The 21st Century will present Hong Kong with many opportunities and challenges in the field of criminology. As Hong Kong develops as a financial and communications centre and as a base for information technology, it is essential that our criminal justice system keeps pace. These technical developments present us with increasingly sophisticated crime problems, but also provide opportunities for developing our capability to deal effectively with them. It is important that these opportunities are identified and incorporated into an appropriate legal framework so that these new capabilities are used in a manner that is acceptable to society.
Hong Kong's new role as a Special Administrative Region of China is likely to result in increased cross-border activity that may result in social changes that will have an impact on patterns of criminal activity.
Anticipated changes in employment patterns and movements of population are also likely to result in social stresses in the community. This, in turn, is likely to result in new patterns of criminal behaviour. It is essential that the Centre for Criminology undertakes studies into areas of social behaviour to identify these changes and the likely consequences at an early stage.
The role of punishment and the effectiveness of offender treatment are important aspects of our criminal justice system that must keep pace with social and scientific development. This is another area where the Centre for Criminology could undertake significant research.
The establishment of the Centre for Criminology is an indication of the University's commitment to the development of Criminology. The Centre will provide a home for co-ordinated and indigenous studies of crime and criminal justice in Hong Kong. It will also provide a platform for both academics and practitioners in the criminal justice system to share their knowledge and to assist in the development of effective strategies to deal with the increasingly sophisticated problem of crime in Hong Kong and the region.
The work of the Centre is overseen by an Advisory Board that consists of senior members of the Faculties of Law, Medicine and Social Sciences and Government Departments involved in the criminal justice system.
The Centre has appointed Fellows of the Centre who are commiteed to support the Centre. The Fellowships generate participation from a variety of disciplines and ensures diversity of interests.
The Centre will establish a network of international advisers from well established Centres and Institutes throughout the world so that it can benefit from their participation in the affairs of the Centre and contribute to the development of criminology at the local, regional and international level.
To promote the development of criminological research, education and criminal justice policy and to enhance the effectiveness of law enforcement, crime prevention and the treatment of offenders.
To promote undergraduate, postgraduate and other courses in criminology and criminal justice run by the Faculty of Social Sciences and the School of Professional and Continuing Education.
For further information about the process and rationale involved in establishing the Centre of Criminology as a sub-division of studies and learning based in the Faculty of Social Sciences HKU, click here for the report of the cross-agency working group.
The Centre is a partnership between academics and practitioners in government and the private sector. In order to meet the objectives of the Centre it is essential that members of this partnership support the Centre by contributing in some manner. This Support may be by contributing intellectual endeavour or by commissioning research to be undertaken by the Centre. A financial contribution could be a tangible way of supporting the Centre and helping to ensure that Hong Kong develops a criminal justice system that can meet the challenges of the future.
Recently the University has also created an opportunity for private and public agencies to fund 50% of 2-3 year postgraduate student-ships on research topics of direct interest and relevance to their activities. For assistance and further advice please contact the Director Professor Karen A. Joe Laidler(Tel: 3917 2059 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Title Cyber-Fortress Europe's New Frontier: Borders, technology, mobile bodies and narratives of exclusion in the Old Continent
Date:November 6, 2013
Dr Sanja Milivojevic is a Lecturer in Criminology at University of New South Wales. She holds LL.B and LL.M from Belgrade University’s Law School, and PhD from Monash University. Sanja's research interests are trafficking in people; migration and borders; new technologies, sexting and surveillance; and international criminal justice and human rights. She is a NSW representative in the Committee of Management of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology, and an editorial board member of a journal Temida (Serbia). Sanja publishes in Serbian and English, and her latest research project is on borders, technology and mobility in Southeast Europe. She tweets about it @smilivojevic.
All are welcome.
