International State Crime Initiative (ISCI)
The International State Crime Initiative (ISCI) is an interdisciplinary forum for research, reportage, training and debate on state violence and corruption. Through both empirical and theoretical enquiry ISCI's community of scholars aims to connect rigorous research with emancipatory activism.
By state crime the Initiative members mean state organisational deviance resulting in human rights violations. Focusing on the role of civil society in defining, exposing and challenging state violence and corruption, the concept of state crime extends beyond domestic and international legal categories. It also includes crimes committed by proto-states or by other powerful entities supported by states.
ISCI is based at Queen Mary University of London with an additional centre at Ulster University which specialises in kleptocracy and corruption.
ISCI's primary areas of research include:
- Criminological approaches to the state and state crime
- Theories of resistance to state crime
- The role of civil society in defining and censuring state violence and corruption
- Theories of state corruption
- Types of state violence
- The rise of global human rights
- The rise of transitional justice
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