Criminal clans, families and structures

A talk by Felia Allum, Dina Siegel, Mahmoud Jaraba, Alexandre Kukhianidze and Olena Shostko
Polis, University of Bath, Utrecht University / CIROC, The Erlangen Centre for Islam and Law in Europe (EZIRE), Department of Political Science and Ukrainian Center of Legal Studies (private institution)

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In this session, Mahmoud Jaraba will deliver a presentation on fighting “Clan crime” in Germany, offering a critical perspective based on his findings of over 6 years of ethnographic fieldwork in Germany. His presentation will deconstruct the term “clan crime” (Clankriminalität) and explain why police strategies are not so far effective in fighting family-based crime in Germany. After this intervention, Dina Siegel will present the outcomes of her study on criminal families in Israel, introducing new and old actors of organized crime in Israel and analysing the ongoing criminal war between powerful families, smuggling of drugs and weapons in this part of the Middle East, the growing wave of contract killings in the last years, and the reaction of law enforcement and secret services. Alexandre Kukhianidze will give a presentation on the topic of the mafia-style organized crime which is motivated by illegal profit; the professional organized crime. Olena Shostko will conclude this session with a presentation that will answer the question ‘Does organized crime in Ukraine really decline?’ which will explore why law enforcement failed to fight against organized crime and will discuss ways for improving the situation.

Felia Allum

Professor of comparative organised crime and corruption, University of Bath, UK

Dina Siegel

Professor of Criminology at Utrecht University, The Netherlands and co-founder of CIROC.

Mahmoud Jaraba

Dr. Mahmoud Jaraba has been researching ethnographically the milieu of Arab-Kurdish extended families (so-called Mḥallamīya) for several years, focusing on the topic of “clan crime” in Germany.

Alexandre Kukhianidze

1997 - graduated from the faculty of philosophy at Rostov-on-Don State University, Russian Federation; 1985 - PhD in Philosophy at Tbilisi State University, Georgia.

Olena Shostko

Doctor of Law, Full Professor


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