State Crime and Colonialism: Call for papers

The academic journal, State Crime, Volume 7, Issue 2 (November 2018)  will be a special issue on State Crime and Colonialism.  The International State Crime Initiative, based in the School of Law in Queen Mary College, University of London, is calling for papers.

This special issue seeks to explore the relationships between state crime and colonialism. This includes the historical experiences of European colonialism and empire; settler colonialism and its ongoing impacts on Indigenous peoples; and the continuities of colonial violence. The aim is to develop dialogues on how understandings of state crime might further be developed and reformulated beyond contemporary human rights paradigms. Potential topics include but are not limited to: colonial genocide and violence against Indigenous peoples; dispossession, displacement and the control of resources; colonial law and human rights; forced removal of children; and colonial narratives of civilization, development and democracy. The deadline for submission of articles is 31 September 2017.

The timeline for submission and publication is as follows:

  • Deadline for submission of articles: 31 September 2017
  • Decisions/Reviewers’ responses to authors: 31 December 2017
  • Submission of final versions: 31 March 2018
  • Publication: November 2018

Anyone wishing to discuss a possible submission to this Special Issue should feel free to contact the Special Issue Editor, Dr. Michael Grewcock ( or State Crime’s Associate Editor, Louise Wise (, although there is no need to do so nor formally register interest.

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State Crime is the first peer-reviewed, international journal that seeks to disseminate leading research on the illicit practices of states. The journal’s focus is a reflection of the growing awareness within criminology that state criminality is endemic and acts as a significant barrier to security and development. Topics covered by the journal include, torture; genocide and other forms of government and politically organised mass killing; war crimes; state-corporate crime; state-organised crime; natural disasters exacerbated by government (in)action; asylum and refugee policy and practice; state terror; political and economic corruption; and resistance to state violence and corruption.

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