Workshop 6.2

Workshop 6.2 Dismantling Illicit Networks and Corruption Nodes

Stream 1 Peace & Security

Coordinator: David M. Luna, Director for Combating Transnational Crime and Illicit Threats, U.S. Department of State
Date: Sunday 11:00 to 13:00
Location: The Banqueting Hall

Transnational crime and corruption threaten many of our mutually-shared interests globally. It undermines security and stability, rule of law, core democratic values, poverty alleviation and the creation of a level playing field for lawful business activities. Corrupt practices contribute to the spread of organized crime and terrorism, undermine government and market institutions, cast shadows of lawlessness that erode the public trust, and destabilize entire communities and economies. Transnational criminal syndicates and networks undermine the stability and security of all nations through their illicit enterprises including the transshipment of drugs, arms, illegal contraband, trafficked women and children, laundered money, financial fraud, counterfeiting, and cybercrime. Behind the supply of illicit goods and services is often a web of international organized crime and corruption. Although a criminal syndicate or network may specialize in one aspect of criminal behavior, they are often involved in related crimes. For example, an arms trafficker may be paid in diamonds/precious gems, drugs, or commodities/natural resources which are in turn sold and the proceeds laundered and possibly channeled legitimately into the international financial system. The interwoven strands of such illicit and criminal transactions make it almost impossible to separate one from the other.

None of us should underestimate the task at hand of combating corruption and defeating and dismantling these criminal organizations will not be an easy task. International criminals have tremendous financial resources and they spare no expense to corrupt government and law enforcement officials. They have extensive worldwide networks to support their operations and are inherently nimble, adapting quickly to change. To make headway against these groups, the international community needs to develop strong enforcement approaches and public-private partnerships to enhance our cooperation to combat these threats and to dismantle the criminal networks.

Moderator: David M. Luna, Director for Combating Transnational Crime and Illicit Threats, U.S. Department of State
Rapporteur: Diane Kohn, Anticorruption Advisor, U.S. Department of State

Panellists:
Bruce Ohr,
Chief, Organized Crime and Racketeering Section, Criminal Division, U.S. Department of Justice

Juliet Ibekaku, Legal Expert, Inter Governmental Action Group Against Money Laundering in West Africa (GIABA)

Nikos Passas, Professor, Northeastern University, College of Criminal Justice

Barry O'Keefe, IACC Council Chair, retired Australian Supreme Court Justice

José Ugaz, Senior Partner and Team Leader of the Criminal Division of Benites, Forno & Ugaz