This thoroughly revised and updated new edition provides a practical guide for banks and their lawyers in respect of their regulatory responsibilities, their private law duties, their liabilities to third parties, and their obligations to assist persons seeking the recovery of assets (including regulatory bodies within and without the jurisdiction) as they relate to "tainted money". It also sets the law in its national and international policy context and pays particular attention to the international sources of the relevant law. It draws on the expertise of civil and criminal practitioners, public international lawyers, and overseas (in particular US) lawyers. The second edition addresses recent practice under the main international conventions, including the Sixth Session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (October 2012) and the Fifth Session of the Conference of States Parties to the UN Convention against Corruption (November 2013).
UN Security Council Resolutions, in particular resolution 1904 of 17 December 2009 which established the delisting ombudsperson (in response to criticism by national courts), have been considered. The book considers the work of international bodies such as the Financial Action Task Force and new primary legislation at domestic and European level, including the Fourth Money Laundering Directive. Additionally, decisions of the European Court of Human Rights, the Court of Justice of the European Union and national courts are analysed and explained. It also provides a further assessment of the extent to which there has emerged an international law of tainted money to complement the emergence of an international financial system. In a concluding chapter, it gives an overview of the emerging response of courts and regulators (national, EU, and international) to the challenges presented by new technologies such as Bitcoin and other virtual currencies.
The Hon. Mr Justice Blair is a High Court Judge, a nominated judge in the Commercial Court and Judge in charge of the Commercial Court. Before his appointment in 2008 he worked as a leading barrister specialising in the law of domestic and international banking and finance, including financial fraud and conflicts of law. He is a visiting Professor of Law at the London School of Economics. Richard Brent is a barrister at 3 Verulam Buildings specializing in commercial law, in particular banking and insurance law and their international and EU law aspects. He is a former Fellow of St John's College, Cambridge and a F.R.Hist.S. Dr Tom Grant is a Research Fellow of the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, Cambridge, and a practising public international lawyer, whose interests include State immunity, State succession, international investment protection, international organizations, use of force under international law, comparative constitutional law, diplomatic history, and technology and the law. He is admitted to the bars of Massachusetts, New York and the District of Columbia.
I THE INTERNATIONAL LAW OF TAINTED MONEY; II PUBLIC OBLIGATIONS AND REGULATORY RESPONSIBILITIES; A. OFFENCES; B. SANCTIONS AND REGULATORY RESPONSIBILITIES; III THE PROFESSIONS AND FINANCIAL CRIME; IV THE PRIVATE LAW OF FINANCIAL CRIME; V FINANCIAL CRIME AND PRIVATE INTERNATIONAL LAW; VI PROVIDING AND OBTAINING ASSISTANCE; A.PROVIDING ASSISTANCE; B. OBTAINING ASSISTANCE; VII UNITED STATES-UNITED KINGDOM ISSUES; VIII CONCLUSION: VIRTUAL MONEY