On behalf of Repubblika I’m participating this weekend in a conference organised by Italian NGO Libera discussing civil society’s role in the fight against global mafias. The meeting is being held to mark 20 years (22 actually but their plans 2 years ago were scuppered by covid) since the signing of the Palermo convention, a UN legal instrument about the fight against international organised crime.

That convention was the brainchild and the legacy of Judge Giovanni Falcone killed for his role in the fight against the mafia 10 years before. Just a month before he was killed he spoke at a UN meeting in Vienna delivering what Italian magistrates, prosecutors, and investigators struggle to explain to the rest of the world: the mafia is both real and global and requires a real and global response.

The proceedings of the conference are available on line here and here.

This was my intervention (in English).