Doing Imaginative Criminology
Date:Wednesday October 30, 2013
Beyond Silk Road: how online illicit marketplaces are challenging law enforcement and transforming the global trade in illicit drugs
Date: October 28, 2013
The recent closure of the illicit drugs trading website Silk Road garnered world-wide media attention and focused the public spotlight on new forms of drug distribution facilitated by the internet. Despite the closure of Silk Road, online drug distribution appears to be growing in popularity and is likely to proliferate further in years to come. This is due to significant advantages available to both drug producers and consumers who conduct transactions online. This seminar explores the characteristics of online illicit websites such as the now defunct Silk Road and other similar sites still in operation. Online forms of drug distribution will be contrasted with conventional illicit trafficking and retail networks. These changes will then be considered in terms of the new challenges that they pose for law enforcement and prohibition agencies.
Dr James Martin is a criminologist and senior lecturer at the Centre for Policing, Intelligence and Counter-Terrorism at Macquarie University. His research interests include online drug distribution, the War on Drugs, cybercrime and cyber-vigilantism, as well as policing and new technologies.
All are welcome.
27 Novmber, 2012
This research investigates the relationship between policing and politics in Hong Kong, post 1997.Particularly, it focuses on mapping the nature, contour, trend and dynamics of policing and politics in Hong Kong. The thesis is that HKP, as an institution of governance, cannot stay aloof of politics.The study begins with a critical analysis of HKP security operations turned political at HKU on 8.18.12. It ends with discussing the reasons and factors, impact and implications of politicization of HKP.
Venue:Rm 813, Jockey Club Tower, Centennial Campus, HKU
26 Novmber, 2012
In this talk, Professor Guo Ming from Zhejiang Police academy traced how China’s prison system was influenced by the Japanese model before 1949, Soviet Union model from 1949 to 1980s and American model after 1980s. Using his long time working experience as a prison guard, Guo particularly reflected how China’s prison role evolved from a tool of class struggle and an organ of dictatorship of the Chinese Communist Party to a modern prison system, and the dilemma and difficulties during this transition. It was argued that without significant political reform, the goal of rule of law and professionalization of the China’s prison system may remain an impossible mission.
The talk was well attended.
Venue:Rm 813, Jockey Club Tower, Centennial Campus, HKU
13 Novmber, 2012
In this talk, Hamish will commence with a fascinating case history of an investigation where he was ultimately commended both by the trial judge at the Crown Court and the Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner. This involved the stalking of a young lady by a series of anonymous letters, over a six month period, which were of an intimidatory and frightening nature. Hamish will outline the investigation he led and emphasise the psychological affect stalking can have on its victims. He will go on to explain what stalking is, or can be, and give investigative tips on how to deal with victims of this unique and distressing crime. From there Hamish will show methods previously used by stalkers that will encourage others to understand it is necessary to ‘think outside the box when dealing with stalking matters. His presentation will be supported throughout by case histories and anecdotal examples which is guaranteed to keep the audience enthralled and entertained.
Mr. Brown's talk was well attended, and further details of his work and publications can be found at: http://www.hamishbrownmbe.com/index.html
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16th WORLD CONGRESS
European Society of Criminology Conference
The 4th European Society of Criminology conference will be held from 25-28 August in Amsterdam, with the theme Global similarities, local differences. For details, please see http://www.eurocrim2004.com
Four plenary sessions will be held, on
Submissions for papers are invited by 15 May 2004.
M.Soc.Sc. Criminology programme 2004-2006 offered by the Department of Sociology [details]
Articles / Papers
Rapporteur's Report for 2nd Asia CyberCrime Summit - 5th & 6th November 2003 by Dr. Roderic Broadhurst [details]
"GLOBAL THREAT: The challenge of cyber-crime" from South China Morning Post on 23rd December 2003 by Dr. Roderic Broadhurst and Dr. Peter Grabosky [details]
World Conference of Societies of Criminology on "Crime in Greater China"
Call for Abstracts / Papers
Call for Abstracts
Crime in China: Call for Papers
Date: 10 May 2004
Time: 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Topic: 1. U.S. government's successful attack on American Mafia & its possible exportability
2. Corporate crime and Enron/Arthur Anderson debacle
by Professor JAMES B. JACOBS [his brief bio]
Venue: Senior Common Room, 15th Floor, K K Leung Building, HKU