Panel – Towards a ‘blue’ criminology: How should we study transnational organised crime at sea?

Scott Edwards presented ‘Blue criminology: towards a trans-disciplinary understanding of crime at sea’ at the 24 Hour Conference on Global Organized Crime. The panel, moderated by SafeSeas co-director Tim Edmunds, also featured Mercedes Rosello (Leeds Beckett University) presenting ‘Towards a ‘blue’ criminology: How should we study transnational organised crime at sea?’, Anna Sergi (University of … Read more

SafeSeas submits joint evidence to ‘International Relations and Defence Committee’

SafeSeas submitted evidence to the UK’s House of Lords International Relations and Defence Committee inquiry ‘UNCLOS: fit for purpose in the 21st century?’ The evidence can be downloaded here. The inquiry explored the extent to which the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, which came into force in 1994, remains fit for … Read more

Maritime Insecurity in the Gulf of Guinea: Ghana’s Actual Maritime Crime Picture

Despite the magnitude and implications of transnational organized crime at sea, until recently, the problem had received only minimal attention. That is surprising considering its far-reaching consequences on coastal communities, and its direct correlation to national security. Transnational organized crime at sea, or ‘blue crimes’ include trafficking of arms and light weapons, humans and narcotics, … Read more

Policy brief – Negotiating Capacity Building: The case of maritime security projects in Ghana

The Gulf of Guinea is a global hotspot for maritime insecurity. Ghana, a country in this region, has had its share of blue crime in its waters. This makes it a relevant object of study partly because the country continues to suffer acts of maritime insecurity, including piracy. At the same time, it is also … Read more

SafeSeas visits UK’s Joint Maritime Security Centre

SafeSeas’ Scott Edwards and Tim Edmunds visited the UK’s Joint Maritime Security Centre (JMSC) in Portsdown on 6th October 2021. The visit followed the publication of their paper, written with Christian Bueger, in the RUSI Journal. Titled ‘Innovation and New Strategic Choices: Refreshing the UK’s National Strategy for Maritime Security’, the paper analysed the UK’s … Read more

New report: MAPPING THE ILLICIT E-WASTE TRADE BETWEEN THE UK AND GHANA

Download the report here This new report, a collaboration between the Partnership for Conflict, Crime and Security Research (PaCCS), the Centre for Maritime Law and Security Africa, and SafeSeas, explores the extent, nature, and impact of the e-waste trade between the UK and Ghana by mapping sites along this route. These sites act as categories … Read more

AMARIS holds Interpretation Workshop

The Analyzing Maritime Security in Ghana (AMARIS) project held a two-day Interpretation Workshop in Casablanca, Morocco. The event took place on 25 – 26 August 2021. AMARIS is a collaboration between the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC), the Centre for Maritime Law and Security in Africa (CEMLAWS) and the University of Copenhagen (UCPH). … Read more

Routes, Cables and Spills: New research project on ocean infrastructures

SafeSeas will continue to strengthen it’s partnership with the Department of Political Science (DPS) of the University of Copenhagen through a new research project funded by the Velux Foundation’s Core Group program. The project is a collaboration between DPS, the Helmholtz Institute for Functional Marine Biodiversity and SafeSeas will investigate three key issues in ocean … Read more