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21 January 2014

Seminar - Trafficking and Smuggling: A European Perspective

02 December 2013, Nuffield College, University of Oxford

The Oxford cluster in cooperation with Eurojust has organised a workshop on trafficking and smuggling in the European Union. Eurojust is the European Union Judicial Cooperation's Unit tasked with fostering cooperation among Member States. The workshop was held at Nuffield College, University of Oxford, on Monday 2nd of December. During the event, the Fiducia and Eurojust research teams discussed the findings of their own research projects on trafficking operations in Europe, and fruitfully shared their knowledge and expertise on the issue. An engaged audience of scholars from a variety of disciplines, including sociology, law, criminology, economics and politics, also offered valuable feedback on the ongoing work. In addition, the workshop was instrumental in identifying which aspects of trafficking still require a deeper understanding.

On the following day, the Fiducia team and Eurojust met to discuss strategies to improve the EU response to trafficking and assess how the Fiducia findings may impact on Eurojust working practices. The meeting also offered an opportunity to charter a map of what needs to be done during the remainder of the Fiducia Project.

We gratefully acknowledge the participation of our distinguished speakers from Eurojust: Lukáš Starý, National Member for the Czech Republic, and Virve Toivanen, Case Analysis Unit. A special 'thanks' goes also to our own Fiducia members who spoke at the workshop: Federico Varese (co-convenor), Professor Criminology and Director Extra-Legal Governance Institute, University of Oxford; Mike Hough, Professor of Criminal Policy and Co-Director Institute for Criminal Policy Research, Birkbeck University of London; Ben Bradford, Centre for Criminology, University of Oxford; Paolo Campana (co-convenor), Extra-legal Governance Institute, University of Oxford.

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