Call for papers Green Crimes and Ecojustice Conference 2023

On 25 and 26 May 2023, the Green Crimes and Ecojustice conference will take place. We cordially invite you to submit an individual paper or a panel to participate in the conference.

In recent decades, environmental crime has become one of the largest criminal activities in the world with disastrous impacts on the environment, and enormous costs for future generations. The environmental impact is illustrated by the rapid disappearance of rainforests, large-scale pollution, climate change, and the mass extinction of species. Environmental crime has become a global issue, and thus needs to be anticipated in social and scientific thinking. The studies of green criminology, environmental sociology, environmental law, political ecology, and conservation studies, among other disciplines, are increasingly engaged with crimes and harms against the environment. Bringing together and combining these approaches is crucial to understand and reflect on the environmental challenges that we face in the 21st century.

The Green Crimes & Ecojustice conference will take place at Utrecht University, the Netherlands, on May 25 and 26, 2023. The conference will provide a unique opportunity for researchers from different disciplines from around the globe to present and discuss their work. Therefore, we cordially invite you to submit an individual paper or a panel consisting of four presentations maximum. Abstracts of papers should have a maximum of 300 words. For panel proposals, please submit the entire set of abstracts.

Registration for the conference is free of charge.

Thematically, the focus will be on various topics related to green crimes, including, but not limited to:

  • Theoretical perspectives on green criminology
  • Ecocentric developments of law
  • Deforestation and environmental degradation
  • Climate change and criminogenic consequences
  • Illegal wildlife trade
  • Waste and pollution
  • Non-Speciesism and Animal abuse
  • Global north-south dynamics in conservation
  • Indigenous knowledge and ecocentrism
  • Water, oceans and environmental crime
  • Ecocide
  • Landgrabbing and biopiracy
  • Organised environmental crime
  • Greenwashing
  • Corporate environmental crime
  • Green laundering
  • Treadmill of crime and ecological disorganization
  • Neocolonialism, green militarization and conservation

Please submit your abstract before February 1, 2023 by email to

By the end of February 2023 all applicants will be notified on whether their proposal has been accepted.

This conference is supported by RENFORCE, the Utrecht Centre for Regulation and Enforcement in Europe.