1st Edition

Policing Global Regions The Legal Context of Transnational Law Enforcement Cooperation

By Saskia Hufnagel Copyright 2021
    334 Pages
    by Routledge

    334 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book provides a stocktake and comparative socio-legal analysis of law enforcement cooperation strategies in four different regions of the world: the European Union (EU), North America, Greater China and Australasia.

    The work analyses law enforcement cooperation mechanisms within the socio-legal framework of global normmaking. The strategies addressed range from legal frameworks facilitating cooperation to formal and informal police networks and cooperation practices. The study also takes into account crime-specific engagement, for example campaigns focusing on drug crimes, terrorism, financial crime, kidnappings and other offences. It explores challenges in policing practice and human rights protection in each region that could be countered by existing strategies in another. As regions usually develop more advanced cooperation mechanisms than exist at a global scale, strategies found in the former could help find solutions for the latter. To map existing strategies and assess their impact on both human rights and policing practice this study relies on an assessment of the primary and secondary literature sources in each region as well as interviews with practitioners ranging from senior police officers to prosecutors, government officials, customs and military staff.

    This book presents a valuable resource for academics and postgraduate students, as well as policing and criminal justice practitioners, government officials and policy makers.

    Chapter 1 Police cooperation in legal and political diversity;

    Chapter 2 Policing in the context of global, regional and transnational normmaking: Theories and practice;

    Chapter 3 Legal regulation of gobal policing: A tight patchwork?;

    Chapter 4 European Union police cooperation: Normmaking between peers?;

    Chapter 5 Cooperative policing in Australasia: Two big fish in a small pond;

    Chapter 6 Law enforcement cooperation in Greater China: One country, four systems?;

    Chapter 7 Law Enforcement in North America: Police cooperation at the borders of a superpower;

    Chapter 8 Globalising cross-border law enforcement regulation;


    Saskia Hufnagel is a senior lecturer in Criminal Law and co-director of the Criminal Justice Centre at Queen Mary University of London.

    The literature on international police cooperation has been growing exponentially over the last few decades but there is nothing quite like Saskia Hufnagel’s new book, Policing Global Regions. It compares the approach to transnational police cooperation in four very different jurisdictions, in order to get a sense of what is happening at the global level. The book’s particular focus is on the role of law in transnational police cooperation, and whether it hinders or supports closer cooperation. A product of intensive research, Policing Global Regions is empirically rich, and will be richly rewarding to all those interested in transnational police cooperation.

    Neil Boister, Professor of Law and Head of School, University of Canterbury.