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Featured abstracts from 2017 Crime & Justice in Asia & the Global South Conference

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Next year, the Crime and Justice Research Centre will co-host the Crime and Justice in Asia and the Global South International Conference with the Asian Criminological Society. The conference will be held in Cairns from 10-13 July 2017 and will feature international speakers:

  • Professor Rosemary Barberet;
  • Professor Jiahong Liu;
  • Professor John Braithwaite; and
  • Professor Raewyn Connell.

To showcase the diversity of topics that will be presented during the conference, each week the CJRC blog will feature an accepted abstract from a presenter.

This week’s featured abstract is from Dr. Anqi Shen from Teeside University (UK). Dr. Shen is also a successful recipient of a CJRC Early-Career Researcher Scholarship in Southern Criminology.

Last month, the CJRC awarded eleven successful applicants from around the world with Early-Career Researcher and Senior Fellow scholarships in Southern Criminology. The main purpose of the scholarships are to support the travel and attendance to the 2017 conference and to support collaborative research with CJRC scholars on topics related to developing the projects of Southern Criminology. A list of the successful applicants can be accessed here.

Featured abstract: 

“Alcohol counterfeiting in the People’ Republic of China” by Dr. Anqi Shen, Teeside University (UK)

China is identified as the single largest producing market of counterfeit and pirated products in the world, and undoubtedly successful Chinese businesses are more likely to be targeted by counterfeiters in their own country. A body of academic studies has been carried out to explore China’s counterfeiting problems. However, despite occasional news reports, little information and analysis that focuses on alcohol counterfeiting is available in English language literature. Thus, alcohol counterfeiting in China is an important but neglected area of study, given that China has a large drinking population and alcohol counterfeiting, as counterfeiting and product piracy as a whole, is a compelling social problem there, and that it may have a global impact. The present study aims to provide an account of social organisation of the alcohol counterfeiting industry in the People’s Republic of China to gain some insights into the illicit trade. It also aims to find out if China’s counterfeiting business has been feeding the alcohol black markets around the globe. Specifically, it examines the nature, scale and trends of alcohol counterfeiting in China, describes the illegal activities and individuals involved in the various phases of the counterfeiting processes, and finally it attempts to explain some major factors in relation to the criminal industry of alcohol counterfeiting in the country. It is hoped that the findings of this study make an important contribution to the international literature on alcohol counterfeiting, and counterfeiting and the pirated trade in general.

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