Certain types of crime are increasingly being perpetrated across national borders and require a unified regional or global response to combat them. Transnational criminal law covers both the international treaty obligations which require States to introduce specific substantive measures into their domestic criminal law schemes, and an allied procedural dimension concerned with the articulation of inter-state cooperation in pursuit of the alleged transnational criminal.

The Routledge Handbook of Transnational Criminal Law provides a comprehensive overview of the system which is designed to regulate cross border crime. The book looks at the history and development of the system, asking questions as to the principal purpose and effectiveness of transnational criminal law as it currently stands. The book brings together experts in the field, both scholars and practitioners, in order to offer original and forward-looking analyses of the key elements of the transnational criminal law.

The book is split into several parts for ease of reference:

  • Fundamental concepts surrounding the international regulation of transnational crime.
  • Procedures for international cooperation against alleged transnational criminals including jurisdiction, police cooperation, asset recovery and extradition.
  • Substantive crimes covered by transnational criminal law analysing the current legal provisions for each crime.
  • The implementation of transnational criminal law and the effectiveness of the system of transnational criminal law.

With chapters from over 25 authorities in the field, this handbook will be an invaluable reference work for student and academics and for policy makers with an interest in transnational criminal law.

chapter |7 pages


part |59 pages

Substantive crimes

part |57 pages

Migration and exploitation crimes

chapter |16 pages

Human trafficking

chapter |23 pages

Migrant smuggling

chapter |16 pages

Child sex tourism

part |101 pages

Commodity crimes

chapter |18 pages

Drug trafficking

chapter |16 pages

Cultural property trafficking

chapter |17 pages

Environmental theft and trafficking

chapter |15 pages

Environmental degradation

The dumping of pollution as a transnational crime

part |105 pages

Facilitative and organizational crimes

chapter |16 pages

Money laundering

chapter |17 pages

Criminalizing corruption

The global initiatives

chapter |15 pages


chapter |15 pages

Terrorism as a transnational crime

part |18 pages


chapter |16 pages

Implementation of transnational criminal law

Issues and challenges