Asset-Stripping: Responses to the Financing of Terrorism and Crime

14-15 May 2015, University of Notre Dame: London Law Centre

There are many ways to consider criminal and terrorist anti-assets strategies, including national/comparative analysis of legal rules and procedures, historical context, economic analyses of impact, quantitative/qualitative assessments, etc.

This network brings together experts from different academic disciplines, alongside practitioners and policymakers, to advance knowledge and understanding, and to identify future research directions. This network cuts across conventional legal boundaries (eg civil/ criminal/ regulation); it transcends disciplinary boundaries; and it overcomes boundaries between the academic community and policymakers/ practitioners.

There were a number of distinctive purposes for this event which differentiated it from other events in the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) series and allowed it to stand alone as a collaborative enterprise:

  • There was an emphasis on terrorism financing. This feature reflected the ability to attract a specialist audience and specialist speakers in London. As for the policy imperative, the events in Syria and Iraq, as reflected in UNSCR 2178, gave timely weight to the need for such debates.
  • A prime distinctive feature adopted a much comparative approach – especially with an emphasis on comparison with the US.
  • On similar grounds, we specifically tackled the issue of corruption. In the light of the UK’s Bribery Act 2010, it was timely to ask whether this legislation had impact and whether other countries have increased their efforts in a commensurate way.
  • Money laundering and asset recovery involved direct practitioner input in a way which was made possible by a London venue.


Podcasts and powerpoints are available below.

Day 1: Criminal Asset Stripping

Panel 1: Money Laundering: Policing Economic Crime
Panel 2: Criminal Assets: Re-thinking proceeds of crime approaches
Panel 3: Proceeds of Corruption
  • Dr Nicholas Lord, University of Manchester 
  • James Maton, Partner, Cooley LLP - Powerpoint [PDF 459.98KB], Podcast
  • Mark Thompson, Head of Proceeds of Crime, Serious Fraud Office - Podcast
  • Chair: Dr Nicholas Lord, University of Manchester 

Day 2: Terrorism Asset Stripping

Panel 4: Domestic Policies and Laws
  • Professor Nicholas Ryder, University of the West of England - Powerpoint [PDF 103.39KB], Podcast
  • Karen Jones, Crown Prosecution Service of England and Wales - Powerpoint [PDF 6.08MB]
  • Duncan DeVille, head of AML/CTF at Western Union, former head of the Office of Compliance and Enforcement at FinCEN 
  • Chair: Professor Jimmy Gurulé, University of Notre Dame
Panel 5: Criminal Prosecution
Panel 6: Terrorist Listings and Sanctions
  • Sue Eckert, Watson Institute, Brown University, USA - Podcast
  • Maya Lester, Barrister, Brick Court Chambers - Podcast
  • Professor Larissa van den Herik, Leiden University, Netherlands - Podcast
  • Chair: Professor Clive Walker, University of Leeds
Panel 7: The Civil Sector and Terrorism Financing