Journal special issue – Trends in Organised Crime
Against a background of continuing growth in the volume of serious and organised crime (SOC) in the United Kingdom (UK), the 2019 report of the National Crime Agency points to a systemic failure of the police in tackling this issue, as well as to increasing concerns with the current impact on UK society:
“SOC affects more UK citizens, more frequently than any other national security threat. It has a daily impact on citizens, public services, businesses, institutions, national reputation and infrastructure. SOC is estimated to cost the UK economy at least £37bn a year” (NCA, 2019: 4).
Given the transnational nature of SOC and the level of international security cooperation currently in place to address this phenomenon, the departure of the UK from the European Union (EU) is only expected to worsen the situation. Since the Maastricht Treaty, the UK has been developing a system of opt-ins and opt-outs that has allowed it to substantially benefit from and contribute to the development of European measures aimed at tackling organised crime, at the same time as it has enabled the country to avoid taking part in measures which are perceived as not aligned with its national interests. Well-known examples of instruments and mechanisms the UK takes part in include the European Arrest Warrant – aimed at harmonising extradition procedures-, the Schengen Information System – a database for the purpose of border management and law enforcement-, and Europol – the EU’s law enforcement agency. Brexit has the potential to substantially reduce the capacity of the UK to address organised crime by limiting its access to crucial instruments and databases, as well as decreasing its influence over EU decision-making in this area.
Bearing this background in mind, the present call for papers invites expressions of interest covering one or more of the following topics for the purpose of submitting a special issue proposal to the journal Trends in Organised Crime:
- How is Brexit likely to shape SOC trends?
- How are policy and legal responses likely to be impacted?
- What form and depth of cooperation could be achieved in future negotiations covering the issue of serious and organised crime? What political, legal and operational obstacles do you foresee?
- How can the fight against SOC be conceptualised and imagined beyond EU Justice and Home Affairs' instruments and policies?
- How can the UK continue to serve as an influential actor in the fight against SOC from an external position?
- How is the governance of Brexit impacting on the current security relations between the UK and the EU?