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Symposium on ‘Comparative and International Aspects of Criminal and Terrorism Funding’. October 26-27, 2015, University of Tilburg

18 November 2015 |

Left to right: Colin King, Clive Walker, Katie Benson, Toine Spapens, Jimmy Gurule.

Symposium on ‘Comparative and International Aspects of Criminal and Terrorism Funding’. October 26-27, 2015, University of Tilburg

The third symposium in the ‘Dirty Assets’ series of events was hosted at the University of Tilburg on October 26 & 27 2015.

The two-day event – “Comparative and international aspects of criminal and terrorism financing” –was on this occasion organised as a collaboration between the Universities of Leeds, (represented by Professor emeritus Clive Walker) Sussex (represented by Dr Colin King), Notre Dame (Professor Jimmy Gurule), and Tilburg (Professor Toine Spapens). The event is funded by the AHRC (AH/L014920/1) and designed to bring together in a network key stakeholders from policy, practice and research backgrounds to explore emerging issues surrounding criminal and terrorist assets. Previous events in the series were held in the University of Manchester (October 2014) and Notre Dame University London (May 2015), as well being reflected in an edited collection, King, C., and Walker, C., Dirty Assets (Ashgate, 2014).

This latest symposium was held over two days, split between counter-terrorism financing and criminal money laundering and asset recovery. Throughout, there was a focus on comparative and international perspectives, and a strong input from policy and practice backgrounds, as well as academic contributions. Reflecting this diversity, papers were given by:

Marieke de Goede (Amsterdam), Oldrich Bures (Prague), Kimberly Prost (Former UN Ombudsperson), Christopher Michaelsen (UNSW), Luca Pantaleo (Asser Institute), Jimmy Gurulé (Notre Dame), Karen Cooper (Derby), Clive Walker (Leeds), Katie Benson (Manchester), Antoinette Verhage (Ghent), Petrus van Duyne (Tilburg), Mo Egan (Abertay), Mike Levi (Cardiff), Joras Ferwerda (Utrecht), Sandra Thompson (Houston), Simon Young (Hong Kong), Tijs Kooijmans (Tilburg), Anna Maria Maugeri (Catania), Colin King (Sussex), Frank Cassidy (Eurojust).

Taking forward our agenda, we have submitted to a leading publisher a proposal for a research handbook on criminal and terrorism finances. Publication is anticipated in 2016.

For more details about the ‘Dirty Assets’ Network, see the project website

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