Spotlight on EMPAC experts: Professor Rob McCusker

Professor Rob McCusker is a new EMPAC Senior Research Fellow, bringing with him substantial expertise in understanding serious organised crime, particularly in a transnational context.

Rob is the former Transnational Crime Analyst for the Australian Institute of Criminology, a statutory research agency within the Minister for Justice’s portfolio, which involved providing strategic and operational assistance to government, law enforcement and intelligence agencies.

Professor McCusker is also a former designated expert on Terrorist Financing for the Centre of Excellence -Defence Against Terrorism (COE-DAT, NATO) and a former ‘academic expert’ at the European Parliament on ‘Institutional and Legal Affairs’, ‘Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs’ and ‘Foreign Affairs, Security and Defence’, respectively.

Rob is currently a Fellow of the Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime, Geneva, a designated expert in ‘economic crime’ at the forthcoming 14th UN Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (having also held that position at the 2005, 2010 and 2015 events) and a Member of the Advisory Board of the US-based Global Terrorism Trends and Analysis Centre (GTTAC) which assists the US Department of State, Bureau of Counterterrorism and Countering Violent Extremism.

Rob’s primary focus lies in the anticipation of organised crime typologies and, by determining the dynamics of the licit and illicit marketplaces and the myriad threat vectors they involve, the more effective mitigation of organised crime networks’ impact against private and public sector organisations.

EMPAC is proud to have Rob on board and looks forward to working together on developing research about serious organised crime to improve law enforcement capability.


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