Reforming INTERPOL’s Governance Model

Today, the international community faces increasingly complex security challenges arising from transnational criminal activities. Effective international cooperation among national and local police agencies is critical in supporting efforts to combat cross-boundary criminal threats like terrorism, human trafficking, narcotics trafficking, and cybercrime.

INTERPOL—the world’s largest police organization—strives to innovate to adequately respond to the evolving threat landscape and remain at the forefront of global policing efforts. INTERPOL recently launched INTERPOL 2020 Initiative to review the Organization’s strategy and priorities and develop a clear roadmap for strengthening its policing capabilities. INTERPOL 2020 will provide the strategic framework to ensure the Organization remains a strong and respected voice in global security matters.

Students in this practicum will contribute to the INTERPOL 2020 Initiative. The practicum will focus in particular on comparative governance practices for international organizations. The practicum will consider other organizations’ decision-making processes (acknowledging their respective mandates) and involvement of stakeholders; frameworks for regulatory compliance and accountability; and other good governance practices. The work product developed during the course of this Practicum would serve as a framework for INTERPOL to guide and support the development of its governance model.

Select students of the Practicum may have the opportunity to pursue a summer internship at the Office of Legal Affairs, INTERPOL General Secretariat in Lyon, France and/or at INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation in Singapore.

The practicum is open to graduate students from outside the Law School with demonstrated interest and background in global security and international law, organizational behavior, and strategic management.

Students wishing to undertake R credit will perform additional research for a white paper analyzing the issues and results of the collective research. R credit is possible only by consent of the instructor. After the term begins, and with the consent of the instructor, students accepted into the course may transfer from section (01) into section (02), which meets the R requirement.

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Allen S. Weiner

Allen S. Weiner

  • Senior Lecturer in Law
  • Director, Stanford Program in International and Comparative Law
  • Director, Stanford Humanitarian Program
  • Director, Stanford Center on International Conflict and Negotiation

Clients & Deliverables

Client: Interpol

Deliverables: Policy memos, oral briefing, final report