Events - 15.02.2016 - 00:00 

A "recipe against evil"

From Tuesday, 23 February onwards, Prof. Dr. Martin Killias will consider the question as to why white-collar crime, corruption and people trafficking are regarded as the epitome of evil. And how the USA succeeded in getting them recognised as criminal offences at an international level.


16 February 2016. Corruption in the context of the award of the Football World Cup has hogged the media headlines in the past year. Besides organised crime, money laundering and people trafficking, corruption is one of the criminal offences whose designations hail from America. But why did these designations originate in the United States? And how did America succeed in imposing its "recipes against evil" on the entire western world?

In his four-part series on "White-collar crime, corruption, organised crime and people trafficking – the epitome of evil in our time?", Prof. Dr. Martin Killias will explain how the criminal offences developed in the United States as "epitomes of evil" were able to gain ground at an international level. The Professor of Criminal Law, Criminal Procedural Law and Criminology will discuss these issues with the audience with the help of empirical studies, along with the question as to what problems we have in Switzerland and how they could be combatted in the most effective way. Killias will demonstrate that a repressive view proves inadequate and will often cause even more problems.

The lectures will take place at the University of St.Gallen in Room HSG 01-014 on Tuesday at 6.15 p.m. Dates: 23 February, 1 March, 8 March and 15 March 2016. 

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