Humboldt Research Award to Prof. Neil Boister

Prof.  Neil Boister  of the  University of  Waikato’s Law  Faculty was
awarded a prestigious Humboldt  Research Award in February 2014. The Humboldt  Foundation grants up to only 100  Humboldt Research Awards annually. Prof Boister
will take up  his Award in December 2014 working  with Prof Dr Florian
Jessberger in the Faulty of Law at the University of Hamburg.

Boister, Neil

His proposed research project will focus on the role that The European
Union  has  played  in  initiating the  development  of  transnational
criminal law,  the system of international treaties  and domestic laws
designed  to suppress  transnational crime.  A considerable  amount of
research has been done into the  role played in the past by the United
States  in   the  development   of  transnational  criminal   law,  in
identifying threats and developing substantive and procedural criminal
laws  to suppress those  threats, and  then setting  about globalising
those laws  through a  treaty basis. There  has, however,  been little
work done  on the role played  by the European Union  and its agencies
such  as  the  European  Police  Office  (Europol)  and  the  European
Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) in  the development of transnational criminal
law.  While  the EU  is  well known  as  a  laboratory for  developing
responses to  crime internally, the EU  has been globally  active in a
range  of  areas  including  anti-money  laundering  and  anti-tobacco
smuggling legislation. It has been pushing the models it has developed
globally and  inevitably states  like New Zealand  are faced  with the
decision  of  whether   to  adapt  their  law  to   in  this  case  EU
model. Broadly  speaking this research  project will thus  examine how
and why the EU has  developed into a ‘transnational norm entrepreneur’
within   transnational  criminal   law,  and   what  this   means  for
transnational criminal law.