This research group was created in September of 2011, by Maria João Guia (University of Coimbra) and Juliet Stumpf (Lewis & Clark Law School, USA). Juliet Stumpf coined the term ‘Crimmigration’ in 2006 and, while searching for litterature, Maria João Guia found her excellent papers and contacted her by email, starting this network. After some months of exchanging thoughts and opinions, they decided to meet and discuss a subject that both of them are passionate about: “the crimmigration”.
There a larger plan started taking form and subsequently a panel in the American Law and Society Association conference was organized and other scholars joined them. Robert Koulish (University of Maryland, USA), Maartje van der Woude and Joanne van der Leun (both from Leiden University, Netherlands) joined them at this discussion held in San Francisco. Luigi Solivetti (University Sapienza) was also enthusiastic when Maria João Guia visited him in Rome in February 2011 to speak about this idea and to exchange some thoughts on European and North-American hints on this issue.