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Fourth Queen Mary – Renmin Criminal Justice Conference: Transnational Crime

1 December 2016 - 2 December 2016

Time: 8:45am - 7:00pm
Venue: The Law Society, 113 Chancery Ln, London WC2A 1P

This event is the fourth in a series of annual conferences on Criminal Justice organised jointly by QMUL's Criminal Justice Centre and Renmin University (Beijing, China). The last conference took place at Renmin University in September 2015 and focused on corruption in China and Europe.

This year’s follow-up conference will bring together experts from China and Europe to discuss the impact of transnational crime, and more specifically environmental crime, cybercrime and cultural heritage crime on national, regional and international economies.

Conference programme

Day one (1 December)

08:45–09:15 - Registration and Coffee

09:15–09:30 - Welcome

  • Valsamis Mitsilegas (Head of Department of Law, QMUL)
  • Shi Yanan (Professor of Law, Renmin Law School).

09:30–11:00 - Session 1: Transnational Crime and Substantive Criminal Law

Chair: Toine Spapens (Professor of Criminology, Tilburg Law School, Netherlands)

  • Valsamis Mitsilegas (Professor of European Criminal Law, QMUL): ‘Transnational Criminal Law and the Global Rule of Law’
  • Saskia Hufnagel (Lecturer in Criminology, QMUL): ‘International police cooperation and the boundaries of domestic criminal law’
  • Shi Yanan (Professor of Law, Renmin Law School): ‘An Introduction to the Draft of China Cyber Security Law’
  • Emmanouil Billis (Senior Researcher, Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law): ‘Expression Crimes and Creation and Protection of Historical Memory by Means of Criminal Law: International, European, Transnational, and Transitional Justice Perspectives’.

11:00–11:30 - Coffee Break

11:30–13:00 - Session 2: International Cooperation in Combating Transnational Crime

Chair: Grazia Maria Vagliasindi (Senior Research Fellow, University of Catania, Italy)

  • Wei Xiaona (Professor of Law, Renmin Law School): ‘Status Quo and Problems of MLA of China’
  • Deng Jinting (Assistant Professor, Renmin Law School): ‘On International Collaboration on Anticorruption From a View of Obstacles of Identification and Investigation of Transnational Corruption’
  • Adrian Leiva (Senior Lecturer in Criminology, UNSW Australia) and David Bright (Senior Lecturer in Criminology, UNSW Australia): ‘The Transplantation of Australian Organised Crime’
  • Anton Moiseienko (PhD Candidate, QMUL): ‘Repatriation of the proceeds of corruption and the UN Convention against Corruption’.

13:00–15:00 - Lunch

15:00–16:00 - Keynote speech

  • Rudi Fortson QC (Barrister, 25 Bedford Row)

16:00–17:30 - Session 3: Heritage Crime

Chair: Saskia Hufnagel (Senior Lecturer in Criminology, QMUL)

  • Sam Hardy (Research Associate, University College London): ‘Transnational organisation of disorganised crime: netnography and open-source analysis of metal detecting and antiquities trafficking’
  • Janet Ulph (Professor of Law, Leicester Law School): ‘Regulation and the peculiar challenges of the art trade’
  • Naomi Oosterman (PhD Candidate & Lecturer, City University London): ‘From canvas to ashes: An empirical understanding of the implications of the Kunsthal and Westfries Museum heists for the Dutch art world’
  • John Kerr (Lecturer in Criminology, University of Roehampton): ‘The Problem of Cultural Heritage Crime: Different Approaches to Policing the Threat’.

17:30–19:00 - Drinks reception

19:00–21:00 - Conference dinner for invited guests

Day two (2 December)

09:00–09:30 - Coffee

09:30–11:15 - Session 1: Environmental Crime

Chair: Valsamis Mitsilegas (Professor of European Criminal Law, QMUL)

  • Toine Spapens (Professor of Criminology, Tilburg Law School, Netherlands): ‘Preventing illicit waste export from the Netherlands to China’
  • Grazia Maria Vagliasindi (Senior Research Fellow, University of Catania, Italy): ‘Targeting economic drivers, actors and impacts of transnational environmental crime through a multifaceted approach’
  • Chen Xuan (Professor of Law, Renmin Law School: ‘Challenges in Investigating and Prosecuting Environment Crimes in China’
  • Annette Hübschle-Finch (Research Fellow, University of Cape Town & Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime): ‘Embedded markets: Grey, legal and illegal wildlife markets’.

11:15–11:45 Coffee Break

11:45–13:30 Session 2: National and Regional Approaches to Transnational Crime

Chair: Annette Hübschle-Finch (Research Fellow, University of Cape Town, and Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime)

  • David Bright (Senior Lecturer in Criminology, UNSW Australia) and Chad Whelan (Senior Lecturer in Criminology, Deakin University, Australia): ‘Taking stock of fusion centres in Australia: Mapping the terrain across criminal intelligence and law enforcement’
  • David Bright (Senior Lecturer in Criminology, UNSW Australia) and Felia Allum (Lecturer in History, University of Bath): ‘Illuminating criminal networks that traffic illicit commodities between Europe and the Asia-Pacific’
  • Vanessa Iafolla (Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Alberta, Canada): ‘The identification of transnational financial crimes in Canada’s real estate sector’
  • Jade Lindley (Lecturer in Law, of Western Australia) and Erika Techera, (Professor of Law, University of Western Australia): ‘Motivators for IUU fishing in the Indo-Pacific’.

13:30–15:00 - Lunch

15:00–16:45 - Session 3: Cyber Crime

Chair: Shi Yanan (Professor of Law, Renmin Law School)

  • Ian Walden (Professor of Law, QMUL): ‘Cybercrime Investigations: Going beyond Mutual Legal Assistance’
  • Petter Gottschalk (Professor, BI Norwegian Business School): ‘Transnational Cybercrime and Cybercrime by Transnational Criminal Organizations’.

16:45–17:00 - Closing remarks


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

How to book

Registration for this event has now closed. 

Conference fee

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


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