27-Sept-20 Marshals and Police

Like all significant social events, COVID-19 has its own lexicon of words and phrases that we find ourselves hearing and using – ‘test, track and trace’, ‘a V-shaped recovery’, ‘asymptomatic’, ‘lockdown’, ‘second spike’, and so on. One word doing the rounds currently is ‘marshal’. To ensure that the public are following social distancing rules, BorisContinue reading “27-Sept-20 Marshals and Police”

14-July-20 COVID-19 and Accountability

Initially there was scepticism from the UK Chief Medical Officer and his colleagues about the value of wearing face masks.  People might not wear them correctly, may become complacent and forget to prioritise handwashing and social distancing.  In the US, Trump said in April 2020 that he would not wear a mask and mocked hisContinue reading “14-July-20 COVID-19 and Accountability”

8-June-20 The Impact of COVID-19 on Sex Workers

This was first published by the author on 8 June 2020 in LSE COVID-19 Social Policy, a blog by the London School of Economics and Political Science. In 2019, I co-authored a Home Office-commissioned report with colleagues at the University of Bristol on the nature and prevalence of prostitution and sex work in England andContinue reading “8-June-20 The Impact of COVID-19 on Sex Workers”

5-May-20 Password-Spraying

Today it was reported that “The UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) have seen large-scale ‘password spraying’ campaigns against healthcare bodies and medical research organisations” (NCSC, 5 May 2020).  ‘Password spraying’ is an attempt to access a large number of accounts using commonly known passwords.  Apparently, theseContinue reading “5-May-20 Password-Spraying”

30-Apr-20 Court System Under Lockdown

The court system is not known for its speed (due process, rather than crime control, remember) and the pandemic will exacerbate this further.  The Institute for Government (IfG) reports that “the coronavirus lockdown has seen courtrooms closed for all but a small number of priority cases and jury trials are suspended altogether”.  Their research suggestsContinue reading “30-Apr-20 Court System Under Lockdown”

29-Apr-20 Counterfeiting

Continuing in the vein of transnational crimes this week, it is worth noting how criminals are responding to the pandemic and switching into counterfeit PPE and medical supplies.  In normal times, there are established suppliers and distribution chains to manage, for example, the respirator mask needs of the health and social care sector.  But sinceContinue reading “29-Apr-20 Counterfeiting”

22-Apr-20 COVID-19 and Green Criminology

There has been much media coverage about the impact of the global lockdown on the environment. Satellite pictures are showing dramatic declines in air pollution; wildlife is repopulating clearing lakes and canals; animals have started to reclaim urban streets and towns; flights have been grounded and the price of crude oil has plummeted as demandContinue reading “22-Apr-20 COVID-19 and Green Criminology”

24-Mar-20 Domestic Abuse

I mentioned in our last lecture that the current situation of containing people at home would have particular implications for victims of domestic abuse.  See, for example. While many associate domestic abuse with physical abuse (which can certainly feature) and perhaps sexual abuse (less often talked about), abuse is always defined by control, known asContinue reading “24-Mar-20 Domestic Abuse”

23-Mar-20 Corona Profiteers

Today, I thought it would be interesting to think about behaviour in the current context.  The papers have been full of stories of people profiteering from COVID-19.  See for example here and here. Authorities are looking at enforcing regulation, including competition rules. But it’s not just smaller actors seeking to flog handwash or toilet rollsContinue reading “23-Mar-20 Corona Profiteers”