The International Enforcement Law Reporter

The International Enforcement Law Reporter is a monthly print and online journal covering news and trends in international enforcement law.

Since September 1985, the International Enforcement Law Reporter has analyzed the premier developments in both the substantive and procedural aspects of international enforcement law. Read by practitioners, academics, and politicians, the IELR is a valuable guide to the difficult and dynamic field of international law.

FATF Horizontal Review of Gatekeepers’ Compliance re Corruption Exposes Big Gaps

Friday, July 19, 2024
Author: 
Bruce Zagaris
Volume: 
40
Issue: 
8
Abstract: 

                 On July 8, 2024, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) released a horizontal review of gatekeepers’ technical compliance related to corruption.  Although the Horizontal Review shows positive results with over half of FATF members having scores over 80%, seven FATF members have below the score of 50%. These jurisdictions represent more than half (50.89%) of the world’s GDP.

 

UN Bodies Concerned About Terrorism and Organized Crime in the Sahel

Friday, July 19, 2024
Author: 
Michael Plachta
Volume: 
40
Issue: 
7
Abstract: 

                 Over the last two weeks (end of June until July 12, 2024) various UN bodies, including the Secretary-General, Security Council, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), and Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS) have voiced serious concerns regarding the Sahel. Terrorism and organized crime by violent extremist groups linked to al-Qaida and the Islamic State are a “pervasive threat” in Africa's volatile Sahel region and are spilling over to West Africa's coastal countries.

UNODC 2024 World Drug Report

Friday, July 19, 2024
Author: 
Austin Wahl
Volume: 
40
Issue: 
7
Abstract: 

                The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) released its annual World Drug Report on June 26, 2024.  The report summarizes a somber but eminently foreseeable conclusion: drug use, its production, and the associated violence and environmental harm are on the rise.  Worldwide, drug use in 2024 has reached a record of 292 million users — amounting to a 20% increase over ten years.

 

U.S. Department of Justice Cracks Down on Russian Government-Operated Social Media Bot Farm

Friday, July 12, 2024
Author: 
Kaila Hall
Volume: 
40
Issue: 
7
Abstract: 

        On July 9, 2024, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced[1] the seizure[2] of two domain names and the search[3] of 968 X (formerly Twitter) accounts used by the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) to spread disinformation. These fraudulent accounts often purported to belong to individuals in the United States. 

Justice Department Settles Civil Forfeiture Case against LA Mansion Linked to Former Armenian Tax Chief

Friday, July 12, 2024
Author: 
Bruce Zagaris
Volume: 
40
Issue: 
7
Abstract: 

        On July 8, 2024, the U.S. Department of Justice announced it has settled a civil forfeiture case against a mansion in the Holmby Hills section of Los Angeles belonging to the family of Gagik Khachatryan, the former most senior official in charge of taxes and customs official in the Republic of Armenia.

American Man Accused of Sexual Assault in 2013 is Detained in France for Possession of Stolen Goods and can be Extradited to the U.S.

Friday, July 12, 2024
Author: 
Morinsola Tinubu
Volume: 
40
Issue: 
7
Abstract: 

        On Monday, July 8, 2024, the Court of Appeal in Metz determined that Ian Thomas Cleary can be extradited to the U.S. for pending sexual assault charges. When asked if he wanted to be extradited, per French Law, he refused.[1] Cleary’s refusal may delay the extradition process but will ultimately not prevent it, as the ruling is final. 

Amsterdam Museum to Return Matisse Painting Acquired during Nazi Era

Friday, July 12, 2024
Author: 
Kaila Hall
Volume: 
40
Issue: 
7
Abstract: 

        On June 25, 2024, the Stedelijk Museum announced it would return a rare Henri Matisse painting to the heirs of Jewish textile manufacturer Albert Stern[2] [2] following a Dutch Restitutions Committee ruling. Prior to World War II, Matisse’s Odalisque 1920-1921 painting belonged to Albert and his wife Marie Stern’s private art collection. In recent years, the Stern family, represented by the Commission for Looted Art in Europe, worked with the museum to jointly submit their case to the Dutch Restitutions Committee. 

Human Rights Organizations Express Alarm over Potential Thai Extradition of Human Rights Defender to Vietnam

Friday, July 5, 2024
Author: 
Bruce Zagaris
Volume: 
40
Issue: 
7
Abstract: 

        On July 4, 2024, the UN Office of the High Commission for Human Rights and the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) expressed grave concern about Vietnam’s request to Thailand to extradite refugee and human rights defender Y Quynh Bdap, who co-founded Montagnards Stand for Justice, an organization advocating for Indigenous rights in rights in Vietnam. Y Quynh Bdap has lived in Thailand since 2018, where the UN High Commissioner for Refugees recognizes him as a refugee as he awaits resettlement to a third country.

Treasury Sanctions Wealthy Guyanese Family, Alleging Public Corruption

Friday, July 5, 2024
Author: 
Austin Wahl
Volume: 
40
Issue: 
7
Abstract: 

            On June 11, 2024, the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) imposed sanctions on one of Guyana’s wealthiest families: Nazar Mohamed, his son, Azruddin Mohamed, and their company, Mohamed’s Enterprise, as well as Guyana’s Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Labor: Mae Thomas, alleging public corruption.  OFAC additionally sanctioned Team Mohamed’s Racing Team and Hadi’s world for their connection to (owned or controlled by) the Mohameds.[1]   The Mohameds deny any wrongdoing.

Commonwealth Meeting of Anti-Corruption Agencies Results in a Communiqué

Friday, July 5, 2024
Author: 
Bruce Zagaris
Volume: 
40
Issue: 
7
Abstract: 

            On June 17, 2024, the heads of anti-corruption agencies in the Commonwealth Caribbean concluded their annual conference in Nassau, The Bahamas.  They unanimously pledged to leverage artificial intelligence (AI) in the fight against corruption. The Commonwealth Secretariat and the Bahamas Public Disclosure Commission as well as the Association of Integrity Commissions and Anti-Corruption Bodies in the Commonwealth Caribbean (CCAICACB), hosted the Commissions and Anti-Corruption Bodies.

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