We invite applicants to submit their high-quality papers for the Transnational and Organized Crime stream.

Transnational organized crime is a socio-political construct that emerged on government agendas in the 1990s and has since become established as a national security and international security ‘threat’. Activities associated with transnational organized crime are many and varied but primarily consist of various types of smuggling – drugs and people being the most reported types of contraband. This is also true of the perpetrators - organized criminals are also many and varied. They can be producers, refiners, distributors, importers, exporters, wholesalers, retailers, pushers, financiers and enforcers who often have ‘upper world’ allies such as corrupt police officers, politicians, customs officials, judges or bankers. Transnational criminal activities continue to evolve and respond to opportunities resulting from globalisation and technological advances. Local, regional, national and international law enforcement efforts are therefore continuously challenged. 

An Interdisciplinary Workshop:

  • The stream aims to bring together a wide range of academics from various disciplines including law, history, criminology, politics and sociology to discuss transnational organized crime in a holistic manner.

  • We welcome submissions from all areas of academic research. The flexibility of this stream means that we can enhance and develop engaging, critical and stimulating dialogue on the topic.

  • We welcome papers from those who are researching organized crime issues where the activity remains a national problem, for example county lines drug trafficking.

  • The overriding aim of the stream is to explore the concepts and trends which characterise transnational organized crime. We expect papers that raise clear and crisp socio-legal questions concerning transnational organized crime and offer concrete, innovative solutions to the problems.

  • Submissions will be peer reviewed by the stream convenors. The successful authors of the selected papers will then be contacted and invited to present at the conference.

For further details concerning the stream on Transnational Organized Crime, please contact the convenor: Dr Mary Young:


Mary Alice Young  (  and Simon Sneddon (