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Policing Transnational Crime

Law Enforcement of Criminal Flows, 1st Edition

Edited by Saskia Hufnagel, Anton Moiseienko


240 pages

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Hardback: 9780815354635
pub: 2020-05-13
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As the threats posed by organised crime and terrorism persist, law enforcement authorities remain under pressure to suppress the movement, or flows, of people and objects that are deemed dangerous. This collection provides a broad overview of the challenges and trends of the policing of flows. How these threats are constructed and addressed by governments and law enforcement agencies is the unifying thread of the book. The concept of flows is interpreted broadly so as to include the trafficking of illicit substances, wildlife trade, and legal and illegal migration, including cross-border travel by members of organised crime groups or ‘foreign fighters’. The book focuses especially on the responses of governments and law enforcement agencies to the changing nature and intensity of flows. The contributors comprise a mixture of lawyers, sociologists, historians and criminologists who address both formal legal and practical, on-the-ground approaches to the policing of flows.

The volume invites reflection on whether the existing tool kit of governments and law enforcement agencies is adequate in this changing environment and how it could be modernised, for example, by increased reliance on technology or by reappraising the role of the private sector. As such, the book will be useful not only for academics and practitioners who work on security-related matters, but also more generally to those who are interested in what the near-term future of policing is likely to look like and how the balance between law enforcement on the one hand and human rights and civil liberties on the other can be achieved.

Table of Contents

Setting the Scene;

  1. ‘Introduction’ by Saskia Hufnagel and Anton Moiseienko;
  2. ‘The History and Nature of Flows: An Exploration of the Continuity and Changes of the Policing of Flows from the 16th to the 21st Century’ by Martin Nøkleberg;
  3. Flows of Goods;

  4. ‘Going with the Flow: Comparative Research on Transnational Port Security’ by Eva Dinchel and Marleen Easton;
  5. ‘Controlling IUU Fishing through Problem-Oriented Policing’ by Jade Lindley and Erika Techera;
  6. ‘"You just have to wear it": Trafficking of metal-detected antiquities from South-East Asia’ by Samuel Hardy;
  7. Flows of People;

  8. ‘Challenges of Policing Migration Flows through Smart Border Technology: Case Study of the Mediterranean Region’ by Mehari Fisseha;
  9. ‘Cultural Differences or Cultural Bias? Towards a Project on the Policing of the Calabrian ‘Ndrangheta Abroad’ by Anna Sergi;
  10. ‘Foreign Fighters in Germany and France: A Comparative Analysis of Legal Frameworks and Police Methods’ by Vasiliki Chalkiadaki;
  11. Law Enforcement Techniques;

  12. ‘Policing and Intelligence Flows in Counter-Terrorism: Current Challenges for European Policing’ by Saskia Hufnagel;
  13. ‘Fusion Centres as Security Networks: Exploring the Relational Properties of Networked Intelligence Systems’ by David Bright and Chad Whelan;
  14. ‘Value of Transparency: The Role of Beneficial Ownership Registers in Tackling Crime’ by Anton Moiseienko;
  15. ‘Conclusions’ by Saskia Hufnagel and Anton Moiseienko;

About the Editors

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

Anton Moiseienko is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Financial Crime & Security Studies of the Royal United Services Institute, London. He holds a PhD in law from Queen Mary University of London. His research interests include economic crime, international law and cybercrime.

About the Series

Transnational Criminal Justice

Transnational Criminal Justice

The concept of ‘transnational criminal justice’ has frequently been interpreted in the academic literature as ‘international criminal justice’ or ‘global criminal justice’. Many publications that use the term ‘transnational’ therefore discuss international criminal justice and international legal frameworks. Another form of studies that has developed under the umbrella of transnationality in the field of criminal law is comparative. There has hence been a move from the terminology of ‘international’, ‘global’ and ‘comparative’ criminal justice towards ‘transnational’ criminal justice.

This series considers these developments, but focuses primarily on publications that adhere to a more literal interpretation of the term ‘transnational’. The aim of the series is to provide a forum for discussion of bilateral and multilateral relationships between nations in the field of criminal justice. International law influences these relationships, but is not the focus here. Equally, to explain transnational relationships, comparative analyses are required. While incorporating comparative studies in this series, their aim is the explanation of challenges to criminal justice cooperation in bilateral or multilateral relationships.


Saskia Hufnagel is a qualified German legal professional and accredited specialist in criminal law. She currently works as Lecturer in Criminal Law at Queen Mary University of London. She previously worked as a Research Fellow at the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security, Griffith University, Australia, and was a Leverhulme Fellow at the University of Leeds. Her main research areas encompass law enforcement cooperation in Asia, North America, the EU and Australasia, comparative constitutional and human rights law with a focus on terrorism legislation and emergency management and the policing of art crime. Her monograph Policing Cooperation Across Borders: Comparative Perspectives on Law Enforcement within the EU and Australia (Ashgate) was published in 2013. Saskia was awarded an LL.M. (2004) and a PhD in Law (2011) by the Australian National University.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / General
LAW / Administrative Law & Regulatory Practice
LAW / Comparative
LAW / Constitutional
LAW / Criminal Law / General
LAW / Emigration & Immigration
LAW / Judicial Power
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Criminology