Call for papers – illegal hunting

13 May 2015

Papers are invited for a special illegal hunting themed issue of the European Journal of Crime, Criminal Law and Justice.

Guest editors: Angus Nurse, Middlesex University, London and Hans Peter Hansen, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Illegal hunting constitutes an expression of contested legitimacy of wildlife regulation across the world. Community support for the practice has roused the attention of multiple disciplines towards understanding the crime and mitigating its development, while researchers have also explored challenges in enforcing wildlife regulations and the dangers inherent for conservation professionals in doing so.

This special edition contextualises illegal hunting within criminological and criminal justice discourse on resistance/violations of European/EU wildlife regulation. Contributions are invited from scholars exploring illegal hunting within a European criminological context and are particularly welcomed in the following areas:

  • Discussing the motivations ideologies and typologies of potential offenders
  • Assessing the broader environment in which illegal hunting serves as a symptom of discontent, distrust and lack of legitimacy surrounding regulatory frameworks, wildlife conservation policies, and broader issues of development, modernity and attitudes towards non-human animals.
  • Papers examining the policing of hunting laws, exploring both narrow and wide conceptions on policing
  • Analysis of how techniques of neutralization, relative deprivation and attitudes to animals are articulated by offenders both verbally and non-verbally
  • Papers examining the operation of the criminal law and criminal justice policy in relation to illegal hunting

Submission Deadline

Abstracts (maximum 300 words) are required by 1st June 2015. Subject to editorial acceptance completed papers will be required by 12th July 2015 in order to pass through the editorial process in line with the provisional publication schedule in Autumn 2015. This deadline will be strictly adhered to and all papers will be subject to the journal’s normal peer-review processes.

Accepted papers will need to strictly conform to the journal’s style guide and must fit within the aims and scope of the journal.  As a rule, manuscripts should not exceed 8,500 words.

Papers should, in the first instance be submitted to the guest editors:

Further details on the journal can be found at: www.brill.com/european-journal-crime-criminal-law-and-criminal-justice