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Twenty years by hindsight and foresight

Cross-Border Crime Colloquium at Utrecht University

Cervantes Instituut Utrecht
Cervantes Institute, Utrecht, the Netherlands

The 20th Cross-border Crime Colloquium Cross-border Crime: twenty years by hindsight and foresight is hosted by the Willem Pompe Institute of Utrecht University. The Cross-border Crime Colloquium is taking place at Cervantes Institute in Utrecht from 26 to 28 May 2019.

The Cross-Border Crime Colloquium is an annual event since 1999. It brings together experts on international organised (economic) crime to discuss the latest developments in empirical research, legislation and law enforcement, with a special geographical focus on Western, Central, and Eastern Europe. The Colloquia aim at building bridges in three respects: between East and West Europe, between scholars and practitioners, and between old and young.

This year it is organised by the Willem Pompe Institute for Criminal Law and Criminology, at Utrecht University.




Sunday 26 May 2019 (Café Hofman, Janskerkhof 17A)

20:30 Welcome drinks

Monday 27 May 2019  (Cervantes Institute, Domplein 3)

8.30   Registration and light breakfast

09.00 – 09.05   Welcome by professor Dina Siegel, Utrecht University.

09.05 – 09.10   Introduction to the Colloquium by Petrus van Duyne

Transnational Organized crime (chair: Petrus van Duyne)

09.10 – 09.30   Serious and organised criminality within seaports (Anna Sergi)

09.30 – 09.50   Organised crime in Romania (Alexandra Neag)

09.50 – 10.10   Organised crime research in Ukraine: myths, realities and lessons for the future (Anna Markovska, Petrus van Duyne and Alexey Serdyuk)

10.10 – 10.30   Organised crime as a part of criminal trends in the CR and criminal trends in  Europe (Miroslav Scheinost)

10.30 – 10.50   From Russia with Love: A critical introduction to Russian and post-Soviet organised crime between myth and reality, fact and fiction, and its trends for the future (Roman Kravtsov, Jurij Novak and Matjaž Jager)

10.50 – 11.10   Russian (-speaking) Organized Crime in Europe (Dina Siegel)

11.10 – 11.20  Discussion

11.20 – 11.50 Coffee/tea break


Gangs (chair: Dr. Daan van Uhm Utrecht University)

11.50 – 12.10   How Not to Tackle Organised Crime at Local Level: UK Organised Crime Groups and UK Local Government Procurement Fraud (Alain Doig and Peter Sproat)

12.10 – 12.30   The so-called ‘undermining criminality’ and the phenomenon of outlaw motorcycles gangs in The Netherlands (Petrus van Duyne and Benny van der Vorm, assistant professor at Utrecht University)

12.30 – 12.50    Outlaw bikers in Germany – a systematic assessment (Klaus von Lampe)

12.50 – 13.00   Discussion

13.10 – 14.00    Lunch break


Green and art crimes (chair: Benny van der Vorm, assistant professor at Utrecht University)

14.00 - 14. 20   Philanthropic criminals in the Netherlands (Toine Spapens)

14.20 – 14.40   Wolf hunting as organized crime (Paul Larsson)

14.40 – 15.00   The diversification of organized crime into environmental crime (Dr. Daan van Uhm, Utrecht University)

15.00 – 15.20    From Africa to Asia: Vietnam's appetite for Ivory and Rhino Horn in a  corrupt world. An anthropological approach (Trang Nguyen)

15.20 – 15.40   From the shovel to the byte. The evolving face of supplying looted antiquities through the usage of technology: the Italian case (Marc Balcells Magrans)

15.40 – 16.00   Cross-border movements of illicit art and antiquities: An EU case study (Saskia Hufnagel)

16.00 – 16.20   Illicit trade in cultural goods (Gabriëlle op ’t Hoog)     

16.20 – 16.30   Discussion

16. 30 – 16. 40 Coffee/tea break


Dirty money I (chair: Anna Markovska)

16.40 – 17.00   A bad penny always turns up. Organised crime in times of counter-terrorism and hybrid warfare (Jelle Janssens and Frauke Wittevrongel)

17.00 – 17.20   Betwixt and between. Examining the evolution of the crime-terror nexus (Sigrid Raets and Jelle Janssens)

17.20 – 17.40               Mining for gold or fishing for red herrings: big data and money laundering (Melvin Soudijn and  W. de Been)

17.40 – 17.50   Discussion

19. 30 Diner  Restaurant Luden (Janskerkhof 10)


Tuesday 28 May 2019 (Cervantes Institute, Domplein 3)

9.00 – Light breakfast

Dirty money II (chair: Klaus von Lampe)

09.30 – 09.50   The Implementation of AML in the Property Market (Colin King and Ilaria      Zavoli)

09.50 – 10.10   Twenty-five years of legislation and law enforcement against money laundering in Germany: facts and opinions (Arthur Hartmann)

10.10 – 10.30   Who are our owners?   Exploring the cross-border ownership links of European businesses to assess the risk of illicit financial flows (Dr. Joras Ferwerda, Utrecht University, Michele Riccardi and Alberto Aziani)

10.30 – 10.50   Money laundering schemes through real estate markets: a systematic review (Emanuele Sclafani and Anita Lavorgna)  

10.50 – 11.10   The oligarchisation of justice in Ukraine. The state as labyrinth (Petrus van Duyne and Brendan Quirke)

11.10 – 11.20 Discussion

11.20 – 11.40 Coffee/tea break


Migration and anti-mafia (chair: professor Dina Siegel, Utrecht University)

11.40 – 12.00   Migration crisis and its threat to European Union’s Eastern borders (Magdalena Perkowska)

12.00 – 12.20   Irregular Immigration towards Italy. A report based on interviews with asylum seekers and refugees in Tuscany and Calabria Regions (Stefano Becucci)

12.20 – 12.40  How Eritreans plan, fund and manage irregular journeys and the extent of involvement of ‘organised crime’ (Joseph Whittle and Georgios Antonopoulos)

12.40 – 13.00   The anti-mafia movement in Italy: gender and generation (Nando Dalla Chiesa)

13.00 – 13.20    Defending Organized Crime: The Case of Italian  Mafia’s Lawyers (Ombretta Ingrasci)

13.20 – 13.30    Discussion

13.30 – 13.40   Closing of the Colloquium


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