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CJC Conference: Policing Of/Through Flows

5 December 2016 - 6 December 2016

Time: 8:45am - 5:00pm
Venue: The Museum of London, 150 London Wall, London EC2Y 5HN

After a very successful first event in Montreal last year, hosted by the International Centre for Comparative Criminology (ICCC) at the Université de Montréal, this year’s Policing Flows Workshop is hosted by the Criminal Justice Centre, Queen Mary University of London, in London on December 5-6, 2016.

The workshop engages with the areas of policing and security research that particularly examine how flows of people, information and goods have influenced policing and/or how policing intervenes with and shapes those flows. Types of transnational flows/policing that could potentially be examined include (but are not limited to), terrorism (foreign fighters), illicit substances, financial flows (e.g. money laundering), migration, data (cybercrime), wildlife (environmental crime) and protected national heritage. The workshop aims to tease out the more theoretical, methodological, epistemological and empirical approaches to studying policing of flows and through flows.

Conference programme

Day one

08:45–09:15 Registration and coffee

09:15–09:30 Welcome

  • Valsamis Mitsilegas, Head of Department of Law and Co-Director of the Criminal Justice Centre, QMUL
  • Saskia Hufnagel, Co-Director of the Criminal Justice Centre, QMUL.

09:30–11:00 Session 1: Policing Perspectives

Chair: Benoît Dupont (Université de Montréal)

  • David Bright (Deakin University) and Chad Whelan (UNSW Australia): ‘Fusion centres as security networks: Exploring the relational properties of networked intelligence systems’
  • Jade Lindley and Erika J Techera (University of Western Australia): ‘Controlling IUU through Problem-Oriented Policing’.

11:00–11:30 Coffee Break

11:30–13:00 Session 2: Criminological Perspectives

Chair: Marleen Easton (University of Ghent)

  • Martin Nøkleberg (University of Oslo): ‘The history and nature of flows – a criminological perspective’
  • Annette Hübschle-Finch (Environmental Security Observatory, University of Cape Town, and Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime): ‘The role of the transport industry in flows of protected species and their body parts’.

13:00–15:00 Lunch

15:00–16:30 Session 3: Economic Crime and Cybercrime

Chair: Chad Whelan (Deakin University)

  • Vanessa Iafolla (University of Alberta): ‘The policing of financial flows in Canada’s real estate sector’
  • Michael Levi (Cardiff University): ‘Policing illicit financial flows: an activity in search of measurable impacts nationally and globally’
  • Benoît Dupont (Université de Montréal): ‘What the policing of flows looks like upstream, midstream and downstream: three strategies to disrupt the flows of malicious data’.

16:30–18:00 Drinks reception

Day two

09:00–09:30 Coffee

09:30–11:00 Session 1: Violent Crime and Terrorism

Chair: Annette Hübschle-Finch (Environmental Security Observatory, University of Cape Town & Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime)

  • Guy Lamb (University of Cape Town): ‘Policing, firearms flows and the reduction in murder in post-apartheid South Africa’
  • Vasiliki Chalkiadaki (Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law): ‘Foreign fighters in Germany and France: A comparative analysis of legal frameworks and police methods’
  • Saskia Hufnagel (QMUL): ‘Policing and Intelligence Flows in Counter-Terrorism: Current Challenges for European Policing’.

11:00–11:30 Coffee Break

11:30–13:00 Session 2: Policing Spaces

Chair: Vanessa Iafolla (University of Waterloo)

  • Eva Dinchel (University of Ghent), Marleen Easton (University of Ghent), Clifford Shearing (Griffith University), and Philip Stenning (Griffith University): ‘Governing security in ports’
  • Mehari Fisseha (University of Ghent): ‘Challenges of policing migration flows through smart Border technology: Case study of the Mediterranean region’.

13:00–15:00 Lunch

15:00–16:30 Session 3: Immigration Flows

Chair: Saskia Hufnagel (QMUL)

  • Rémi Boivin (Université de Montréal): ‘Visitor inflows and crime in a large city’
  • Anna Sergi (University of Essex): ‘Cultural differences or cultural bias? Policing the Calabrian ‘ndrangheta in Australia’.

16:30–16:45 Closing remarks


For directions to the venue, please refer to the map.

How to book

To register for this event, please visit our e-shop. Registration closes 1 December 2016.

Conference fee

  • QMUL students: Free
  • Other attendees: £20.


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