I am delighted to (somewhat belatedly) announce the publication of a major new book by my friend and TCL colleague, Dr. Neil Boister of the Law Faculty at the University of Canterbury, NZ. The book is entitled An Introduction to Transnational Criminal Law and it is a succinct but comprehensive overview of that body of law that scholars and practitioners are increasingly calling "transnational criminal law."
Anyone who has read my book (esp. chapters 1 and 7) will know that Neil's work has been a huge influence on my own as regards this particular sub-field of international law. His first major shot across the bow was nearly a decade ago, with his important article "Transnational Criminal Law?" (2003) 14 EJIL 953, which thoughtfully presented the case that the lawyers had to catch up with the criminologists in recognizing that transnational crime and the body of law dealing with it did not properly belong under the category of "international criminal law." With this book he is poised to continue bringing order and compelling thinking to bear on the importance, and even necessity, of studying and practicing TCL as a distinct discipline. My hat is off to him.
Below is the publisher's blurb and a list of chapter titles, to whet your appetite. I highly recommend you purchase the book.
The suppression of cross-border criminal activity has become a major global concern. An Introduction to Transnational Criminal Law examines how states, acting together, are responding to these forms of criminality through a combination of international treaty obligations and national criminal laws. Multilateral 'suppression conventions' oblige states parties to criminalise a broad range of activities including drug trafficking, terrorism, transnational organised crime, corruption, and money laundering, and to provide for different types of international procedural cooperation like extradition and mutual legal assistance in regard to these offences. Usually regarded as a sub-set of international criminal justice, this system of law is beginning to receive greater attention as a subject in its own right as the scale of the criminal threat and the complexity of synergyzing the criminal laws of different states is more fully understood.
The book is divided into three parts. Part A asks and attempts to answer what is transnational crime and what is transnational criminal law? Part B explores a selection of substantive transnational crimes from piracy through to cybercrime. Part C examines the main procedural mechanisms involved in establishing jurisdiction and then the exercise of jurisdiction through the effective investigation and prosecution of transnational crimes. Finally, Part D looks at the implementation of transnational criminal law and Part E at the prospects for transnational criminal justice.
This book provides the first accessible and comprehensive introduction to this important area of law. It should be invaluable both to students and to professionals involved in the fight against transnational crime.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Part A: Introduction
1: What is Transnational Crime?
2: What is Transnational Criminal Law?
Part B: Crimes
3: Piracy and Modern Maritime Offences
4: Slavery, Human Trafficking, and Migrant Smuggling
5: Drug Trafficking
7: Transnational Organised Crime
9: Money Laundering
10: Emerging Transnational Crimes
11: General Part of Transnational Crime
Part C: Enforcement
13: International Law Enforcement Cooperation
14: International Law Enforcement Cooperation at Sea
15: The Anti-Money Laundering Regime
16: Legal Assistance
17: Legal Assistance in Asset Recovery
18: Extradition of Transnational Criminals
Part D: Conclusion
19: Trends in Transnational Criminal Procedure
21: Implementation and Compliance
22: Towards Transnational Criminal Justice