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Part I General Questions, 1 The Historical Evolution of the International Cooperation against Transnational Organised Crime: An Overview

Frank G. Madsen

From: International Law and Transnational Organised Crime

Edited By: Pierre Hauck, Sven Peterke

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved.date: 23 January 2021

Organized crime — Piracy — Climate change — Environmental disputes

This chapter surveys the development of international criminal police cooperation and notes that originally most crimes now prohibited internationally were sponsored or tacitly allowed by governments. I postulate, using World Society Theory, that developing cooperation is part of global crime governance. In law enforcement cooperation ‘rationalization’ (a core concept of this theory) takes the form of policing technology. Interpol is the only global criminal-police cooperative organisation and, in developing this structure, police professionalism played a more decisive role than political or legal guidance. The chapter looks at three rarely highlighted themes of transnational organised crime (TOC): the relationship between the financial markets and TOC, organ transplants, and environmental or ‘green’ crime, as well as two procedural issues, random data collection and cryptography. The chapter ends by warning about two TOC areasthat will become of increasing concern: illicit disposal of toxic and e-waste, and the health care sector.

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