In 2008, Roberto Galbiati and Christian Traxler started to work on setting-up a series of workshops on empirical Law and Economics, with a focus on the Economics of Crime. The aim was to bring together researchers from both sides of the Atlantic to present and discuss their work, allowing for an in-depth scientific interaction between those interested in the empirical analysis crime and illegal behaviour. In response to the first two meetings in Paris (in 2009) and Bonn (in 2010), many fellows expressed their interest to continue with this format. Starting with 2011, the series of annual workshops was continued under the label “Transatlantic Workshops on the Economics of Crime”. Giovanni Mastrobuoni, who was already involved in organizing the 2010 meeting, hosted the 2011 workshop at the Collegio Carlo Alberto (Turin). In 2012, Ben Vollaard and Robert Dur organized the workshop at Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands. In 2013 the workshop was held at the University of Frankfurt, hosted by Horst Entorf. In 2014, Paolo Pinotti will organize the 6th workshop in Milan at Bocconi.