MSc in Global Crime, Justice and Security

What we're reading

The field of Global Crime, Justice and Security is one that can be approached from a number of angles, reflected in the diversity of interests of teaching staff and the spread of courses across the School of Law and Subject Groups within the School of Social and Political Science.  The reading list here reflects this diversity.  The first two texts represent good introductions from different perspectives (criminological and legal).  They are really good places to start, and I’d particularly recommend looking at them if you have never studied criminology or law before.  It’s absolutely not necessary for you to look at all of the other readings identified here before you start the programme.  I’ve included them more to give you a flavor of the breadth and reach of the programme, and to stimulate your curiosity!

  • Katja Franko AAS 2007. Globalization and Crime. London: Sage.
  • An accessible text on the relationships between globalization and crime, the text covers theoretical perspectives on globalization, specific cross-border crimes such as human trafficking and crimes in cyberspace, and related issues such as state sovereignty.
  • Rosalyn HIGGINS 1994. Problems and Process: International Law and How We Use It. Oxford: Clarendon.
  • A great introduction to international law for those without a firm background in the subject, the book deals with the origins, functions and institutions of international law.
  • Ben BRADFORD, Beatrice JAUREGUI, Ian LOADER and Jonny STEINBERG (eds) 2016. The SAGE Handbook of Global Policing. London: SAGE Publications.
  • An extensive set of essays covering diverse issues around global policing and responding to global crime, including: post-colonial and post-conflict policing; the relationships between police and states; rule of law and Human Rights; policing in war and armed conflict; and, policing and environmental governance.
  • Peter ANDREAS and Ethan NADELMANN 2006. Policing the Globe: Criminalization and Crime Control in International Relations. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • The text examines the origins of international crime control, particularly from the perspective of Europe and US, and gives an account of developments in this field in the wake of the end of the Cold War and the 2001 attacks on New York and Washington.
  • Nancy Amoury COMBS 2006. Guilty Pleas in International Criminal Law: Constructing a Restorative Justice Approach. Stanford: Stanford University Press.
  • Plea bargaining is often thought of as a rather grubby feature of domestic criminal justice systems, accepted on pragmatic rather than principled grounds. But the cost pressures on international criminal tribunals have seen the practice become established there also, raising difficult questions about the purpose such tribunals are meant to serve. This book is an important attempt to grapple with an emerging problem.
  • Max DU PLESSIS and Stephen PETÉ 2007. Repairing the Past? International Perspectives on Reparations for Gross Human Rights Abuses. Antwerp: Intersentia.
  • A selection of essays offering a range of perspectives, legal, political and anthropological, on the question of dealing with historical wrongs.
  • Leo KUPER 1981. Genocide. New Haven: Yale University Press.
  • Includes a useful analysis of the genocide convention, questions of state sovereignty and the preconditions of genocide.
  • Tim NEWBURN and Richard SPARKS (eds.) 2004. Criminal Justice and Political Cultures: National and International Dimensions of Crime Control. Cullompton: Willan.
  • A series of essays which examine the growth in cooperation and the question of transfers of policies and ideas between jurisdictions facing similar or shared crime problems.
  • Vincenzo RUGGIERO, Nigel SOUTH and Ian TAYLOR (eds.) 1998. The New European Criminology: Crime and Social Order in Europe. London: Routledge.
  • There are a variety of interesting essays in this collection dealing with Europe as an ideal and as a set of institutions, dealing with new developments in criminality following the cold war and offering comparative studies within Europe.  Part 4 of this collection handles links between international developments and crime and people’s sense of crime as a phenomenon with local effects.
  • William A SCHABAS 2009. Genocide in International Law [2nd edn] Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Lengthy but readable, this is an enormously detailed account of what the subtitle to the second edition describes as “the crime of crimes”.
  • Barry VAUGHAN and Shane KILCOMMINS 2008. Terrorism, Rights and the Rule of Law: Negotiating Justice in Ireland.  Cullompton: Willan.
  • Focusing on the republic of Ireland, the book examines the impact of globalization on state authority, particularly through the rise of alternative, often supra-state, sites of rule making and decision taking.