CALL FOR PAPERS: Special issue of the European Review of Organised Crime (EROC) – “Space Oddity? Exploring Organised Crime Ventures in Cyber Space”


Special Issue editors: Dr. Helena Carrapico (Aston University, UK) and Dr. Anita Lavorgna (University of Wolverhampton, UK)

Over the past two decades, the development of modern societies has become intimately interconnected with information technologies. Such trend is particularly visible among the increasing number of personal objects, household appliances and professional structures connected to information networks. Although such evolution is usually applauded from an economic and societal perspective, it is also understood as constituting a risk in security terms. As the degree of connectivity dependence of individuals, companies and critical infrastructures grows, so does the likelihood of technology being abused, in particular for criminal purposes. As a result, cyber crime has become, over the past few years, the object of increased concern in Europe. Not only does it represent a considerable cost to societies, but it also continues to constitute an important challenge for law enforcement and judicial systems, due to its technical complexity and rapid innovative character.

Although organised crime is generally presented by policy makers and international organizations as a major actor in cyber crimes, the academic literature has, so far, paid limited attention to this element. More specifically, limited research has been conducted on how different types of organised crime groups use cyber space to conduct their traditional activities, and on how new illicit online activities have emerged as a result of organised crime’s digital shift.

In view of countering this gap in the literature, this special issue welcomes theoretical and empirical articles on the connections between traditional and new forms of organised crime and cyber space. Topics in this special issue include (but are not limited to) definitional debates, national and international political responses, online investigations (including prevention and detection, investigation techniques, search, seizure, forensics, prosecution and trial), law enforcement cooperation, and critical perspectives.

The Special Issue will be published in EROC in September 2015. Articles should be submitted by the 5th of January 2015. However, authors are strongly encouraged to express interest and send abstracts of potential contributions to the editors by the 3rd of November 2014.

For expressions of interest, please contact the editors of the special issue at  and  For more information about EROC, please visit our website at


CALL FOR PAPERS: Fifth Annual Conference of the Victimology Society of Serbia,  Hotel Park in Belgrade on 27th and 28th November 2014


Theme: Victims' protection: International law, national legislations and practice
The conference aims to bring together experts and researchers, who deal both theoretically and practically and from the perspective of different disciplines with victims’ rights and provide assistance to victims of violence and other forms of crime, and to enable a comprehensive exchange of experience and knowledge. Within the main Conference topic, the legal framework at international and European level, as well as current legislations, policies and practices of different countries will be critically reconsidered from the point of view of providing effective protection to victims and improving their overall position.

The main Conference topic seems to be particularly important in the context of the accession negotiations of Serbia to the European Union, especially in terms of opening chapters 23 and 24, which are dealing with judiciary and fundamental rights, freedom, security and justice, and further work on harmonization of national legislation and policies with the EU acquis and standards that contribute to better protection of victims. During the conference, special attention will be paid to the EU Directive on establishing minimum standards on the rights, support and protection of victims of crime, Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (the Istanbul Convention) and the European Convention on the compensation of victims of violent crimes. The Conference will also focus on the experiences of different countries, including those that have recently accessed the EU, on the development of legislation and practice, particularly on the examples of good practices related to the rights, status and protection of victims in criminal proceedings and independently of it. Finally, the importance and the role of civil society organizations in providing protection and support to victims will be pointed out.

For any additional information about the Conference, please visit or contact VDS on the telephone +381 11 6303022 or via E-mail or



The World Congress of Criminology will take place 10-14 August 2014 in Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico at the Cintermex Congress Center. The theme of the Congress is: “Gangs, Trafficking and Insecurity: Empowering the Community.” The Organizing Committee welcomes proposals for a variety of formats: traditional scholarly and research papers; thematic sessions; roundtables; discussions groups; “author meets his/her critics”; posters; literature, poetry, and other artistic expressions; and sessions by Non Governmental Organizations and community groups. The objective is to offer a venue where a variety of forms of expression will be welcome and prized. Deadline for sending proposals: 1 April 2014. All presenters must register by 1 May 2014. Proposals can be sent in English, French, and Spanish.
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September 10 - 13, 2014
Prague, Czech Republic
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