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Crimes against Social Interest

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This chapter discusses the international drug control system, the challenges in the development of international criminal law, transnational organized crime and international criminal law, corruption of foreign public officials, protection of cultural property, and criminalization of environmental protection. Spiraling drug abuse at the beginning of the 20th century led to the first ever international drug control conference in Shanghai in 1909. In December 1998, the United Nations General Assembly established an Ad Hoc Committee for the elaboration of the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and three additional Protocols addressing: trafficking in persons, illegal trafficking in and transporting of migrants; and illicit manufacturing of and trafficking in firearms. The chapter provides a synopsis of the different attempts that have been undertaken in the past to approach and define this phenomenon and develops a theoretical basis for understanding transnational organized crime in a contemporary context.

Keywords: environmental protection; illegal trafficking; international criminal law; trafficking in firearms; transnational organized crime; United Nations Convention



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