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International Conference: CORRUPTION AND ORGANIZED CRIME: BRIDGING CRIMINAL AND ECONOMIC POLICIES
 
Agenda

Friday, June 23

09:30 Opening
Dr. Ognian Shentov, Chairman of the Center for the Study of Democracy

Session one: Making Criminal Policy and Criminal justice institutions effective

Chair: Dr. Maria Yordanova, Director of CSD Law Program

Topics:
  • Proofing legislation against economic and organized crime

  • Corruption and organized crime in the New Europe – needs and gaps of criminal justice systems

  • Human trafficking as part of organized crime

  • Tackling political corruption: a case study

  • Linkages between corruption and organized crime


Panelists:
Prof. Ernesto Savona, Professor of Criminology at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Italy, Director of Joint Research Centre on Transnational Crime (TRANSCRIME)
Dr. Friedrich Hauptmann, Prosecutor General of Austria (retired), Center of Legal Competence, Austria
Ambassador Murat Bilhan, Director of Foreign Policy Platform, Istanbul Kultur University, Turkey

11:00 Coffee break

11:30 Session one: Making Criminal Policy and Criminal Justice Institutions Effective (continued)

Panelists:
Mr. George Hardy, US Department of Justice
Mr. Mahmut Cengiz, Chief Inspector, Organized Crime Department, Turkish National Police
Mr. Assen Dyulgerov, Senior Fellow, Economic Program, CSD

13:00 Lunch

15:00 Session two: The Use of Socio-Economic Policies against Organized Crime

Chair: Mr. Ruslan Stefanov, Coordinator, Economic Program, CSD

Topics:
  • Social and economic costs of organized crime to society Organized crime and development: informal labor

  • Criminal entrepreneurs and their social environment: issues of social embeddedness

  • Tackling VAT fraud


Panelists:
Dr. Paul Larsson, Norwegian Police University College
Prof. Petrus C. Van Duyne, Tilburg University
Mr. Tihomir Bezlov, Senior Analyst, European Program, CSD; Mr. Philip Gounev, Research Fellow, European Program, CSD

16:30 Coffee break

17:00 Session two: The Use of Socio-Economic Policies against Organized Crime (continued)

Mr. Ger Homburg, Regioplan, The Netherlands
Ms. Kristin Höltge, Free University of Berlin, Germany
Dr. Konstantin Pashev, Senior Fellow, Economic Program, CSD

20.00 Cocktail hosted by Mr. Boyko Borissov, Mayor of Sofia – Sky Plaza Restaurant, National Palace of Culture

Saturday, June 24

09:30 Session three: Mind the Gap: Linking Criminal and Economic Policies

Chair: Mr. Boyko Todorov, Program Director, Center for the Study of Democracy

Topics:
  • Measuring the cost of organized crime

  • Integrated response to organized crime

  • Policy research on corruption and organized crime: building bridges between scholars and practitioners


  • Panelists:
    Prof. Vincenzo Ruggiero, Professor of Sociology, Co-Director of the Crime and Conflict Research Centre, Middlesex University, UK
    Dr. Jens Andvig, Norwegian Institute for International Affairs
    Brian Donald, Serious Organised Crime Agency, UK
    11:00 Coffee break

    11:30 Session three: Mind the Gap: Linking Criminal and Economic Policies (continued)

    Prof. Jan van Dijk, Pieter van Vollenhoven Chair in Victimology and Human Security, University of Tilburg; Senior Fellow of UNICRI
    Dr. Dina Siegel, Faculty of Law, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    Mr. Hugo Brady, Research Fellow, Centre for European Reform, UK

    13:00 Lunch

    The conference is organized with the support of the European Commission, Austrian Know How Transfer Center, Friedrich Ebert Foundation and the Governments of Norway, the Netherlands and the UK
 
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