The International Enforcement Law Reporter

The International Enforcement Law Reporter is 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.

OSCE Reports on Impact of Cross-Border Counter-terrorism Operations on Human Rights

Friday, January 18, 2019
Author: 
Michael Plachta
Volume: 
35
Issue: 
1
Abstract: 
In January 2019, the Civic Solidarity Platform’s Counter Terrorism Working Group, coordinated by Fair Trials and the SOVA Center for Information and Analysis, released a report focusing on the impact of cross-border criminal justice and security  on human rights.  

U.S. Arrests Brazilian Bribery Suspect on Brazil Extradition Request

Friday, January 18, 2019
Author: 
Bruce Zagaris
Volume: 
35
Issue: 
1
Abstract: 

On December 20, 2018, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials arrested Luiz Eduardo Loureiro Andrade, who is wanted on an extradition request by Brazil on allegations of bribing officials at Petroleo Brasileiro SA, a state-run oil company, on behalf of Vitol Group, Glencore, and other major oil trading firms.

Federal Judge Dismisses Criminal Allegations Under Statute Outlawing Female Genital Mutilation

Saturday, January 12, 2019
Author: 
Linda Friedman Ramirez
Volume: 
35
Issue: 
1
Abstract: 

On November 12, 2018 the Honorable Bernard A. Friedman, US District Court for the Southern District of Michigan in US v Nagarwala, et. al., dismissed criminal charges alleging violations of 18 §116(a), a statute that prohibits Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), against eight individual defendants. The Government alleged that defendants Dr. Jumana Nagarwala performed the FGM procedure, that Dr. Fakhruddin Attar allowed Dr. Nagarwala to use his clinic in Livonia, Michigan, that Farida Attar and Taher Shafiq assisted Dr. Nagarwala in performing the procedure and that the remaining defendants brought their daughters to the clinic for the procedure.

IDB Expert Group Reports on Anti-Corruption, Transparency, and Integrity in Latin America and the Caribbean

Saturday, January 12, 2019
Author: 
Bruce Zagaris
Volume: 
35
Issue: 
1
Abstract: 

In December 2018, the Inter-American Development issued a report of an expert advisory group on a comprehensive approach to combating anti-corruption and bringing enhanced transparency and integrity to Latin America and the Caribbean.

U.S. Attorney in Southern District Indicts Alleged Nigerian Ringleader of International Advanced Fee Fraud Scheme

Saturday, January 5, 2019
Author: 
Bruce Zagaris
Volume: 
34
Issue: 
1
Abstract: 

On December 18, 2018, court documents were unsealed charging Osondu Victor Igwilo, 49 of Lagos, Nigeria in a criminal complaint as the alleged ringleader of an international advance-fee scheme that involved false promises of investment funding by individuals who impersonated U.S. bank officials in in person and over the internet to victims around the world.  The victims were told they had had to make certain payments prior to supposedly receiving their funds.  The defendants allegedly laundered the proceeds of the scheme through U.S. bank accounts and diverted the funds to the scheme’s perpetrators in Nigeria.

A FATF Footprint in the Sand: The UAE’s New AML Law and the Financial Action Task Force’s (FATF) Regional Impact

Saturday, January 5, 2019
Author: 
Ibtissem Lassoued
Volume: 
34
Issue: 
1
Abstract: 

Global flows of illicit financing are a universal affliction and continue to vex authorities and law enforcement agencies across the world as insidious threats present persistent risks to the world’s financial system. These threats do not distinguish by geography, and it is imperative that all countries are committed to implementing the strongest possible defenses against illicit financial flows. The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Region is no exception to this rule, and countries across the Region exhibit the hallmarks of systems that are increasingly determined to protect themselves against the harmful effects of nefarious activity. In this light, efforts that happen at the supra-national level are just as likely to prove instrumental to preventing money laundering and terrorist financing activity as the defenses that are applied at a national level.

International Organizations Review Options to Prevent Abuse of Legal Professional Privilege

Saturday, January 5, 2019
Author: 
Bruce Zagaris
Volume: 
34
Issue: 
1
Abstract: 
On November 15-16, 2018, an international expert group meeting on and preventing abuse of legal professional privilege (LPP) explored the problems and potential remedies to responding to gaps in achieving transparency in beneficial ownership.  Approximately 30 stakeholders, primarily in law enforcement officials and Financial Action Task Force (FATF) officials, attended the meeting.

Judge Orders North Korea to Pay $500 Million to Family of Otto Warmbier in Wrongful Death Suit

Saturday, January 5, 2019
Author: 
Zarine Kharazian
Volume: 
34
Issue: 
1
Abstract: 

When Otto Warmbier left with a tour group on his five-day trip to North Korea, he was a healthy college junior at the University of Virginia. 17 months later, he returned to his parents Frederick and Cynthia Warmbier blind, deaf, and brain dead. In the intervening months, Warmbier had spent over a year in detention at a North Korean prison for allegedly stealing a sign supporting North Korean leader Kim Jung Il. At a televised press conference in North Korea on February 29, 2016, Warmbier, under visible distress, confessed to “severe crimes against” the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, and claimed that he had been acting under the direction of the CIA. While imprisoned, he had no direct contact with his parents. A week after Warmbier returned home, he died from complications from severe brain damage.

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