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Rethinking SLIC invites you to follow the money at an event on 4 March 2021. At this virtual event, a panel of speakers from the University of Amsterdam and Project Expedite Justice will explore the legal framework around the relationship between international crimes and finance, including whether liability could potentially arise under international criminal law, and how banks and financial institutions can play a more proactive role in the prevention and investigation of such crimes.

Event details of Money as Complicity: The role of banks in international crimes
Date 4 March 2021
Time 15:00 -18:00

To register, send an email to info@rethinkingslic.org

Speakers:

Kristin Rosella, Legal & Program Director, Project Expedite Justice

Jindan-Karena Mann, PhD Researcher, Rethinking SLIC*

Marc Tiernan, PhD Researcher, Rethinking SLIC*

Jill Coster van Voorhout, Associate Professor, Criminal Law Department, University of Amsterdam

Abstract

Money is often at the centre of international crimes and grave human rights violations. Financial gain drives criminality, while financial support enables it. Banks and financial institutions frequently find themselves at the confluence of this monetary flow and may even contribute to human rights abuses when they provide financial services or financing to wrongful actors.

The important role of banks and financial institutions as gatekeepers of the integrity of the monetary system is reflected in the heavy regulatory framework that applies to them. However, despite the undeniable connection between money and transnational and international crimes, legal mechanisms to prevent and punish the facilitation of such crimes are only recently emerging, and many questions remain unanswered. At what point could providing financial services trigger liability for criminal assistance? And what actions can banks and financial institutions take to ensure greater accountability?

Rethinking SLIC invites you to join us and follow the money at an event on 4 March 2021: “Money as Complicity: The role of banks in international crimes.” At this virtual event, a panel of speakers from the University of Amsterdam and Project Expedite Justice will explore the legal framework around the relationship between international crimes and finance, including whether liability could potentially arise under international criminal law, and how banks and financial institutions can play a more proactive role in the prevention and investigation of such crimes.