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Migration Working Group

The CTJ working group on migration and justice explores issues including dynamics of migration, (im)migration policies in developed and developing countries, trafficking in persons, migrant smuggling, and refugees and displaced persons.

Human Trafficking Projects

In 2005, ITJ and the Ford Institute for Human Security at the University of Pittsburgh began a consortium project exploring human trafficking in the Balkans. The project is being codirected by Professor Simon Reich (Pitt) and Professor H. Richard Friman (Marquette), and coordinated by Professor Friman. The first workshop, funded by a $40,000 grant from the Ford Institute, was held at the University of Pittsburgh, May 13-15, 2005. The workshop brought together 10 authors with international reputations in broad thematic and/or country expertise on issues of trafficking, crime, and paths to sustainable peace in the Balkans to initiate discussion and establish the basis for policy proposals.

Workshop participants included Peter Andreas (Brown University), Andrea Bertone (University of Maryland and, Adia Hozic (University of Florida), Nicole Lindstrom (Central European University, Hungary), Vasilika Hysi (University of Tirana, Albania) Gabriela Koneska (Personal Political Advisor to Dr. Erhard Busek, SECI Coordinator and Special Coordinator of the Stability Pact SEE; Former head of the Stability Pact Secretariat at the Initiative to Fight Organized Crime), Lynellyn Long (Independent Consultant and Former Chief of Mission for International Organization for Migration, Bosnia-Herzegovina), Julie Mertus (American University), and Martina Vandenberg (Jenner & Block, Former Europe Researcher Women’s Rights Division for Human Rights Watch). An edited volume based on revised papers presented at the workshop was published in 2007 as Human Trafficking, Human Security, and the Balkans (University of Pittsburgh Press).

IPE Crime Working Group

In May, ITJ hosted an International Political Economy Crime Workshop focused on exploring the contributions that the field of IPE can make to our understandings of global crime and crime control. The workshop, held at Marquette, May 11-13, 2006, brought together 10 leading scholars of the illicit economy. An edited volume based on the workshop was published in 2009 under the International Political Economy Yearbook Series, Lynne Rienner Press. Two panels based on papers from the workshop were organized for and presented at the 2007 Meeting of the International Studies Association in Chicago.

Workshop participants included Ethan Nadelmann (Drug Policy Alliance), Peter Andreas (Brown University), H. Richard Friman (Marquette University), Herman Schwartz (University of Virginia), James Mittelman (American University), Ronen Palan (University of Sussex), John Picarelli (American University), Kamal Sadiq (University of California-Irvine), William Reno (Northwestern University), Monica Serrano (El Colegio de Mexico), and Marieke de Geode (University of Amsterdam).

New Media, Citizenship and Human Rights Working Group

In May 2006, ITJ and the University of Wisconsin-Madison Global Studies Program sponsored a working group conference on "New Media and Citizenship in China." The working group was coordinated by Professor Barrett McCormick, Marquette University.


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