The Jack and Mae Nathanson Centre on Transnational Human Rights, Crime and Security (formerly the Jack and Mae Nathanson Centre for the Study of Organized Crime and Corruption) studies transnational phenomena and normative issues at the intersections of human rights, crime and security. A transnational crime research node continues the former mandate of the Centre.
One of the Nathanson Centre’s missions is to organize and sponsor events that tackle contemporary challenges in order to foster well-informed public debate. The Centre also encourages the development of more fundamental research programs, and dialogue amongst participating researchers. To that end, we create audio-visual and documentary records of most of our events, which are uploaded to Youtube and posted on our website to ensure their general accessibility and continuing relevance.
Any one of the three thematic pillars of the Nathanson Centre may receive separate attention in any given research project, program or activity. With respect to proposed research activity that would focus entirely on one of the three pillar concerns or have one of these concerns as the core component in a broader project, the main criterion for evaluating a research project’s fit with the Centre’s mandate is the potential for the research to contribute to general knowledge (or ‘pure theory’) in relation to that concern in such a way that new vistas – whether challenges, new research questions, or interdisciplinary insights – may be opened with respect to the study of either or both of the other pillar concerns.One overarching ambition of the Nathanson Centre is to foster general research on the “transnational” in its normative and, to some extent, empirical dimensions, including research that may not have particular, or at least not immediate, application to any one of the three pillars. Theoretical and legal doctrinal analysis (as well as cognate interdisciplinary analysis) are particularly important to the Centre’s work, although by no means its exclusive focus.