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Annual Report of the European Working Group on Organisational Crime (EUROC)
During the European Society of Criminology Annual Conference in Porto in September 2015, Dr Nicholas Lord (Senior Lecturer in Criminology, School of Law, University of Manchester, UK) took over as Chair of the European Working Group on Organisational Crime (EUROC). Prof Judith van Erp (Utrecht University, the Netherlands) and Prof Wim Huisman (VU Amsterdam, the Netherlands) remain on the board of the Working Group and continue to play an integral role in the direction and management of the Group. The Group has over 100 members who continue to take an active interest in the Group and has succeeded in organising over 10 panel sessions at the upcoming ESC conference in Münster.
At the Porto conference, EUROC had a strong presence with several panels organised around central issues such as causality, prevalence/nature, explanations, and regulation/control of a variety of white-collar and corporate crimes. An annual meeting was also held at the Porto conference and was well attended by members. During this session, activities for the forthcoming in year were outlined and discussed. This discussion included (i) the development of an EU COST funding application to further formalise the Working Group, and (ii) discussion of dissemination of the first ever Routledge Handbook of White-Collar and Corporate Crime in Europe (2015) (Edited by Judith van Erp, Wim Huisman, Gudrun Vande Walle).
EUROC was also represented at the American Society of Criminology (ASC) Annual Conference in Washington, DC, in November 2015. Wim Huisman and Nicholas Lord gave an update of the Group’s activities to the National White-Collar Crime Research Consortium. Potential for collaboration between the two groups was explored with future associations now on the agenda. Finally, three sessions under the auspices of EUROC will be held at the ECPR Regulatory Governance conference in Tliburg in July 2016. These panels are organised around the theme of ‘The Regulation of Corporate Crime’ and will explore the intersection and differences between a regulatory governance and white collar crime scholarship approach and critically discuss the values and risks of a regulatory approach to corporate crime.
Nicholas Lord is Senior Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Manchester, Manchester, UK