Transnational organised crime interferes with the everyday lives of more and more people and represents a serious threat to democracy. By now, organised crime has become an inherent feature of economic globalisation, and the fine line between the legal and illegal operation of business networks is blurred. Additionally, few experts could claim to have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the laws and regulations governing the international flow of trade, and hence of the borderline towards criminal transactions. This book offers contributions from 12 countries around the world authored by 25 experts from a wide range of academic disciplines, representatives from civil society organisations and private industry, journalists, as well as activists. Recognising the complexity of the issue, this publication provides a cross cultural and multi-disciplinary analysis of transnational organised crime including a historical approach from different regional and cultural contexts.