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Illicit Trade Group Launching event - The Dark Side of Globalization

When:We 04-11-2020 14:00 - 15:45
Where:Van Swinderen Huys, Oude Boteringestraat 19, Groningen

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Join the Illicit Trade Group (ITG) on the 4th of November for their launching event! After three successful editions of a Summer School on Illicit Trade, shedding light on the dark side of globalization, ITG is broadening its activities by creating an interdisciplinary research environment at the University of Groningen to foster a discussion on the causes, consequences and solutions to the challenges posed by illicit trade. On the 4th of November, ITG will present its activities for the coming year, which include a Winter and Summer School organized with the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI), ad-hoc training, and university colloquia.

During the event, we will discuss the pros and cons of Globalization, the challenges posed by illicit trade and the threats that they pose to the sustainability of our societies. The discussion features interventions by Prof. Jouke de Vries, President of the University of Groningen, Dr. Leif Villadsen, Deputy Director of UNICRI, and Prof. Louise Shelley, George Mason University. 

The event will take place at the Van Swinderen Huys in accordance with the guidelines of the RIVM and University Board. Because of these guidelines, physical attendance is regrettably restricted to speakers and organizers. A link to the livestream will be provided to those who cannot join in person. 

For more information on the Illicit Trade Group, visit the website:

This event  is sponsored by GSG and Sustainable Society.



14:00 Opening: What is the Illicit Trade Group?
14:10 Greetings from the Dean(s)
14:15 Jouke de Vries (President, University of Groningen)
The pros and cons of Globalization
14:25 Leif Villadsen (Deputy Director, UN Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute)
14:35 Q&A
14:45 Break
15:00 Louise I. Shelley (George Mason University / Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption Center)
15:20 Q&A
15:35 Closing remarks
15:45 End of programme