A Research Agenda for Global Crime
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A Research Agenda for Global Crime

Edited by Tim Hall and Vincenzo Scalia

This multidisciplinary collection of essays by leading international scholars explores many pressing issues related to global crime. The book opens with essays that look across this diverse terrain and then moves on to consider specific areas including organised crime, cyber-crime, war-crimes, terrorism, state and private violence, riots and political protest, prisons, sport and crime and counterfeit goods. The book emphasises the centrality of crime to the contemporary global world and mobilises diverse disciplinary positions to help understand and address this.
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Chapter 5: War crimes, genocide and the value of a social harm approach in a post accountability world

Daniel Mitchell


Diminishing support for international regulatory mechanisms, principally the International Criminal Court, demonstrates a lack of political will to engage with the global harms of state crime. Governments have been able to distance themselves from the human cost of conflict by various means: private military contractors, extraordinary rendition, remote assassination via unmanned drone technology, and covert Special Forces incursions. The conceptual and evidential issues confronting a contemporary analysis of war crime, genocide and state crime, are not new to criminological research. Exploring the purpose of a research agenda focused on state crime, the chapter demonstrates the value of global crime research, in the context of war crimes and genocide, with a focus on harm reduction. In a post-accountability political world, addressing harm is a more productive approach than attempting to hold governments to international standards that can only ever succeed, but more likely fail, through bureaucratic self-regulation and political self-interest.

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