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Countering Terrorist Financing

The practitioner’s point of view

Edited By Mark Pieth, Daniel Thelesklaf and Radha Ivory

Terrorists need money to commit acts of violence and sustain their operations. Measures to combat terrorism therefore aim to prevent terrorists from raising, moving and using funds or other assets. The effectiveness – and the fairness – of these measures were considered at the second ‘Giessbach’ seminar on counter-terrorist financing (CTF) organised by the Basel Institute on Governance in October 2008.
This book contains essays presented at the seminar written by practitioners and academics with extensive experience in the field of CTF. The authors offer a diversity of views on the domestic, regional and international initiatives aimed at detecting terrorist funds in the financial system, preventing terrorists from moving their money via alternative financial channels and facilitating the recovery of terrorist assets. The editors conclude with in-sights into the ongoing challenge of making CTF measures both effective and legally sustainable in the lead-up to Giessbach III in December 2009.

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MICHELINE CALMY-REY Preface ................................................................................................ vii Contributors ......................................................................................... ix About the Basel Institute on Governance ........................................... xv Acknowledgements .......................................................................... xvii Abbreviations ..................................................................................... ixx GUIDO STEINBERG Al-Qaida and Jihadist terrorism after 2001........................................... 1 KRISTEL GRACE POH Measures to counter the financing of terrorism .................................. 11 BOB UPTON The financing of terror: a private sector perspective .......................... 25 YEHUDA SHAFFER Detecting terrorist financing through financial intelligence: the role of FIUs ................................................................................... 41 HENRIETTE HAAS Systematic Observation as a tool in combating terrorism .................. 59 GIUSEPPE LOMBARDO Terrorist financing and cash couriers: legal and practical issues related to the implementation of FATF Special Recommendation IX ................................................... 95 Table of contents vi KILIAN STRAUSS Combating terrorist financing: are transition countries the weak link? ............................................. 109 MARCO GERCKE Cyberterrorism: how terrorists use the Internet ................................ 127 STEPHEN BAKER The misuse of offshore structures so as to assist the financing of terrorism ................................................................. 151 MARK PIETH AND STEPHANIE EYMANN Combating the financing of terrorism: the ‘Guantanamo Principle’ .............................................................. 163 JACQUES RAYROUD The UN listing system: challenges for criminal justice authorities ........................................ 181 YARA ESQUIVEL SOTO An autonomous offence for the financing of terrorism: notes from an Ibero-American perspective ....................................... 195 SCOTT VESEL Combating the financing of terrorism while protecting human rights: a dilemma? ............................................... 205 RADHA IVORY Recovering terrorist assets in the United Kingdom: the ‘domestication’ of international standards on counter-terrorist financing ........................................................... 243 MARK PIETH, DANIEL THELESKLAF AND RADHA IVORY The international counter-terrorist financing regime at the cross-roads .............................................................................. 277

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