"Globalization has changed us into a company that searches the world, not just to sell or to source, but to find intellectual capital - the world's best talents and greatest ideas."

- Jack Welch

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To learn more about criminal justice and law in a specific country, you can search using the regional maps below.

Regions of the world tend to follow similar trends and patterns in criminal justice and law. The following regions below will be examined, both for similarities and differences. Note that N. America includes the Caribbean and Oceania includes Islands of the Pacific and Indian Ocean.

Globalization and Criminal Justice Law

No matter how one feels about globalization, the world continues to trend in that direction. What IS globalization?

"Globalization is the spread of products, technology, information, and jobs across national borders and cultures. In economic terms, it describes an interdependence of nations around the globe fostered through free trade." - Investopedia, Globalization

A similar definition is provided by the World Health Organization. It states,

"Globalization, or the increased interconnectedness and interdependence of peoples and countries, is generally understood to include two inter-related elements: the opening of international borders to increasingly fast flows of goods, services, finance, people and ideas; and the changes in institutions and policies at national and international levels that facilitate or promote such flows. Globalization has the potential for both positive and negative effects on development and health." - WHO, Globalization

In other words, globalization involves the increased speed of goods and services combined with increased access by everyone on earth. In fact, globalization started many decades ago with mainly US corporations eager to expand their reach beyond Western Nations, specifically America. Today, globalization is getting supercharged thanks to the expansion of the internet via smart phones.

The Globalization of Criminal Justice and Law

The United States, United Kingdom and many European powers have long sought to expand their influence worldwide. Even China, the former Soviet Union and now the Russian Federation seek to expand their powers beyond their own borders. In fact, this desire is rooted in history.

Alexander the Great wanted to conquer the known world. Rome did the same. Long before these powers, Egyptian Pharoahs controlled as much of the world as they could. And before them, the ancient Sumerian civilization expanded their culture as far as the Americas long before the continents were called America. This we know because zigurat-style structures, developed in ancient Babylon, have been found in Central and South America, even possibly in North America.

In other words, the desire for united world is nothing new.

What IS new is the necessity for a more connected world.

The internet, social media and smart phones have made it easier for criminal elements to expand their reach and protect their interests. This has created a difficult situation for law enforcement and other criminal justice agencies worldwide.

Criminals do not respect borders, yet police must. Without greater cooperation among the nations, that is, a more global approach, the criminal organizations will win. There is no path to justice in the world without the globalization of criminal justice organizations. The situation is that simple.

Criminal Justice Law International Mission

In keeping with this, the mission of Criminal Justice Law International is to help students and professionals regardless of nationality better serve their communities. Our goal is to grow the resouces and information on this site into a single, central resource.

This is a massive undertaking, so we are asking anyone who can help to do so. If you would like to join the effort to build this resource, please visit our Contribute Page to learn more.

Five Globalized Crimes of the Times

By cjoakes | March 25, 2020

By C. J Oakes Issue: Organized crime groups offer more than simply drug to their clients. As with any business, organized crime groups have diversified with serious implications for both U.S. and International police agencies. Abstract As globalism connects the world more closely, criminal organizations are finding innovative ways to reap enormous profits.  Organized crime […]

Is Globalization Increasing Human Trafficking?

By cjoakes | March 25, 2020

By C J Oakes Slavery, banned by the global community and imagined eradicated by most, is again thriving worldwide. Human trafficking continues to increase despite the best efforts to stop it. Is globalization the cause? Even though efforts to educate vulnerable populations about ways to avoid becoming victims of slavery rings, the practice of trafficking in human […]

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About CJLaw Intl

The purpose of Criminal Justice Law International is to explore issues of importance to Criminal Justice and Law students worldwide while providing tools and resources to enhance education.

Justice is NOT just an American concept.

Justice, social justice, and criminal justice impact everyone on the planet. As the world becomes more globalized, more interconnected via technology and transportation, a need arises to alter the old ways of approaching criminals and crime control.

We hope to be a positive influence on these changes. Learn more About CJLaw Intl.



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