IELR

The International Enforcement Law Reporter, a monthly print and online journal covering news and trends in international enforcement law.

Since September 1985, the International Enforcement Law Reporter has analyzed the premier developments in both the substantive and procedural aspects of international enforcement law. Read by practitioners, academics, and politicians, the IELR is a valuable guide to the difficult and dynamic field of international law.

Israel Arrests Beny Steinmetz over Suspected Bribery in Guinea

Author: 

Bruce Zagaris

Date Published: 

Friday, August 18, 2017

Volume: 

33

Issue: 

8

Subject Areas: 

Bribery

Geographic Identifier: 

Israel

Abstract: 

On August 11, 2017, Israeli law enforcement officials arrested businessman Beny Steinmetz, acting Bezeq Chairman David Granot, and strategic Consultant Tal Silberstein for questioning in a police investigation of allegations of money laundering.

US Justice Department Issues Report on Prosecutions of Transnational Organized Crime

Author: 

Bruce Zagaris

Date Published: 

Friday, August 18, 2017

Volume: 

33

Issue: 

8

Subject Areas: 

Organized Crime

Geographic Identifier: 

United States

Abstract: 

On August 1, 2017, the United States Department of Justice issued a report on the convictions of members of transnational criminal organizations during the third quarter of the Fiscal Year 2017.  The report summarizes the Trump Administration and Justice Department’s proactive enforcement efforts against criminal groups. This article highlights the Executive Order and the report.

 

U.S. Government Moves to Suspend 1MDB Civil Forfeiture Case

Author: 

Bruce Zagaris

Date Published: 

Friday, August 18, 2017

Volume: 

33

Issue: 

8

Subject Areas: 

Money Laundering

Geographic Identifier: 

Malaysia

Abstract: 

On August 10, 2017, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) moved to suspend the civil forfeiture proceedings against the assets acquired by Malaysian financier Low Taek Jho (also known as Jho Low), and others involved with the 1Mayalysia Development Berhad (1MDB) because continuing to litigate these cases may interfere and have adverse effect with the criminal investigation.

 

U.S. Makes Several Pledges at Anti-Corruption Summit hosted by the UK on May 12, 2016

On May 12, 2016 UK Prime Minister David Cameron hosted an Anti Corruption Summit in London. As a participant, the United States in a State Department press release made several pledges to combat international corruption.
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/pm-announces-new-global-commitments-to-expose-punish-and-drive-out-corruption

G20 Releases Communique requiring the OECD by July 2016 to establish objective criteria to identify non-cooperative jurisdictions with respect to tax transparency

On April 14, 2016 at the meeting of the Finance Ministers and Central bank Governors of the G20, a 12 point communique was released along with a 9 point Annex and a 9 point "issues of further action". One of the twelve points addressed global initiatives to promote tax transparency, including the G20 requirement that the OECD establish objective criteria to identify non-cooperative jurisdictions with respect to tax transparency by its July 2016 meeting.

Trump Plans Ultimatum to Make Mexico Pay for Wall

If he becomes president, Donald Trump plans to force Mexico to pay for a border wall by threatening to cut off the flow of billions of dollars in payments that immigrants send home to the country.  This proposal would jeopardize a cash source that many economists say is crucial in keeping Mexico's struggling economy afloat.  For example, in 2015, nearly $25 billion was sent home by Mexicans living abroad.  However, this estimation includes money sent from around the world, not just the United States.

Hague Court Acquits Serb Nationalist Seselj

A U.N. war crimes tribunal acquitted ultranationalist politician Vojislav Seselj of atrocities on Thursday in a rare courtroom victory for a Serb defendant.  Seselj had been charged with crimes that included persecution, murder and torture and was facing a 28-year setnece for his support of Serb paramilitaries during the Balkan Wars in the early 1990s.  A three-judge panel's majority decision to acquit Seselj of all charges on the grounds that there was insufficient evidence linking him to the crimes sparked joy in Serbia and deep anger in Bosnia and Croatia.

French Journalist Is Detained at U.N. War Crimes Tribunal

This Thursday, security guards at the United Nations war crimes tribunal for the former Yugoslavia received an order from the court presidency to arrest a French journalist, Florence Hartmann.  Assisted by the Dutch police, the security guards arrested Ms. Hartmann despite the attempts of onlookers and Bosnian war victims to protect her.  Ms. Hartmann, a former correspondant for Le Monde, is currently locked up at the tribunal prison on the outskirts of the Hague to serve a pending seven-day sentence for a contempt of court conviction from 2009.

Bruce Zagaris authors report for KYC360.com on REGULATION AND REALPOLITIK: THE U.S. AND THE POLITICS OF INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL REGULATORY INITIATIVES

In this landmark analysis, expert U.S. regulatory lawyer Bruce Zagaris poses the question: ‘has the United Sates abused its dominant position in global financial markets to impose higher regulatory requirements on competing jurisdictions than on itself?'
On April 26, Zagaris will head a webinar session on this topic. 
 

Bruce Zagaris will speak at the OAS Permanent Council's discussion on “Unfair Practices in Financial Services” in the Hemisphere as an Expert Panelist

On Wednesday March 30, 2016 at 10:00 am EDT in the Simon Bolivar Hall, Bruce Zagaris will participate in the Organization of American States Permanent Council's discussion on “Unfair Practices in Financial Services” in the Hemisphere as one of three expert panelists. 
The meeting will be broadcast live on the OAS Webiste
 

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