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CINETS - Crimmigration Control - International Net of Studies

The theme

Borders, migration and crime are widely discussed themes in politics, policymaking, media and academics. Mexican immigrants crossing borders in Texas; African immigrants arriving by boat in the Mediterranean; and the discussion in several European states including the Netherlands on criminalizing illegal stay are only a few examples of recent discussions. It’s time to take stock of these developments. Globalization has led to a far-reaching transformation of the relationship between states, particularly evident in the way that territorial borders are managed, negotiated and imagined. The boundaries between national and international become increasingly blurred. Scholars and practitioners have come to realize that the changes in the nature and the meaning of borders require greater interaction between various disciplines such as criminology, sociology, law, anthropology, political sciences and international relations.

In this second CINETS conference, we aim to bring together scholars, practitioners, NGO’s and (PhD-) students from these various disciplines in order to contribute to the discussion on – actual or imaginary, legal or social, internal or external – borders as a key concept in crimmigration studies. This conference will not only focus on abstract theoretical notions that have been claimed to explain the crimmigration trend, but also on the practical implications and (un)intended consequences of crimmigration in the field of law enforcement, particularly in relation to borders and border management.

Keynote speakers

We are proud to introduce our five excellent keynote speakers:

Katja Frankoo Aas, professor of criminology at the Department of Criminology and Sociology of Law of the University of Oslo. Professor Aas is currently heading a research project on crime control in the borderlands of Europe and a project on Frontex, the European agency for the management of external borders.

Mary Bosworth, reader in criminology and fellow of St Cross College at the University of Oxford and professor of criminology at Monash University, Australia. Professor Bosworth is currently heading a research project on incarceration in a global age and conducting research in Greek immigration detention centres.

Jennifer Chacón, professor of law at the School of Law of the University of California at Irvine. As a teacher of both criminal procedure and immigration law and policy, professor Chacón is particularly interested in questions arising at the intersection of these fields.

Juliet Stumpf, professor of law at Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon. Professor Stumpf's research explores the intersection of immigration law with criminal law, constitutional law, civil rights, and employment law. She coined the term "crimmigration" in her influential article "The Crimmigration Crisis: Immigrants, Crime, and Sovereign Power" (2006, American University Law Review).