On Thursday, November 29, 2012, Dr. Gavin Slade spoke to Professor William Berry’s class about his research on Georgian mafias, the subject of Slade’s forthcoming book, Mafia in Transition: The Decline of Organized Crime in Post-Soviet Georgia (working title)(Oxford University Press).
Dr. Slade, who holds a D.Phil. from Oxford, shared with the class his explanation about the rise and fall of the Thieves-in-Law organized crime regime in Georgia after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Specifically, Slade argued that internal dissension and organizational decline in the Thieves-in-Law mafia played a significant role in the success of the Georgian government’s fight against this criminal enterprise. Further, he surmised that the ironic consequence of Georgian reduction of organized crime was the spread of similar mafia activity into Europe.
A leading expert on organized crime in the country of Georgia, Dr. Slade currently holds a prestigious Commonwealth Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship at the Centre for Criminology and Socio-legal Studies at the University of Toronto. His most recent article, No Country for Made Men: The Decline of the Mafia in Post-Soviet Georgiaappears in the September 2012 issue of the Law & Society Review.