Law Enforcement Responses to Transnational Environmental Crime: Choices, Challenges, and Culture

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Grant Pink

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Working paper

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TEC Working Paper 4/2013

Grant Pink, ‘Law Enforcement Responses to Transnational Environmental Crime: Choices, Challenges, and Culture’, TEC Working Paper 4/2013, Canberra: Transnational Environmental Crime Project, Department of International Relations, Australian National University, July 2013.

This paper considers the issue of law enforcement responses to transnational environmental crime with a particular focus on the role of environmental regulatory agencies. More specifically, it identifies and analyses the various operational and policy factors which inform and shape responses to transnational environmental crime. The aim of this paper is to furnish environmental regulatory agencies with information, options, and strategies so they can more effectively detect, deter, and disrupt this form of transnational crime. The paper outlines the different roles and functions of police agencies, customs and port authorities, and environmental regulatory agencies in terms of their efforts in the fight against transnational environmental crime. It also compares the use of administrative, civil, and criminal law enforcement responses by these response agencies.

About the author

Grant Pink is currently employed as a Director of Regulatory Capability and Assurance Section in the project‘s partner organisation, the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities. Mr Pink‘s experience in this role has involved five years of capacity-building activities across operational, intelligence, policy, and liaison functions at the national, regional, and international level.

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