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Transnational Policing and Human Rights - LAWS8013
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Faculty: Faculty of Law
School:  Faculty of Law
Course Outline: See below
Campus: Kensington Campus
Career: Postgraduate
Units of Credit: 6
EFTSL: 0.12500 (more info)
Indicative Contact Hours per Week: 2
Enrolment Requirements:
Pre-requisite: Academic Program must be 9200 or 9210 or 9230 or 5740 or 9211 or 5211 or 9220 or 5750 or 9285 or 5285.
Excluded: JURD7506, JURD7713, LAWS8106
CSS Contribution Charge:Band 1 (more info)
Further Information: See Class Timetable


This course critically analyses recent developments in the policing of transnational organised crime. It examines the evolution of the UN Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime and the continuum of state sponsored 'wars' of enforcement against drug trafficking; human smuggling and trafficking; and terrorism. The many human rights dimensions of transnational policing, highlighted by issues such as the death penalty and indefinite detention, are considered in the context of a changing global political economy. The subject matter of this course is the focus of growing research by criminologists and should be of interest to students from a wide range of disciplines and professional backgrounds.

LLM Specialisation

Recommended Prior Knowledge


Course Objectives

  • Critically analyse the growth of transnational policing
  • Develop an understanding of how concepts of human rights might be relevant to criminology
  • Contribute to inter-disciplinary research into an expanding area of policing
  • Contribute to the development of critical criminological perspectives in areas such as risk, national security, victims and state crime

Main Topics

  • What is transnational organized crime?
  • The policing of transnational organized crime
  • The War on Drugs
  • The War on Human Smuggling/Trafficking
  • The War on Terror
  • Criminological Perspectives


Class Participation 10%;
Essay synopsis and presentation 20%
Research essay (5,000 words) 70%

Course Texts

There is no text that provides a suitable overview of the subject matter. The course therefore will be taught using prepared materials.


  • Peter Andreas & Ethan Nadelmann (2006) Policing the Globe, Oxford University Press.
  • Michael Grewcock (2009) Border Crimes, Institute of Criminology Press.


Refer to Course Outline provided by lecturer at the beginning of session.

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