Transnational Criminal Law - LAWS8860

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Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2021 to 2022
Autumn Term 7 20 (10) Emily Haslam checkmark-circle


In this module we study the main principles, key institutions, policies and politics of transnational criminal law. We explore selected examples of transnational offending and international legal responses thereto in the light of current theoretical, political and doctrinal debates. We consider transnational crimes and the mechanisms by which states cooperate with each other and with international institutions in order to enforce their domestic criminal law. Some of the key debates considered include: the nature of transnational criminal law as an emerging regime; the relationship between human rights and transnational criminal law; the role of the United Nations Security Council in transnational criminal law and critically the role of the individual in the transnational criminal legal system.


Contact hours

Total study hours: 200
Contact hours: 20
Private study hours: 180


Spring Term

Method of assessment

Essay of no more than 5,000 words (100%)

Indicative reading

• Aas, Globalisation and Crime (Sage, 2013)
• Albanese and Reichel, Transnational Organised Crime: An Overview from 6 countries (2014)
• Anderson, Policing the world: Interpol and the politics of international police cooperation (OUP 1989)
• Boister, An Introduction to Transnational Criminal Law (OUP, 2012)
• Boister and Curry, Routledge Handbook of Transnational Criminal Law (2015)
• Hufnagel, Bronnit and Harfield, Cross Border Law Enforcement: regional law enforcement cooperation – European, Australian and Asia-Pacific Perspectives (Routledge, 2012)
• Obokata, Transnational Organised Crime in International Law (Hart, 2010)
• Reichel and Albanese, Handbook of Transnational Crime and Justice (Sage, 2013)

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

1. Demonstrate systematic knowledge and understanding of the main concepts, principles of, and policy considerations surrounding transnational criminal law through a study of selected areas of transnational criminal law;
2. Critically assess controversial issues or case studies of transnational criminal law in the light of key theoretical and academic perspectives;
3. Critique, current theoretical, political or doctrinal debates in transnational criminal law;
4. Demonstrate comprehensive research into specific issues of transnational criminal law and formulate arguments based on this research into a reasoned opinion.


Stage 1


  1. Credit level 7. Undergraduate or postgraduate masters level module.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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