The Challenges of Fighting Global Organized Crime in Latin America

Posted: 26 Apr 2011

See all articles by Luz Estella Nagle

Luz Estella Nagle

Stetson University - College of Law

Date Written: 2003


Latin American states have long been fertile ground for organized crime. Some of the world’s busiest corridors for trafficking in drugs, weapons, documents, and human beings run between and through Latin America and the United States and Canada. While Latin American states are signatories to many conventions and international agreements to fight organized crime, endemic corruption and the inability to Latin American states to enforce domestic law and honor international agreements hinders the capacity of international law enforcement partnerships to address transborder crime. This article looks as the duties of Latin American states to fight organized crime and the difficulties the states have in honoring is international responsibilities.

Keywords: Latin America, Organized Crime, Global Organized Crime, Drug Trafficking, Weapons, Arms, Human Trafficking, International Law, Transborder Crime

JEL Classification: K33

Suggested Citation

Nagle, Luz Estella, The Challenges of Fighting Global Organized Crime in Latin America (2003). Fordham International Law Journal, Vol. 26, 2003, Available at SSRN:

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