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Fighting Environmental Crime in Europe and Beyond

The Role of the EU and Its Member States

  • Ragnhild Sollund
  • Christoph H. Stefes
  • Anna Rita Germani
  • Presents the findings of an EU-funded international research project on green criminology

  • Boasts a wide range of acclaimed authors writing on highly topical issues

  • Investigates the impacts of environmental crime


Part of the Palgrave Studies in Green Criminology book series (PSGC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Ragnhild Sollund
    Pages 1-15
  3. Michael G. Faure
    Pages 17-43
  4. Anna Rita Germani, Giacomo D’Alisa, Pasquale Marcello Falcone, Piergiuseppe Morone
    Pages 45-73
  5. Stephanie Newman, Andrew Farmer
    Pages 75-98
  6. Jennifer Maher, Ragnhild Sollund
    Pages 99-128
  7. Andrea Illés, Kristof Geeraerts
    Pages 129-160
  8. Christoph H. Stefes, Pete Theodoratos
    Pages 187-216
  9. Christoph H. Stefes, Anna Rita Germani
    Pages 217-231
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 233-236

About this book


This is a unique collection arising from a major European collaboration. It provides balanced, important and interesting essays on a range of topical issues making a significant contribution to green criminology and the study of environmental harms and crimes.

Nigel South, Centre for Criminology, University of Essex.

Environmental crimes may originate in specific locations, but these harms do not respect geographical borders.  The chapters in this wonderful anthology describe the scope and extent of environmental wrong-doing in the EU and elsewhere, and they demonstrate the power -- indeed, the necessity -- of interdisciplinary and international collaborative and cooperative responses.  This collection is indispensable for those seeking diverse examples and rich analysis of the causes and consequences of and possible solutions to a range of acts and omissions that despoil the environment.

Avi Brisman, MFA, JD, PhD, Associate Professor, School of Justice Studies, College of Justice and Safety

This book will bring together the findings of a multi-disciplinary and international research project funded by the European Union (EU). “European Union Action to Fight Environmental Crime" (EFFACE) was a 40-month research project that included eleven European research institutions and think tanks and was led by Ecologic Institute Berlin. EFFACE assessed the impacts of environmental crime as well as effective and feasible policy options for combating it from an multidisciplinary perspective, with a focus on the EU. As part of this project, numerous instances of environmental crime within and outside of the EU were studied and are now presented in this volume. 

This edited collection is highly innovative in showing not only the many facets of environmental crime, but also how it should be conceptualised and the consequences. An original and rigorous study, this book will be of particular interest to policy makers and scholars of green criminology and environmental studies.


Economics Political Science Criminology Criminal Justice Climate Change European Union Species Justice Wildlife Trafficking Environmental Law Policy Transnational Crime

Editors and affiliations

  • Ragnhild Sollund
    • 1
  • Christoph H. Stefes
    • 2
  • Anna Rita Germani
    • 3
  1. 1.University of OsloOsloNorway
  2. 2.Department of Political ScienceUniversity of Colorado DenverDenverUSA
  3. 3.Sapienza University of RomeRomeItaly

About the editors

Ragnhild Sollund is Professor in Criminology at the University of Oslo, Norway.

Christoph H. Stefes is Associate Professor for Comparative European and Post-Soviet Studies at the University of Colorado, Denver, USA, and Senior Fellow at the Ecologic Institute Berlin, Germany.

Anna Rita Germani (PhD, MSc) is Aggregate Professor in Economics at the Department of Law, Philosophy and Economic Studies at the University of Rome, Italy.

Bibliographic information


“Fighting Environmental Crime in Europe and Abroad: The Role of the EU and its Member States, edited by Ragnhild Sollund, Chrisoph H. Stefes and Anna Rita Germani—offer rich illustrative examples of the tensions and differences between thinking and doing green criminology. … a volume that offers not only a series of well-articulated case studies that make for compelling reading, but also a comprehensive and supremely useful resource to green criminologists working within the traditional, crime-based mode of criminological analysis.” (Critical Criminology, Vol. 26, 2018)