IALG Assignment 2021 – 2022:
Far longer than Covid-19, we have known another virus: organised crime. Without appropriate countermeasures, it spreads rapidly, sometimes unnoticeably, it constantly develops new variants to establish itself in our everyday lives, and it takes no notice of national boundaries. As with a virus, when ‘treating’ crime we need to first understand its root causes. We know there are many factors ranging from cultural, political to socio-economical which individually and collectively create and breed crime. Organised crime can only be fought with prevention, cooperation and repression measures and here, the police is a key player. In this assignment, we ask how society, economy and institutions can better detect, prevent and prosecute the infiltration of organized crime and its concomitants – corruption and money laundering – in domestic and international legal structures and what role the police should play.
Assignment givers: Nicoletta della Valle, Director General of the Swiss Federal Office of Police, Catherine De Bolle, Executive Director of Europol and Jürgen Stock, Secretary General of INTERPOL