British Journal of Criminology

Major prize for research on EU border enforcement

An article examining the policing of European Union borders has been judged the best article published in the British Journal of Criminology in 2015. The prize, named in honour of criminologist Sir Leon Radzinowicz, is one of the most prestigious awards in criminology.

The article, by Katja Franko Aas of the University of Oslo and Helene O. I. Gundhus of the Norwegian Police University College, studies the workings of Frontex, the agency tasked with the management of the EU's external borders.

'Maybe we should abolish institutes, not open them'

Following the sad death of Professor Nils Christie last month, Oxford University Press have made his 1977 article 'Conflicts as property' available free to view as a mark of respect of his presence in the discipline. In this classic text, the article opens with the following;

'Maybe we should not have any criminology. Maybe we should abolish institutes, not open them. Maybe the social consequences of criminology are more dubious than we like to think.'

All Radzinowicz Prize winning articles in one place!

The Radzinowicz prize is awarded annually for the British Journal of Criminology article(s) that the editors think most contributes to knowledge of criminal justice issues and the development of criminology.

The 2014 Prize has been awarded jointly to:

  • N. Shalhoub-Kevorkian for the paper 'Criminality in spaces of death: the Palestinian case study'
  • Sharon Pickering and Julie Ham for the paper 'Hot pants at the border: sorting sex work from trafficking'

Past articles include:


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