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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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i The Basel Institute on Governance’s International Centre for As- set Recovery (ICAR) was founded in July 2006 and assists authorities in enhancing their capacities to seize, confiscate and recover the pro- ceeds of crime. To this end, ICAR delivers trainings in the theory, techniques and practices of mutual legal assistance and asset recovery. It also provides analytical and strategic case assistance and facilitates cooperation between law enforcement agencies of different jurisdic- tions. To support these activities, ICAR operates a web-based know- ledge-sharing and training tool, the Asset Recovery Knowledge Cen- tre (www.assetrecovery.org). Basel Institute on Governance Steinenring 60, 4051 Basel, Switzerland Phone +41 61 205 55 11, Fax +41 61 205 55 19 www.baselgovernance.org, info@baselgovernance.org

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