Entries by Vladlen Tsikolenko

Visiting the World Trade Forum @ Grindelwald

The National Centres of Competence in Research (NCCR Trade Regulation) is coming to an end after twelve years of work funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF). During all of these year, the NCCR has been giving policy recommendations based on the disciplines of law, economics and political science in six different areas: WP1 […]

DOTCOM Training event in Rome Sep.2017

The first DOTCOM training event took place in the heart Rome on 26-29 September 2017. It was attended by a group of about thirty trainees – mostly government officials engaged in the fight against illegal waste trade from customs, environment, port, police, and prosecution authorities across Europe and West Africa. The remaining group comprised three […]

PRECISE kick-off meeting @ Spiez!

CBRA has officially started the PRECISE project with a kick-off meeting in Spiez, Switzerland. The team members were gathered in Spiez during 11-12 of September to discuss the main steps and actions that need be taken to accomplish PRECISE´s objectives.   PRECISE stands for “Precursors of Illicit Cigarette Trade” and it is a project funded […]

Customs Officers – How unique are they!?

While sitting (and working) at the lobby of Hotel Russelior, Hammamet, Tunisia – waiting for the PICARD2017 Conference activities to start tomorrow Monday evening – an old question popped to my mind: “How many Customs officers there are totally in the world”?   Before elaborating on that question, I want to share this first: I […]

CBRA hits the WTO TFAF radar!

We are happy to announce that Cross-border Research Association is now listed on the “Other Specialized Organizations” section on the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement Facility (TFAF) website: http://www.tfafacility.org/cross-border-research-association.   And here is the CBRA intro text (with two example studies) shared on that webpage: Cross-border Research Association, CBRA, formally established in Lausanne, Switzerland in 2005, […]

The IPPC´s ePhyto Business Model -study

The International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) Secretariat at the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is currently working to establish an Electronic phytosanitary certificate (ePhyto) system consisting of (i) an internationally accessible Hub, “ePhyto Hub”, to facilitate the transfer of electronic phytosanitary certificates between the National Plant Protection Organizations (NPPOs) and (ii) a generic […]


INTERPOL World 2017, set in the vibrant city of Singapore brought together law enforcement agencies, government bodies, academia, security professionals and solution providers together over four days of networking and information exchange this July. The event which included both a global exhibition and congress aimed to stimulate collaborations between stakeholders, and encapsulate the vision of […]

Environmental Crime – Challenges and Propositions

Environmental crimes can be broadly defined as unlawful acts that directly harm the environment. Today the most common forms of environmental crime include the illegal trade in wildlife and exploitation of wild fauna and flora; smuggling of ozone depleting substances; illicit waste disposal and its trade; unregulated and unreported fishing; and illegal logging and trade […]

ROADSEC and CORE presented in Mexico!

The Mexican Institute of Transport (MIT) organized a conference “Security and Protection of Critical Infrastructure” in Quéretaro on 8 June 2017. I had a pleasure to visit Mexico and join the event as a guest speaker. The invitation-only conference assembled leading Mexican road transport security experts and a handful of international specialists to discuss and […]

Mini-blog: CBRA at WCO PTC meeting 4/2017

Next to our “full length CBRA Blogs” – some so long (over 2-3 pages) that we split them into two parts – we start publishing now “CBRA Mini-Blogs”, which can be just few paragraphs in length – still hopefully with some timely links or messages, in the broader context of supply chain security and trade […]