three dedicated chapters that consider in turn legal responses to a given crime, its current criminological understanding, and the practical challenges of policing and prosecution, providing a well-rounded, detailed discussion of each topic. This timely Research Handbook also includes chapters focusing on responses to transnational crime in specific regions, including the EU, the African Union, Asia, South America and ex-Soviet Union countries.

This Research Handbook will be crucial reading for academics and students with an interest in criminal justice and criminology, particularly those working on international and transnational crime. Policymakers and practitioners will also find its insights into practical challenges in the field invaluable.
‘Since its first appearance in the 1990s, the theme of transnational crime has expanded its scope. Today it is a hugely diverse field of inquiry, analysis and action, with numerous challenges for contemporary researchers. This Research Handbook is exactly what is needed to prepare this fuzzy field for the future. It provides innovative perspectives, and a clear structure that helps to carve out common strands without losing out on diversity. For the first time regional perspectives below the global gaze help to capture difference and commonality, analysis and action. Congratulations to the three editors on an invaluable guide to theorizing, research and action that will help us to explore and navigate an increasingly difficult terrain.’
– Susanne Karstedt, Griffith University, Australia

‘This Research Handbook is a very innovative, perhaps even unique, trilateral (from a legal, criminological and policing perspective) analysis of important types of organised and professional crime in our globalised world like terrorism, migration crime, drug trafficking and cybercrime. Its well-organised collection of case studies is complemented by pieces on the manifestation and containment of transnational crime in a number of (sub)continents. In this way, the Research Handbook does justice to the global and local dimensions of this complicated and diversified phenomenon.’
– Cyrille Fijnaut, KU Leuven, Belgium

‘The editors have assembled a stellar list of scholars to provide a systematic introduction to current research on transnational crime. Structured in a unique way that draws together the work of specialists on legal responses, criminological perspectives and policing and prosecution in respect of each of the most important transnational crimes, the Research Handbook on Transnational Crime brings together in one volume a matchless interdisciplinary resource.'
– Neil Boister, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
Contributors include: M. Bergström, N.l. Bhatia, L.Y.-C. Chang, D. Chappell, M. den Boer, J. Ferwerda, R. Fortson, F. Galli, P. Gottschalk, M.l Grewcock, A. Grymaneli, M.J. Guia, R.V. Gundur, S.A. Hardy, Y. Holiday, S. Hufnagel, J. Lindley, A. Marks, S. Mehlbaum, A. Moiseienko, V. Mitsilegas, A. Moiseienko, D. Mystris, E. Papastavridis, M. Peters, K. Polk, R.D. Pucci, W.E. Purvis, K. Roach, J. Sheptycki, M.-L. Skilbrei, E. Smith, T. Spapens, J. Ulph, G. Urbas, G.M. Vagliasindi, G. van Bueren, C. Walker, R.W.Y. Wong, S.N.M. Young


1. Introduction
Valsamis Mitsilegas, Saskia Hufnagel and Anton Moiseienko

Part I: General Observations on Transnational Crime
2. Legal Responses
Valsamis Mitsilegas

3. Criminological Perspectives
Nabil Bhatia and James Sheptycki

4. Policing and Prosecution
Saskia Hufnagel

Part II: Types of Transnational Crime
5. Legal Perspectives
Francesca Galli

6. Criminological Perspectives
Kent Roach and Clive Walker

7. Policing and Prosecution
Monica den Boer

Money Laundering
8. Legal Perspectives
Maria Bergström

9. Criminological Perspectives
Joras Ferwerda

10. Policing and Prosecution
Simon N.M. Young

Environmental Crime
11. Legal Perspectives
Grazia Maria Vagliasindi

12. Criminological Perspectives
Rebecca W.Y. Wong

13. Policing and Prosecution
Toine Spapens and Shanna Mehlbaum

Migration Crime
14. Legal Perspectives
Yewa Holiday

15. Criminological Perspectives
Michael Grewcock

16. Policing and Prosecution
Maria João Guia

Human Trafficking
17. Legal Perspectives
Geraldine van Bueren

18. Criminological Perspectives
May-Len Skilbrei

19. Policing and Prosecution
Jade Lindley

Drug Trafficking
20. Legal Perspectives
Amber Marks

21. Criminological Perspectives
W.E. Purvis and R.V. Gundur

22. Policing and Prosecution
Rudi Fortson

23. Legal Perspectives
Gregor Urbas

24. Criminological Perspectives
Lennon Yao-Chung Chang

25. Policing and Prosecution
Petter Gottschalk

Heritage Crime
26. Legal Perspectives
Janet Ulph

27. Criminological Perspectives
Samuel Andrew Hardy

28. Policing and Prosecution
Kenneth Polk and Duncan Chappell

Part III: Transnational Crimes in Regional Perspectives
29. Transnational Crime in the European Union
Efthymios Papastavridis and Aikaterini Grymaneli

30. Transnational Crime in the Meuse-Rhine Euroregion
Maaike Peters

31. Transnational Crime in ex-Soviet Countries
Anton Moiseienko

32. Transnational Crime in Asia: Causes, Effects, Challenges
Emiline Smith

33. Transnational Crime in the African Union
Dominique Mystris

34. Transnational Crime in South America
Rafael Diniz Pucci