The purpose of this research is to conduct a comparative and inter-disciplinary (business, criminology, law, and sociology) study of three areas of market intervention of global significance: money-laundering, proceeds of crime confiscation, and corruption. The study will focus upon the policy and legal initiatives that have occurred since the 1988 UN Convention and Basle Statement of Principles in a variety of geographical areas, with the UK and Switzerland as the core. By analysis of open-source and internal documentation, and interviews with international and national representatives in the banking, policy and policing sectors, important insights will be gleaned regarding the articulation of international organised crime, market level-playing fields for honest international competition, and money flow monitoring with these phenomena, especially with money-laundering and corruption measures. The use of high-level researchers with some prior access to and knowledge of key private and public sector personnel should facilitate access to documentation and persons. The way in which information about effectiveness is collected (or not) or is utilised (or not) and the communication of policy across nations, international bodies, and financial institutions will illuminate an important feature of contemporary transnational activity

Start date
31 August 2000
End date
31 December 2002
Grant holder
Professor Michael Levi
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Socio-Legal Studies
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