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Organized crime and gang violence in national and international law

30-06-2010 Article, International Review of the Red Cross, No. 878, by Pierre Hauck and Sven Peterke

Although they are not new, states only recently began to perceive organized crime and gang violence as serious threats to public security. This article outlines the difficulties of dealing adequately in legal terms with these phenomena and analyses the different approaches adopted so far at the national and international level.

 

Dr. jur. Pierre Hauck LL.M. (Sussex) is assistant professor (Akademischer Rat) in the department for criminal law, criminal procedure, and comparative criminal law (Chair, Prof. Dr.Walter Gropp) at Justus Liebig University Giessen, Germany. Professor Dr. jur. Sven Peterke M.A. teaches political science and public international law at the Centre for Juridical Sciences (CCJ), Federal University of Paraíba (UFPB), Brazil. 

Abstract 
Organized crime and gang violence are global phenomena that often emerge in urban areas. Although they are not new, states only recently began to perceive them as serious threats to public security. Laws specifically designed to combat them have consequently been enacted. This article outlines the difficulties of dealing adequately in legal terms with these phenomena and analyses the different approaches adopted so far at the national and international level.






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