An Introduction to Transnational Criminal Law

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  • Copyright: 2012-11-08
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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The suppression of cross-border criminal activity has become a major global concern.An Introduction to Transnational Criminal Lawexamines how states, acting together, are responding to these forms of criminality through a combination of international treaty obligations and national criminal laws. Multilateral 'suppression conventions' oblige states parties to criminalize a broad range of activities including drug trafficking, terrorism, transnational organized crime, corruption, and money laundering, and to provide for different types of international procedural cooperation like extradition and mutual legal assistance in regard to these offences. Usually regarded as a sub-set of international criminal justice, this system of law is beginning to receive greater attention as a subject in its own right as the scale of the criminal threat and the complexity of synergyzing the criminal laws of different states is more fully understood. The book is divided into three parts. Part A asks and attempts to answer what is transnational crime and what is transnational criminal law? Part B explores a selection of substantive transnational crimes from piracy through to cybercrime. Part C examines the main procedural mechanisms involved in establishing jurisdiction and then the exercise of jurisdiction through the effective investigation and prosecution of transnational crimes. Finally, Part D looks at the implementation of transnational criminal law and the prospects for transnational criminal justice. Until recently this system of law has been largely the domain of professionals.An Introduction to Transnational Criminal Lawprovides a comprehensive introduction designed to fill that gap.

Author Biography

Professor Neil Boister teaches Criminal Law, Transnational Criminal Law, International Criminal Law, and International Law at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. His principal research interest is the suppression of transnational crime through international law. He has written numerous articles on the subject. Neil Boister works as a consultant for NGOs in the area of the legal regulation of transnational crime and is currently involved in the development of a Protocol on the Illicit Trade in Tobacco. Finally, he is also the author of a number of pieces in international criminal law strict sensu, including The Tokyo International Military Tribunal, A Reappraisal (Oxford: OUP, 2008) (together with Professor Cryer).

Table of Contents

Part A: Introduction
1. What is Transnational Crime?
2. What is Transnational Criminal Law?
Part B: Crimes
3. Piracy and Modern Maritime Offences
4. Slavery, Human Trafficking, and Migrant Smuggling
5. Drug Trafficking
6. Terrorism
7. Transnational Organised Crime
8. Corruption
9. Money Laundering
10. Emerging Transnational Crimes
11. General Part of Transnational Crime
Part C: Enforcement
12. Jurisdiction
13. International Law Enforcement Cooperation
14. International Law Enforcement Cooperation at Sea
15. The Anti-Money Laundering Regime
16. Legal Assistance
17. Legal Assistance in Asset Recovery
18. Extradition of Transnational Criminals
Part D: Conclusion
19. Implementation
20. Towards Transnational Criminal Justice

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