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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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Contributors STEPHEN BAKER is a member of both the English and Jersey Bars. Between 1990 and 2007, he has specialised in cases involving com- plex fraud, money laundering and asset recovery, particularly those with an international and political dimension. He acts regularly for foreign governments in asset recovery actions. He has considerable experience in terrorist financing matters, having formerly been re- sponsible for dealing with suspicious activity reports and subsequently investigating them for the Attorney General of Jersey. He regularly speaks abroad on the subject matters of corruption and asset recovery. YARA ESQUIVEL SOTO worked as a Public Prosecutor in Costa Rica, where she was in charge of the investigation and trial of several high-profile corruption cases involving high-ranking government offi- cials and private entrepreneurs. In October 2006, she took a position as a regional investigator in the Office of Internal Oversight Services of the United Nations (UN) and moved to Kenya, where she was posted for one year to investigate fraud, corruption and malfeasance within the UN organisation. Currently, she works as an Asset Recov- ery Specialist for the International Centre for Asset Recovery at the Basel Institute on Governance, helping developing countries recover stolen assets. She is also pursuing a Master’s Degree at Oxford Uni- versity in the field of International Human Rights Law. STEPHANIE EYMANN studied law at the University of Basel from 1999–2004, taking her degree in 2004. She has worked as an aca- demic assistant to Prof. Mark Pieth since 2005 and handed in...

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