The United Nations (UN) is the most prominent international organization for fighting transnational crime. This entry outlines the origins of the UN, the evolution of its conventions and protocols related to transnational crime, and the role of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). Also considered are some of the central debates about the effectiveness of the UN, particularly UNODC.

Origins and Overview

Established in June 1945, the UN is an intergovernmental organization comprising 192 member states. During World War II, the Allied powers held a series of conferences to establish an organization that would undertake a role similar to that of the failed League of Nations, an organization that had been established to manage and preserve international peace and security. The UN Charter was ...

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