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Transnational and Environmental Crime

3. The Development of Transnational Policing

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In this lecture, we think about the development of transnational policing from the early twentieth century to the present day, focusing in particular on: (i) what transnational crime is, and the reasons for its increase over the previous century – and especially in the last thirty years; (ii) the 'problem of knowing', i.e. the issues surrounding how much we actually know about transnational crime; (iii) the key scholarly work on the rise of transnational policing – Fosdick 1969, Bayley 1975, 1979; (iv) the work of Fijnaut (1997) and the development of transnational policing prior to the First World War; (v) the creation of the International Criminal Police Commission (ICPC) after the Second World War – later known as Interpol; (vi) the development of Interpol, its four core functions, and the areas in which it works; and (vii) the developments in Interpol's work from the 1990s onwards, particularly in relation to the so-called 'war on drugs'.

– D. H. Bayley, 'The police and political developments in Europe', in C. Tilley (ed.), The Formations of Nation States in Europe (1975), pp. 328-79
– D. H. Bayley, 'Police function, structure and control in western Europe and North America: comparative historical studies' in N. Morris and M. Tonry (eds.), Crime and Justice: An Annual Review of Research (1979), pp. 109-43
– R. B. Fosdick, European Police Systems (1969)
– C. Fijnaut, 'The International Police Commission and the fight against communism, 1923-45' in M. Mazower (ed.), The Policing of Politics in the Twentieth Century (1997), pp. 107-28


In this course, Professor Tanya Wyatt (Northumbria University) explores transnational and environmental crime. In the first lecture, we think about globalisation and the emergence of global crime. In the second lecture, we explore the links between capitalism and crime. In the third lecture, we turn to the development of transnational policing. Next, we look at transitional policing today. In the fifth lecture, we begin to explore the concept of green criminology. In the sixth and final lecture, we look at some concrete examples of green crimes.


Dr Tanya Wyatt is a Professor of Criminology specialising in green criminology. Her expertise centres on wildlife crime and trafficking, non-human animal abuse and welfare and the intersections of organised crime, corporate crime, and corruption. Other research interests are crimes of the powerful, particularly industrial agriculture and pollution.

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