Organized Crime in the Balkans

Organized Crime in the Balkans in Europe

Patterns of Organized Crime in the Balkans

Hans-Jörg Albrecht, from the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law, made a contribution to the 2012 Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology, in the category “Criminological Theory, Research and Education,” under the title “Patterns of Organized Crime in the Balkans”. Here is the abstract: The presentation will briefly discuss general issues of regional criminological research into organized crime and then focus on the specific patterns of organized crime in the Balkans and its potential causes. The fall of communism in the Balkans, ethnic conflict in former Yugoslavia, the new allocation of state-wealth and its accumulation by the 'new elite' usually strongly connected to or part of the criminal underworld, as well as weak states and corrupt justice systems, are just some of the conditions encountered in the region. This seems to be fertile ground for organized criminal groups to operate in and for illegal markets as well as informal economies to grow.


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Further Reading

  • “Patterns of Organized Crime in the Balkans”, by Hans-Jörg Albrecht (Proceedings)

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