Edward Van Asch
Research Area The Effectiveness of International Cooperation in Fighting Transnational Organized Crime
Supervisors Professor Joanna Shapland
Prior to starting his PhD, Edward van Asch was working with key partners in Southeast Asia to increase cross border cooperation and strengthen the capacity of governments and law enforcement officers to counter the illegal wildlife trade. Based in Thailand for over three years, he worked with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and TRAFFIC Southeast Asia in key regional initiatives and projects such as the Border Liaison Offices (BLO), the UNODC-led PATROL Programme, and as one of the partners of the ‘Support Program’ of the ASEAN Wildlife Enforcement Network (ASEAN-WEN). Before arriving in Southeast Asia, he received a Masters in International Criminology from the University of Sheffield and a degree in International Relations with French from the University of Sussex.
Summary: The research will analyse the efforts of different countries to counter criminal syndicates and will determine if and how international cooperation is and has been effective in fighting against transnational organized crime in the region. An initial description of the major transnational crimes will be given, with an emphasis on past and present initiatives to assist countries in combating them. The research will contextualize the illegal wildlife trade as one of the major Transnational Organized Crimes (TOC). The study will also examine if such initiatives can be used in different regions.
Centre for Criminological Research and CrimSoc