April 08, 2008

Experts gather in Cleveland to combat terrorist financing as part of world conference at Case Western Reserve University School of Law

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How can financial institutions identify suspicious transactions that could be related to terrorism financing? Does creating a list of terrorists and terrorist organizations violate human rights? What is the future of international cooperation in stopping terrorism financing? These questions and more will be addressed during a day-long conference at Case Western Reserve University School of Law. The "World Conference on Combating Terrorist Financing" will be held on Friday, April 11, beginning at 9:00 a.m. in the school's Moot Courtroom (A59), 1075 East Boulevard, Cleveland, Ohio 44106.

The symposium, sponsored by the School of Law's Institute for Global Security Law & Policy and the Association Internationale de Droit Penal (AIDP), is part of the preparatory colloquium for the 18th International Congress of Penal Law and is open to the public. The colloquium runs April 10-12 at the School of Law. Only the second day is free and open to the public.

"Experts agree that combating terrorism financing is the key to winning the war on terrorism," said Richard Gordon, Case Western Reserve law professor and chair of the conference program committee. "But there is much disagreement about how best to accomplish this without sacrificing civil liberties or overburdening charities and financial institutions."

Friday's panels include discussion on charities regulation and terrorism financing, human rights considerations in creating lists of terrorists and terrorist organizations, the identification by financial institutions of suspicious transactions related to terrorism financing, key developments in enforcement and asset seizure, and the future of international cooperation in stopping terrorism financing.

More than 20 internationally known experts, task force members and academics will share in the discussions. Among the distinguished speakers are Richard Barrett, coordinator of the United Nations Al-Qaida/Taliban Monitoring Team; Rick McDonell, head of Secretariat, Financial Action Task Force; Jeffrey Breinholt, U.S. Department of Justice Counterterrorism Section Deputy Chief; Hon. Sue E. Eckert, former assistant secretary of export administration under President Clinton; Latifah Merican Cheong, member of the UN Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force; and Jean-Francois Thony, director of the National Judicial School, French Ministry of Justice. Barrett and McDonell will deliver keynote addresses. Gordon himself is a former member of the International Monetary Fund Select Task Force on Terrorism Finance.

According to Professor Michael Scharf, Director of the Frederick K. Cox International Law Center, who serves as Deputy Secretary-General of the AIDP, this is the first time in twenty years that an AIDP World Conference has been held in the United States.

"The AIDP selected Cleveland over a number of the world's greatest cities to host this incredibly important and timely international event, which will feature the foremost experts in the field from around the globe," said Scharf.

Professor Robert Strassfeld, director of the Institute for Global Security Law and Policy adds, "The Conference caps off a three-day experts meeting, in which the Conference speakers and AIDP delegates will draft a Resolution and Report on Combating Terrorism Financing for adoption at the World Congress on Penal Law in Istanbul next year."

The AID was established in 1924 to continue the activities of the International Union of Penal Law, formed in 1889. It is the oldest association of criminal law specialists in the world and one of the oldest scientific associations. It constitutes a platform for the academic and scientific exchange having a consultative status with the United Nations and is guided by the principles established by the United Nations Charter and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The day-long event has a $200 fee for 7.5 hours of CLE credit.

Additionally, the symposium will be webcast live on the School of Law's website at http://law.case.edu.

Conference speakers are available prior to and after the open symposium (Apr. 9-12) and in the margins of the conference Friday to speak to media. Register online at http://law.case.edu/lectures/lecture_registration.asp?form_id=15&lec_id=156. For more information, visit http://law.case.edu or call (216) 368-6619.

"World Conference on Combating Terrorist Financing" speakers and panelists
Richard Barrett
Coordinator, Al-Qaida/Taliban Monitoring Team, United Nations
Jeffrey Breinholt
Deputy Chief, Counterterrorism Section, U.S. Department of Justice (on leave)
Latifah Merican Cheong
Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force, United Nations
Ross S. Delston, CAMS (Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist)
Founder, GlobalAML.com, Washington, D.C.
Hon. Sue E. Eckert
Former Assistant Secretary of Export Administration, Clinton Administration
Professor Richard Gordon
Case Western Reserve University School of Law
Former member, Select Task Force on Terrorism Finance, International Monetary Fund
Professor Carlos Eduardo A. Japiassu, Ph.D.
Deputy Secretary General, Association Internationale de Droit Penal (AIDP)
Alyson King
Sanctions Team, External Relation -Directorate-General, European Commission
Professor Hermann Krull
Former assistant general counsel, Reserve Bank of South Africa
Rick McDonell
Head of Secretariat, Financial Action Task Force
Nina A. Nichols
Assistant director, Division of Banking Supervision and Regulation, Federal Reserve System Board of Governors
Professor Nikos Passas
College of Criminal Justice, Northeastern University
Rick Small
Global Anti-Money Laundering Leader, G.E. Money
Jack D. Smith
Former general counsel, Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.
Professor Robert Strassfeld
Case Western Reserve University School of Law
Director, Institute for Global Security Law & Policy
Jean-Francois Thony
Director, The National Judicial School, French Ministry of Justice
Bruce Zagaris, Esq.
Partner, Berliner, Corcoran & Rowe, L.L.P.

For more information contact Jason Tirotta, 216.368.6890.

Posted by: Heidi Cool, April 8, 2008 10:12 AM | News Topics: Conferences/Symposia, Events, Faculty, HeadlinesMain, Provost Initiatives, Public Policy/Politics, School of Law, international, news

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