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Following money over national borders, banking systems, casinos, and free trade zones, as well as the world of the corrupt elites, Big Crime and Big Policing brings new scholarly and practical insights into our understanding of the interplay of money, crime, and policing on the grand scale.

In this wide-ranging volume, a mixed group of scholars and practitioners aims to show how money dictates the scope and nature of financial and corporate crimes, and the impact of these crimes on national economies, social institutions, and communal well-being. The book examines how the combined efforts of governments and international organizations fail to stop financial crime at its source and, despite apparently generous human and financial resources, the efforts of police and other law enforcement actors ultimately fall short of defeating big crime and of meeting public safety needs. International in scope, Big Crime and Big Policing provides fresh reflection on significant problems of our age that demand greater attention from governments and the public.

This invited volume pays tribute to Dr Margaret E. Beare, founding Director of the Nathanson Centre and professor at Osgoode and in the Sociology Department of York University for many years.

Book editors are: Tonita Murray, independent researcher and police reform consultant; Dr Elizabeth Kirley, professor at Osgoode’s Professional Development LLM  program and called to the Ontario bar; and Dr Stephen Schneider, professor in the Department of Criminology at Saint Mary’s University.

Multinational Joint Task Force: Lessons for Comprehensive Regional Approaches to Cross-Border Conflict in Africa

The recent proliferation of cross-border conflicts in Africa has led to the establishment of multiple Ad Hoc Security Initiatives (ASIs) on the continent. However, the effectiveness of these initiatives has varied considerably. As such, there is now increased academic and policy interest in the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF), which has seen substantial operational success over the course of its mandate. This paper seeks to contribute to the debate on the strengths and weaknesses of the MNJTF model and the effectiveness of the Force in the Lake Chad region through an exploration of the MNJTF from an internal perspective. The authors of this paper have both worked closely with the MNJTF in recent years and the paper is based upon interviews with current and former MNJTF personnel, staff of the Lake Chad Basin Commission (which oversees the MNJTF) as well as donor and UN partners. In exploring this internal perspective, the article undertakes an in-depth examination of the MNJTF, including the relationship between the headquarters and the sectors, and assesses the impact the MNJTF has had upon the Troop Contributing Countries (TCCs). It identifies areas where the MNJTF has become a regional hub of best practice, challenges that have compromised its effectiveness, and the impact of military diplomacy on the security of the region. Finally, it concludes by drawing lessons from this experience for other conflicts requiring a comprehensive regional and international response.

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Addressing the Sustainability Impacts of Corporations – Summaries of Panels

Osgoode professor to study expert evidence and trial delays in criminal courts

Nathanson Centre event brings together international legal scholars to examine corporate sustainability

Crime and Terror Nexus (pdf)

The Intersections Between Terror and Criminal Groups in the Lake Chad Basin

Akinola Olojo Ph.D
Chika Charles Aniekwe Ph.D

Regional Study on CIMIC good practices and lessons (pdf)

On The Implementation Of UNDP Stabilization Programme In The Lake Chad Basin

Adam Obatoki Salami, PhD, Regional CIMIC Advisor
Chika Charles Aniekwe, PhD, Senior Adviser, Senior Advisor
Head of Programme, UNDP Support to the Lake Chad Basin.

Understanding and Managing Vigilante Groups in the Lake Chad Basin Regions (pdf)

Background study in support of the Lake Chad Basin Regional Strategy for Stabilization, Recovery and Resilience for Areas Affected by the Boko Haram Crisis

Daniel E. Agbiboa, Assistant Professor of African and African American Studies, Harvard University
Chika Charles Aniekwe, Ph.D., Senior Adviser,
Head of Programme, UNDP Support to the Lake Chad Basin

Gajindra Maharaj & Marcela Porporato, School of Administrative Studies, LA&PS