02 Jun 2023

Measuring the treatment: the UNTOC in Africa

This paper uses data and analysis to assess the UNTOC's effectiveness in addressing transnational organised crime on the continent.

The international community prescribed the United Nations Convention Against Transnational Organised Crime (UNTOC) as the treatment to slow the global spread of TOC. However, current diagnoses suggest that this has not been as effective as anticipated. This paper assesses the efficacy of the UNTOC and recommends some changes to the treatment that are likely to yield more successful results.

About the authors

Olwethu Majola is a researcher at the Center for Criminology at the University of Cape Town. She is an attorney and holds an LLM degree in Transnational Criminal Justice from the University of the Western Cape and Humboldt University, Berlin.

Darren Brookbanks is an Analyst at the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime. He is based in Vienna, where he works as part of the UN engagement team. Outside of this role, Darren is a PhD candidate at the Wits School of Governance.

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