The research groups on “universal criminal justice”, “criminal policy against European transnational crimes” and "corruption, economic crime and organised crime" are located at the Department of Criminal Law in the Law Faculty of the University of Salamanca (Spain). Several spanish and foreign academics interested in researching and teaching in the so-called criminal sciences are currently members of these research groups.
The extensive research experience of all of them is reflected in numerous publications in specialised journals and in several monographs and handbooks.
The members of these research groups are developing various lines of work related to the criminal sciences. Among them, we can mention, firstly, the special attention that the team pays to transnational crime, a new form of crime bolstered by the opening of borders in the era of globalisation. Within this type of delinquency, the main areas of work are smuggling, trafficking in human beings, drug trafficking, cybercrime and economic crime (more precisely, corruption and money laundering).
Secondly, another important line of work is related to the principle of universal justice; an essential principle for the prevention and punishment of systematic or mass violations of human rights and violations of International Humanitarian Law, and ultimately, an essential principle for preventing threats to international peace and security and restoring it when necessary.
Lastly, another main research line is linked to the study of trust in justice, critically important in preventing new crime since when citizens have trust in the institutions of justice, they obey the law and cooperate with the authorities.
This website has been funded by the research project “Principle of universal justice: foundation and limits” of the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport (Reference DER 2009-11767).