Resolution of round tables held on September 26-27th, 2020
In the rapidly evolving world, all aspects of our lives and societies inevitably change, and organized crime and criminal traditions are no exception. Oppositely, usually, the criminal world is the first to react to changes, which necessitates having up to date information and understanding new tendencies and progressions.
On September 26-27, 2020, the round tables were held by the “International society of expert criminologists” that brought together different experts from Canada, USA, Brazil, South Africa, Great Britain, and Ukraine. The “International Society of Expert Criminologists” unites leading experts in criminology, criminalistics, organized crime, money laundering, wildlife crime, criminal traditions, investigators around the globe to objectively look into ongoing global issues and prognose their further developments. The goal of the “International Society of Expert Criminologists” is to provide up to date assessments of criminalization tendencies every three-four months and search for effective countermeasure tactics on national and transnational levels.
The following questions were the subject of round tables:
• What are the current tendencies in criminalization on the national and transnational levels?
• Will the post-pandemic era require new methods of countermeasures?
• Have the prognoses stated in the previous meeting came true, and if yes in what ways?
Since the meeting of leading experts in May 2020 unmistakably the tendency of criminalization in countries does not decrease. Speaking of organized crime—statistics and reports of official institutions around the world along with independent research of crime experts and criminologists— indicate that they are performing well despite the pandemic. Besides, they adjust and evolve in the age of technology at times faster than many expected. “Absurdity of crime” as termed by Academician Popov is relevant more than ever as it is witnessed even in extreme emergency global situations. Not only most types of crimes have increased but previously committed crimes are simply taking new and different forms of absurdity. As noted by experts— consequences of the pandemic along with media intensifying psychological pressure of world citizens—have become “a perfect ground” for an increase of criminal activities’ rates and scale. Correspondingly, if world leaders and governments won’t reconsider measures and tactics chosen during emergencies—future crises will become another catalyzer of criminality worldwide and businesses will have no choice but to search for non- traditional methods and accept (knowingly or otherwise) illegal assets as help to survive. Whenever incidents such as are left to follow its own momentum they lead to the global economic collapse which is nothing but profitable for a “criminal economy”. No less important aspects are awareness and proper basic qualification of world citizens concerning cyber threats, better training for law enforcement agencies, and well-timed cooperation among decision making international institutions.