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Part II Crimes, 8 Transnational Organized Crime

From: An Introduction to Transnational Criminal Law (2nd Edition)

Neil Boister

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 24 June 2024

Organized crime — Corruption

The legal response at an international level to the threat of transnational organized crime has been plagued by difficulty in deciding on an appropriate target: the ‘king pins’ involved in diverse forms of transnational crime, the suppression of criminal activities that criminal organizations become involved in, or pursuit of the organizations themselves. This chapter explores the nature of transnational organized crime and the failure of efforts to settle on a definition. It then turns to the substitute adopted at an international level—the notion of an ‘organized criminal group’, and examines how it serves as the lynchpin of a set of offences developed to try to counter transnational organized crime.

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