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Convention Against Transnational Organised Crime

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The principal Convention is frequently referred to as the 'parent convention' as it is intended to set out general rules about organised crime that also impact on the application and interpretation of the three protocols, a 'system which can easily be supplemented by additional protocols in the future which then may focus on other specific, maybe new, upcoming areas of transnational organised crime'. The Convention has two main goals: One is to eliminate differences among national legal systems. The second is to set standards for domestic laws so that they can effectively combat transnational organised crime. The Palermo Convention is roughly divided into four parts: criminalisation, international cooperation, technical cooperation, and implementation. This chapter explores the definition of organised criminal group in art 2(a) of the Convention, followed by an analysis of the participation offence in art 5.

Keywords: criminal liability; organised crime; Palermo Convention



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