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.

Harvard Professor Lieber Convicted for False Statements and Tax Offenses for China Links

Thursday, December 30, 2021
Author: 
Bruce Zagaris
Volume: 
38
Issue: 
1
Abstract: 

On December 21, 2021, a jury in U.S. District Court in Boston, Massachusetts convicted the former chair of Harvard University’s Chemistry and Chemical Biology Department relating to false statements to federal authorities concerning his affiliation with the People’s Republic of China’s Thousand Talents Program and the Wuhan University of Technology (WUT) in Wuhan China, as well as failing to report income he received from WUT and bank accounts in the PRC.[1]  The prosecution arises out of the U.S. Department of Justice’s China Initiative.[2]



[1]    U.S. Department of Justice, Harvard University Professor Convicted of Making Dale Statements and Tax Offenses, Press Rel. No. 21-1284, Dec. 21, 2021.

[2]    U.S. Department of Justice, Information about the Department of Justice’s China Initiative and a Compilation of China-Related prosecutions since 2018, Nov. 19, 2021.

 

Thanks to the Manhattan D.A.’s Office, the U.S. Repatriates 200 Antiquities to Italy

Wednesday, December 29, 2021
Author: 
Bruce Zagaris
Volume: 
38
Issue: 
1
Abstract: 

On December 15, 2021, Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance, Jr. announced the repatriation of 200 antiquities valued at an estimated $10 million to Italy during a repatriation ceremony attended by the Italy Consul General Fabrizio Di Michele, Italian Carbiniera Tutela Patrimonio Culturale (“TPC”) Brigadier General Roberto Riccardi, and U.S. Homeland Security Investigations (“HSI”) Deputy Special Agent in Charge Erik Rosenblatt.[1]



[1]    Manhattan D.A.’s Office, Manhattan D.A.’s Office Returns 200 Antiquities to Italy, Press Rel., Dec. 15, 2021.

 

President Biden’s Executive Order Creates U.S. Council on Transnational Organized Crime

Friday, December 24, 2021
Author: 
Bruce Zagaris
Volume: 
38
Issue: 
1
Abstract: 

On December 15, 2021, President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. issued an Executive Order, establishing the United States Council on Transnational Organized Crime (USCTOC).[1]

 

European Parliament Adopts Two Resolutions on Various Aspects of the Organized Crime

Thursday, December 23, 2021
Author: 
Michael Plachta
Volume: 
38
Issue: 
1
Abstract: 

On December 15, 2021, the European Parliament adopted two resolutions on divergent aspects of the organized crime: first, on cooperation on the fight against organized crime in the Western Balkans; second, on the impact of organized crime on own resources of the EU and on the misuse of EU funds.

Guatemala Extradites Two Nationals to the U.S. on Narcotics Charge

Saturday, December 18, 2021
Author: 
Bruce Zagaris
Volume: 
37
Issue: 
12
Abstract: 

On December 10, 2021, Guatemala extradited two nationals to the United States on international narcotics trafficking charges.[1]



[1]    U.S. Department of Justice, Leaders of the Lorenzana Drug Trafficking organization Extradited on International Narcotics Trafficking Charges, Press Rel. 21-1236, Dec. 13, 221,

 

5th Circuit Rejects Biden Administration’s Efforts to End Migration Protections Protocols

Saturday, December 18, 2021
Author: 
Sara Kaufman*
Volume: 
37
Issue: 
12
Abstract: 

On December 2, 2021, the Biden administration announced that, in response to a court order obtained by the states of Texas and Missouri, the federal government will soon reinstate Migration Protection Protocols (“MPP”), commonly referred to as the ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy.[1] This decision invoked heavy criticism from advocacy organizations such as UNICEF and American Civil Liberties Union, stating that MPP was a “humanitarian catastrophe” and that the program cannot be ethically reinstated due to its inherent and unjustifiable flaws.[2]



[1]    Department of Homeland Security, DHS, Justice, and State Prepare for Court-Ordered Reimplementation of MPP, December 2, 2021.

[2]    ACLU, Statement on Restart of Migrant Protection Protocols, December 2, 2021.

 

U.S. Certifies Former Governor of Chihuahua Extraditable to Mexico on Corruption Charges

Friday, December 17, 2021
Author: 
Bruce Zagaris
Volume: 
37
Issue: 
12
Abstract: 

On November 8, 2021, United States Magistrate Judge Lauren Louis certified with a 24-page opinion the extraditability of César Duarte, the former governor of Chihuahua, on Embezzlement and related charges.[1]



[1]    In the Matter of the Extradition of Cesar Horacio Duarte Jaquez, U.S. District Court S.D. Fla, Case No. 20-mc-22829-UNA, Order, Certification of Extraditability, and order of Commitment, Nov. 8, 2021

 

FinCEN Issues Notice of Proposed Regulations on Beneficial Ownership Information Reporting Requirements

Tuesday, December 14, 2021
Author: 
Bruce Zagaris
Volume: 
37
Issue: 
12
Abstract: 

On December 8, 2021, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), U.S. Department of Treasury issued proposed regulations to require certain entities to file reports with FinCEN, identifying two categories of individuals: the beneficial owners of the entity; and individuals who have applied with specified governmental authorities to form the entity or register it to do business.  Written comments on the proposed rule can be submitted on or before February 7, 2022.[1]

 

European Commission Releases Three Proposals to Strengthen and Enhance Police Cooperation Across the EU

Tuesday, December 14, 2021
Author: 
Michael Plachta
Volume: 
37
Issue: 
12
Abstract: 

On December 8, 2021, the European Commission released three key proposals aimed at streamlining and strengthening law enforcement in the European Union: Proposal for a regulation on automated data exchange for police cooperation (Prüm II), Proposal for a Council recommendation on operational police cooperation, and proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on information exchange between law enforcement authorities of member States.[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 Commission, Press release, https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/ip_21_6645.

 

Italian Police Dismantled an International Drug Trafficking Ring Operated by ‘Ndrangheta mafia clan

Tuesday, December 14, 2021
Author: 
Marwah Adhoob
Volume: 
37
Issue: 
12
Abstract: 

On November 16, 2021, Italian police broke up an international drug trafficking ring operated by the ‘Ndrangheta, an Italian mafia clan. The bust led to upwards of 100 arrest warrants nationwide—including six Italians arrested in Switzerland. Police also said the arrest culminated from three individual investigations into the mafia. Some suspects are on house arrest, while others are in a jail cell.

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