Times has a go at Bulgarians, Romanians and cheap air travel. I suppose the Murdoch press will be supporting UKIP in the next election?

Wainwright interviewed and appears to be alleging that Easyjet facilitates Romanian and Bulgarian card skimmers flying in in the morning and off home in the evening. Hmmmm….wonder if he’s ever flown budget airline? Easyjet should be consulting their lawyers!


ECPR General Conference Bordeaux 5-7 September 2013

Standing Group on Organised Crime Section

We are extremely happy to inform you that a Standing Group section entitled “Transnational Organised Crime in a Globalised World” has been accepted for the ECPR General conference, which will take place in Bordeaux from the 5th to the 7th of September 2013. It will be composed of 9 panels on the following topics:

Transnational organized crime and terrorism

Chair: Bill Tupman
Co- chair: Liz Campbell
The distinction between terrorism and organised crime has increasingly been blurred by governments and policy makers in order to escape due process in investigation and prosecution, and justify national security approaches, that involve suspending human rights. This panel wishes to look at whether the gloablization of reponses has genuinely reflected globalization in the nature of terrorism and organised crime?

Transnational organised crime, corruption, and state infiltration
Chair: Anna Sergi
Co- Chair: Anita Lavorgna
This panel looks at an analysis of the links between corruption and organised crime, in particular the way in which organised crime groups exploit state institutions, affect voting processes and move away from violent street crimes, either in traditional crime settings and in new trends of white collar crime.

Transnational organised crime and “Gangster Politics”
Chair: Panos Kostakos
Co- chair: Petr Kupka
Why is it that politicians behave like gangsters and gangsters like politicians? In order to better understand the linkages between organised crime, politicsand economics (legitimacy vs. legality), this panel will extrapolate and explore theoretical and behavioral synergies between the licit and illicit worlds.

Organised crime in cyberspace: governing, controlling and exploring cyber crime activities
Chair: Helena Carrapico
Co- chair: Javier Argomaniz
Given modern societies’ increased reliance on borderless and decentralized information technologies, cyberspace has been identified as an easy target for actors such as organised criminals, hacktivists or terrorist networks. Such analysis has been accompanied by governmental calls to step up the fight against unlawful online activities, namely through increased cooperation among law enforcement authorities, the approximation of legislations, and public- private partnerships. This panel welcomes papers exploring cyber crime activities and methods, as well as their control by governmental and/ or international actors.

Transnational organised crime and criminal mobility
Chair: Felia Allum
Co- chair:Helena Carrapico
This panel seeks to understand and analyse the different forms of groups, marketsand activities involved in criminal mobility. It will seek to analyse the different dynamics and logics behind criminal mobility in order to develop some theoretical and practical considerations as to how to understand it better and fight it more efficiently.

Transnational organised crime and human trafficking
Chair: Jon Spencer
Co- chair: Laura Requena Espada
The moving of people across borders illegally is organised in different forms ( people smuggling, facilitationand trafficking). To understand the dynamics of the illegal movement of people, this panel wishes to explore the different forms of how such crimes are organised and sustained.

“It’s all about the money”: Exploring the inter-relation between transnational organised crime and the economic crisis
Chair: Yuliya Zabyelina
Co- chair: Benjamin Farrand
The global economic crisis has limited the ability of the State to provide for the economic and social well-being of its citizens, particularly as a result of austerity measures. As often happens, where social and economic needs are not fulfilled by legitimate enterprise or State function, organised crime steps in to accommodate these needs. This panels seeks to analyse the impact that the global economic crisis has had on organised crime activities and to explore organised crime groups’ strategies of adaptation to the current economic context.

The internal/ external continuum in transnational organised crime
Chair: Francesca Longo
Co- Chair: Daniela Irrera
The panel aims at investigating the implication of the external dimension of JHA for the European security concept with particular focus on the reliance of the TOC issue in the process of interlinking EU domestic and external security.

Putting OC in place: How situational crime prevention can inform enhanced policy design
Chair: Anita Lavorgna
Co-Chair: Falko Ernst
Departing from the local- and sphere-specific constitution of OC-phenomena, we examine how revisited models of situational crime prevention can pertinently inform policy approaches to traditional as well as novel forms of OC.


Its nice to have figures, but it would be much more helpful if we could dig a little deeper into the data. How many of these people use anti-virus software for example? Which banks ar hit most often? etc. etc.

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