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Welcome to the kvl-homepage!

This website presents information on organized crime from a social science perspective with a special geographical focus on the U.S. and Germany.
The site has first been launched in 1999. The original purpose had been to share material collected for a doctoral dissertation with a broader public. The material includes, for example, a list of Congressional hearings on organized crime and a collection of organized crime definitions both of which have been considerably expanded over the years. A number of papers on organized-crime related subjects have also consecutively been added and are available for downloading.
A more recent addition is the book review section which features reviews of books on organized crime and related topics.
This site is bilingual (English and German). Some content, however, is available only in one of these two languages.
The material presented on this website may be used for academic, journalistic and official purposes in accordance with the applicable copyright laws. Please identify the source as 'Klaus von Lampe, Organized Crime Research (kvl-homepage),'.


Perhaps the largest collection of currently some 90 different definitions of organized crime can be found on this website.


Some 50 academic and journalistic books on organized crime and related topics, addressing different events, persons and structures in various countries, are reviewed from an organized crime researcher's perspective. The overriding question always is: What does the particular book contribute to a better understanding of organized crime?


Papers on various aspects of organized crime (conceptual history, trust and organized crime, use of models in the analysis of organized crime, assessing organized crime, cigarette smuggling, etc.) can be downloaded from the Publications Page.


Useful links to academic, official and journalistic websites.

This website is presented by Klaus von Lampe, researcher at Free University Berlin, Germany.

Latest Update:

10 October 2005


...since 9 February 2001:


Book Announcements

Threats and Phantoms of Organised Crime, Corruption and Terrorism, Petrus van Duyne, Matjaz Jager, Klaus von Lampe, James Newell (eds.), Nijmegen, Netherlands: Wolf Legal Publishers, 2004. More...

Criminal Finances and Organising Crime, Petrus van Duyne, Klaus von Lampe, James Newell (eds.), Nijmegen, Netherlands: Wolf Legal Publishers, 2003. More...

Upperworld and Underworld in Cross-Border Crime, Petrus van Duyne, Klaus von Lampe, Nikos Passas (eds.), Nijmegen, Netherlands: Wolf Legal Publishers, 2002. More...

Recent Publication:

Klaus von Lampe, Organized Crime in Europe, in: Philip Reichel (ed.), Handbook of International Crime & Justice, Thousand Oaks, CA, et al.: Sage Publications, 2005, 403-424