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NCJ Number: 163702 Find in a Library
Title: Law Enforcement, Justice and Democracy in the Transnational Arena: Reflections on the War on Drugs
Journal: International Journal of the Sociology of Law  Volume:24  Dated:(1996)  Pages:61-75
Author(s): J W E Sheptycki
Date Published: 1996
Page Count: 15
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This paper, based on studies of transnational police cooperation in the area of drug law enforcement, contends that law enforcement as currently practiced in the transnational arena illuminates the issues of democracy and justice in the war on drugs.
Abstract: Salient developments in international criminal law and transnational law enforcement are reviewed that relate to drug trafficking. An attempt is made to explain what these developments reflect about the possibility of a transnational democratic world order. The author indicates that various law enforcement networks and organizations operate in a way that sets the legal framework for their operation rather than being confined by that legal framework. Further, on a transnational level, law enforcement agencies have sought to achieve an oligarchic rapprochement and thereby secure their continued monopoly of practical control over policing. Different forms of criminality, including drug trafficking, are policed by very different agencies and the ideological setting in which these agencies operate is also different. The author concludes that criminologists have a great deal of work to do as they explore the transnational domain of drug law enforcement. 36 references and 3 notes
Main Term(s): International drug law enforcement
Index Term(s): Drug regulation; Foreign police; International cooperation; International Law Enforcement Cooperation; International police activities; Political influences
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