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Death Penalties and the Challenge of Transnational Crime Investigations in the Asia-Pacific: Australian–EU Perspectives
The EU Centre at RMIT, in conjunction with Curtin University’s Strategic Flashlight Series, is pleased to invite you to a closed-door briefing delivered by Dr Mark Briskey, Senior Lecturer in Curtin University’s Department of Social Sciences and International Studies.
The recent execution of two convicted Australian drug traffickers in Indonesia created heightened tension in the bilateral relationship between these Australia and Indonesia. Indonesia’s determination to go ahead with the executions created significant public and media discussion critical of the Indonesian Government. However, Indonesia was not the only government to be criticised, with the role of Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and especially the Australian Federal Police coming under scrutiny for their role, which led to the arrest, charging and sentencing of the Bali Nine drug traffickers.
This presentation will examine how Australia operates with Asian partners in the collection of criminal intelligence and active investigations into transnational drug trafficking within death penalty jurisdictions; in particular, the role of legal and informal arrangements such as memorandums of understanding operating between international investigative agencies.
About Dr Mark Briskey
Prior to joining the higher education sector, Mark Briskey worked in State and Federal police services for over 20 years. He was the Australian Federal Police Senior Liaison Officer in Bangladesh and Indonesia and held postings in Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Myanmar. In Australia, Mark was National Coordinator of Drug Investigations and also worked with Counter-Terrorism Operations.
In addition to his PhD from UNSW, Mark holds a Master of Criminology Degree, Master of Strategic Affairs and Graduate Diploma in Islamic Studies. He has lectured at the ADF Staff College Canberra, University of Canberra, Charles Sturt University, NSW Police, WA Police, Oxford University, and in April 2015 presented at the ‘Securitisation of South Asia’ conference in the UK.