The Disruption of International Organised Crime: An Analysis of Legal and Non-Legal Strategies, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

The Disruption of International Organised Crime

An Analysis of Legal and Non-Legal Strategies, 1st Edition

By Angela Veng Mei Leong


292 pages

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Analyzing the structures of transnational organized crime, this book considers whether traditional mechanisms and national jurisdictions can tackle this increasing menace. Highlighting the strengths and weaknesses in the present methods of control, the book discusses the possibilities of developing more effective national and international strategies, the creation of non-legal mechanisms outside the traditional criminal justice system and the implications of 'disruption strategies'. The roles of law enforcement officers, tax investigators, financial intelligence officers, compliance officers, lawyers and accountants - in enforcing both civil and criminal sanctions on organized crime - are also considered.


'Dr Leong argues convincingly that almost all attempts to combat international organized crime in the past several decades should be considered abject failures. Her critical analysis of the traditional legal response to organized crime utilized by most Western countries - using control measures within the existing criminal law - makes for particularly sobering reading.' Law Society Journal

Table of Contents

Contents: Foreword, Barry A.K. Rider; Preface; Introduction; Organised crime: definition and theoretical analysis; Criminal finance: money laundering and terrorist financing; Traditional law enforcement response to organised crime; Traditional legal response to organised crime; Controlling organised crime: the traditional criminal justice system; Controlling organised crime: the new perspectives; Legal implications and efficacy of 'disruption strategies'; Conclusions and policy implications: the way forward; Bibliography; Index.

About the Author

Dr Angela V. M. Leong, formerly a Researcher for the Treasury Select Committee, House of Commons and an Accredited Financial Investigator for the Assets Recovery Agency, is a frequent speaker on subjects relating to organised crime, money laundering, terrorist financing, economic and financial crime, civil recovery and confiscation legislation. She writes regularly for the Journal of Financial Crime, Journal of Money Laundering Control, The Company Lawyer and other publications. She is currently a Consultant to the European Commission AGIS Project on Organised Crime Infiltration and Insider Fraud. She is also an Associate Research Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London; an Associate Fellow of the Centre for Criminology at the University of Hong Kong; an International Expert for the Hong Kong Civil Forfeiture Research Project funded by the Central Policy Unit of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region; a Fellow and Adviser for the International Compliance Association; a Secretariat for the Cambridge International Symposium on Economic Crime at Jesus College, University of Cambridge, and a Member of the Institute of Professional Investigators.

About the Series

International and Comparative Criminal Justice

International and Comparative Criminal Justice
This series explores the new and rapidly developing field of international and comparative criminal justice and engages with its most important emerging themes and debates. It focuses on three interrelated aspects of scholarship which go to the root of understanding the nature and significance of international criminal justice in the broader context of globalization and global governance. These include: the theoretical and methodological problems posed by the development of international and comparative criminal justice; comparative contextual analysis; the reciprocal relationship between comparative and international criminal justice and contributions which endeavor to build understandings of global justice on foundations of comparative contextual analysis.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / Jurisprudence