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.

UK Issues Magnitsky Sanction Regulations for International Human Rights Abuses

Thursday, July 16, 2020
Author: 
Bruce Zagaris
Volume: 
36
Issue: 
7
Abstract: 

On July 6, 2020, the United Kingdom Government issued the “Global Human Rights Sanctions Regulations” and for the first time designated individuals under the Regulations for their participation in gross human rights violations.[1]  The U.K. Treasury issued the regulations pursuant to the Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Act 2018 (the “SAMLA”). 



[1]    For the regulations see The Global Human Rights Sanctions Regulations 2020, UK Statutory Instruments2020 No. 680, http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2020/680/contents/made.

 

 

EU Parliament Adopts Resolution on Money Laundering to Follow-up the Commission Action Plan

Thursday, July 16, 2020
Author: 
Michael Plachta
Volume: 
36
Issue: 
7
Abstract: 

On July 10, 2020, the European Parliament adopted with 534 votes to 25 and 122 abstentions a resolution on a comprehensive Union policy on preventing money laundering and terrorist financing.[1]



* Professor Plachta specializes in criminal law and international criminal law. He has authored numerous publication on a wide range of problems concerning law enforcement and international cooperation in criminal matters. He currently teaches criminal law and European criminal law at the University of Security in Poznan, Poland.

[1] European Parliament resolution of 10 July 2020 on a comprehensive Union policy on preventing money laundering and terrorist financing – the Commission’s Action Plan and other recent developments (2020/2686(RSP)), P9_TA-PROV(2020)0204.

 

UNODC Issues World Wildlife Crime Report and Connects COVID-19 Pandemic

Thursday, July 16, 2020
Author: 
Bruce Zagaris
Volume: 
36
Issue: 
7
Abstract: 

On July 10, 2020, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) issued its World Wildlife Crime Report 2020.[1] The report underscores the threat wildlife trafficking poses to nature and the biodiversity of the planet. The report discusses the trafficking of some wild species, such as pangolins, birds, turtles, tigers, bears, etc. According to the report, trafficking wild animals increases the potential for transmission of zoonotic diseases, which are spread from animals to humans.

 

Trump Administration Orders Sanctions to be Imposed on Syria’s Bashar Al-Assad, His Family, and His Associates

Friday, July 10, 2020
Author: 
Julia V. Brock
Volume: 
36
Issue: 
7
Abstract: 

On June 17, 2020, the Trump Administration imposed new sanctions on the Syrian government, led by President Bashar al-Assad. The sanctions are intended to prevent private and foreign investors from supporting reconstruction and revenue-producing efforts in the country, which has been ravaged by a civil war.[1] The stated purpose of the sanctions is to create accountability for the Assad regime’s violence against the Syrian people through the use of diplomatic and coercive economic measures. The Caesar Act was sponsored by Senator James Risch (R-Id.) and signed into action by President Trump in December 2019.  



[1] Karen DeYoung and Sarah Dadouch, Trump Administration Imposes Sanction on Syria’s Assad, His Family and Close Associated, WASHINGTON POST, Jun. 17, 2020, https://www.washingtonpost.com/

 

European Parliament Releases a Study on the Implementation of the European Arrest Warrant

Thursday, July 9, 2020
Author: 
Michael Plachta
Volume: 
36
Issue: 
7
Abstract: 

In June, 2020, the European Parliament released a report authored by Wouter van Ballegooij on the implementation of the European Arrest Warrant (EAW), EU’s “flagship instrument” of international cooperation in criminal matters.[1]



* Professor Plachta specializes in criminal law and international criminal law. He has authored numerous publication on a wide range of problems concerning law enforcement and international cooperation in criminal matters. He currently teaches criminal law and European criminal law at the University of Security in Poznan, Poland.

[1] European Arrest Warrant: European Implementation Assessment, European Parliamentary Research Service, PE 642.839, June 2020.

 

EU and Law Enforcement Dismantle Encrypted Network of Transnational Organized Crime

Thursday, July 9, 2020
Author: 
Bruce Zagaris
Volume: 
36
Issue: 
7
Abstract: 

On July 2, 2020, Europol and Eurojust, together with French and Dutch law enforcement and judicial authorities, announced the results of a joint investigation, dismantling EncroChat, an encrypted phone network employed by criminal networks, and arresting thousands of individuals and seizing the instrumentalities and proceeds of crime.[1]



[1]    Europol/Eurojust, Dismantling of an Encrypted Network Sends Shockwaves Through Organized Crime Groups Across Europe, Press Release, July 2, 2020.

 

 

Crime, Law Enforcement and Judicial System at Times of COVID-19 Pandemic

Thursday, July 9, 2020
Author: 
Michael Plachta
Volume: 
36
Issue: 
7
Abstract: 

In June 2020, the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime, an international civil society organization,[1] released a timely report focusing on crime in the COVID-19 pandemic.[2]



* Professor Plachta specializes in criminal law and international criminal law. He has authored numerous publication on a wide range of problems concerning law enforcement and international cooperation in criminal matters. He currently teaches criminal law and European criminal law at the University of Security in Poznan, Poland.

[1] The Global Initiative comprises a network of over 500 independent global and regional experts working on human rights, democracy, governance, and development issues where organized crime has become increasingly pertinent.

[2] COVID-19 and crime. A response develops at the UN, Policy brief, June 2020, https://globalinitiative.net/covid-19-un-response.

 

Novartis and Alcon Agree to Pay $345 Million to Resolve Corruption Charges

Friday, July 3, 2020
Author: 
Bruce Zagaris
Volume: 
36
Issue: 
7
Abstract: 

On June 25, 2020, Novartis Hellas S.A.C.I. (Novartis Greece), a subsidiary of Novartis AG, a Swiss-based global pharmaceutical company, and Alcon Pte Ltd., a former subsidiary of Novartis AG and current subsidiary of multinational eye care company Alcon Inc., have agreed to pay more than $233 million in criminal monetary penalties to resolve the U.S. Department of Justice’s investigation into violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA).[1]



[1]    U.S. Department of Justice, 2020 Novartis Hellas S.A.C.I. and Alcon Pte Ltd Agree to Pay over $233 Million Combined to Resolve Criminal FCPA Cases, June 25, 2020.

 

 

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