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‘Corruption risk, risk of corruption?

Distinguishing criteria between petty and high-ranking corruption'

101014783 — CRITCOR

The ‘Corruption risk, risk of corruption? Distinguishing criteria between petty and high-ranking corruption’ (101014783 — CRITCOR) project was funded by the European Union’s HERCULE III programme.” The CRICTOR will be implemented between 1 January 2021 and 31 March 2022.


It is good to know where is the border between the legally defined and pursued corruption activities and the socially accepted ones. The question of the project is how the indicators of corruption in society and of corruption crimes that can be assessed in terms of criminal law relate to each other.

The project relies on four pillars:

   1 The kick off meeting will analyze the definition, forms, measuring, actors and language of corruption based on a grounding questionnaire. 
  2 The second workshop will be dealing with these topics, and by an intensive and common analysis of the adopted presentations it will discuss the topic of corruption with more details and by giving a deeper insight into it. 
  3 The third pillar training session uses world cafe method for legal practitioners. They discuss four case studies on corruption from different countries, in order to find out the important aspects for criminal justice professionals. 
  4 The final conference summarizes the results of the four pillars of the project.

By the time of the final conference two volumes (online) and a toolkit (online/printed) will be published. The results of a meta-analysis of a former study on high level corruption (done by the OKRI in 2018), and the results of a small new research (done by the members of this project) is going to be discussed in line with the protection of the financial interests of the EU at the workshop, the training, as well as at the final conference. About 270 people – criminal justice practitioners, academics and policy makers – will be directly involved in the project and benefit from the results, although the project targets beneficiaries more widely (national/international). This is achieved by volumes and a toolkit on corruption for assisting practitioners on a daily basis.






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Balkan Criminology Network

In 2017 Hungary was honored to arrange the 4th Annual Conference of the Balkan Criminology Network. The conference will take place at the National Institute of Criminology from the 21st of September until the 24th of September in 2017, with the title: ‟Victimology and Victim Protection in the Balkans”.

Please find the final program of the 4th Annual Conference of the Max Planck Partner Group for Balkan Criminology

The Balkan Criminology Network (BC Network) has been established in January 2013 jointly by the Max-Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law and the Zagreb Faculty of Law. The aim of the establishment was to create a forum which encourages productive dialogue in between the experts of criminology within the Balkan region, as well as to conduct common criminological regional researches for university lecturers and researchers. There is a strong need to connect and interlink all the present research potential – from the Balkans as well as from outside, due to the fact the numerous activities and projects implemented work fragmented in our region. The BC Network is the first group which is able to represent the region in scientific terms, though it is obvious that we lots of common features both in geographic and political terms, which urges the common thinking mainly in such a sensitive topic as criminology.

So the Balkan Criminology Network initiates common comparative researches. These examinations have already started in different topics. The first issue covered by the BC Network was the history and education of criminology in the Balkan region. In 2015 the scientific group concentrated on the hottest questions of imprisonment, the following year’s discussion went on to describe the phenomenon of violence.

In the year of 2013 and 2014 the Conferences were held at the Zagreb University, in 2015 in Sarajevo at the Faculty of Law, and the 3rd Annual Conference took place at Bucharest University.

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The MARGIN project coordination activities are intended to contribute to the creation of sustainable modes of cooperation between stakeholders dealing with security issues.

The project provides policy makers with evidence-based tools for developing and assessing strategies targeted at the reduction of insecurity among different demographic and socioeconomic groups. It sets up an international environment for knowledge exchange involving some of the leading EU institutions in Crime Victimization Surveys (CVSs). Along with police statistics, CVSs have become an internationally recognized tool for identifying and analysing factors affecting public and personal perceptions of insecurity.

Perception of insecurity arises as a very heterogeneous concept not limited to actual crime rates but encompassing a wide range of other aspects including personal wellbeing, trust in public institutions, justice and social integration. MARGIN addresses the topic of insecurity by taking into account its heterogeneity.

Based on previous and on-going research activities, the project’s specific aims are:

  1. to create a framework enabling end-users to contrast objective and subjective measures of insecurity (i.e. compare police statistics with CVS data);
  2. to develop and validate a thematic survey with a sample of 15.400 citizens that allows for the assessment of the impact of demographic, socio-economic and socio-geographic variables on the perception of insecurity;
  3. to investigate the socio-cultural determinants of insecurity perception through the implementation of anthropological fieldwork in five EU countries;
  4. to share best practices and outcomes in a final event with 100 key end-users. By deepening the understanding of the root causes of insecurity, MARGIN is expected to foster the creation of community resilience practices empowering citizens (especially among those at risk of exclusion) to better face risks and increase the public and personal perception of security.


Political motivated crime
in the light of current migration flows


PoMigra (Political motivated crime in the light of current migration flows – a transnational situation report and development of practical prevention measures) is a joint international cooperation project of eight European countries, initiated by the Federal Criminal Police Office of Germany and funded by the Internal Security Fund from the European Union – German National Program ISF. It intends to support prevention of extremism and deradicalisation as well as improvement of protection of the people from politically motivated crime. The project started with the kick off meeting in September of 2016. In this project, scientific institutes and research units from security agencies are participating, among others the Terrorism/Extremism Research Unit at the Federal Criminal Police Office, Germany, the Masaryk University, Czech Republic and the National Institute of Criminology, Hungary, represented by two researchers, Dr. Szilveszter Póczik and Dr. Eszter Sárik.




Workshops at National Institute of Criminology


25 January

Presenter: Katalin Tilki

Issues of criminal protection of animals
Poisonings against protected and highly protected animals





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