The International State Crime Initiative (ISCI) is an interdisciplinary forum for research, reportage, training and debate on state violence and corruption. Through both empirical and theoretical enquiry our community of scholars aims to connect rigorous research with emancipatory activism.
By state crime we mean state organisational deviance resulting in human rights violations. Focusing on the role of civil society in defining, exposing and challenging state violence and corruption, the concept of state crime extends beyond domestic and international legal categories. It also includes crimes committed by proto-states or by other powerful entities supported by states.
ISCI is based at Queen Mary University of London with an additional centre at Ulster University which specialises in kleptocracy and corruption.