Asian Journal of International Law


Fighting Organized Crime in the Asia Pacific Region: New Weapons, Lost Wars

Andreas SCHLOENHARDTa1 c1*

a1 The University of Queensland, TC Beirne School of Law, Australia


This article analyses offences dealing with the incrimination of organized crime under international and domestic laws in the Asia Pacific region and develops recommendations to improve existing and proposed provisions. The article frames the arguments for and against offences such as “participation in an organized crime group”, “gangsterism”, or “racketeering”, and critically examines the rationale, elements, and application of existing and proposed organized crime offences in the Asia Pacific.

(Online publication September 06 2011)


* Associate Professor, The University of Queensland TC Beirne School of Law, Brisbane, Australia; Visiting Fellow, Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore. The author expresses his thanks to Professor CHANG Wen Chen, National Taiwan University, College of Law and Associate Professor LEE Sang Won, Seoul National University, School of Law for their support and friendship at the time this article was finalized.