5-6 July 2019, Sofia, Bulgaria

Dismembering Organised Crime: Identifying, Analysing and Countering

The SGOC, in collaboration with the University of Sofia, The Centre for the Study of Democracy, and The Global Initiative Against Transnational Organised Crime, held the third ECPR SGOC conference in the scenic Bulgarian capital — Sofia. Our host was the Department of Political Science in the Faculty of Philosophy of Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski.”


Organised crime is part of everyday life in many locations around the world. It is not uniquely a feature of poverty but also a characteristic of modern 21st century life. The focus of the conference is the different manifestations of organised crime. This conference seeks to encourage the presentation of cutting edge empirical research which intersects different disciplines and methodologies.


Tuesday Reitano, Deputy Director at the Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime and a senior research advisor at the Institute for Security Studies in Pretoria.

Francesco Strazzari of NUPI’s Consortium for Research on Terrorism and International Crime in 2013 and Associate Professor of International Relations at the Pisa-based Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies.

Welcome from the Local Organising Committee

Welcome to Sofia, the capital city of Bulgaria – a crossroad of cultures and bridge between civilizations. Our region has always been contested by great powers and has always been a border delimiting their interests. Border territories are fruitful soil for smuggling, trafficking and other organized criminal activities. We are glad to host the third general conference of the ECPR Standing Group on Organized Crime and hope it will draw the attention of the international academic and research community on our region for deeper understanding of local manifestations of organized crime.

Assoc. Prof. Dr Stoycho P. Stoychev, Sofia University

Click the link to see Martin Atanasov’s artistic work who reflected his creative outputs after presentations of researchers in the conference.