Working on studies of transnational organized crime & transposition of international norms at the national levels.
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Mary Alice Young currently works as a Researcher and Senior Lecturer at the Bristol Law School, University of the West of England, Bristol. Mary's research adopts a mixed methods approach to the interdisciplinary exploration and analysis of organized crime and its control. The research usually involves empirical field work, and cross-discipline collaborations which concentrate on organized crime control policies – including anti-money laundering (AML) frameworks. Mary's current project is an historical, socio-legal analysis of the global AML framework. The work focuses on the retrieval and analysis of archival data from the US and UK, and how the narrative of the current AML framework, evolved from vested interests regarding the domestic, commercial trading priorities of the US and UK.
August 2013 - present
- Module leader, Financial Crime UJUUKY-15-3. Module leader, International Banking and Finance UJGUPF-15-M. Tutor, undergraduate Criminal Law. Staff lead for Graduate Outcome Survey (Law). UWE Epilepsy Champion.
The prevailing attitude of international legal institutions is that drug trafficking remains a dominant organised crime, which presents a major security threat to all nations, including the US. While US assumptions and policies on organised crime and its control are embodied and codified by international laws which reflect the US war on drugs from...
The prevailing attitude of global law enforcement authorities combined with media hyperbole perpetuates the assumption that the illegal wildlife trade has a synchronic relationship with organised crime and additionally generates huge profits for the individuals involved. The global trade in rhino horn, which is poached, trafficked, sold and consume...
Executive Summary/Structure of Evidence: The evidence will first discuss the disconnection existing between policy makers and academics in the context of threat analysis and organised crime control policy making (para 1). The lack of communication between policy makers and academics has allowed for a flawed understanding of the concept of organ...
Full text Open Access for this article available: https://rdcu.be/b3NNA This is the untold history of how prominent civil servants in the UK tailored US-devised anti-money laundering (AML) policies in ways that suited the needs of Britain’s financial services industry. In the aftermath of these initial compromises in 1987, criminal money managers...
The lack of literature charting the challenges faced by law enforcement officers (specifically, those in police forces) in disrupting financial crime, pointedly highlights the need for research in an important and generally neglected area; this being the central role that law enforcement plays in destabilising financial crime activities. Police bod...
Green crime, net zero, organized crime, decarbonisation, renewable energy, heat pumps
Covid-19 era 0 A “world fit for money laundering” must end in the post Covid-19 era City of London skyline Naomi Fowler Published: 29 April 2020 Reading time: 3 min Category: Financial secrecy ↘ Financialisation ↘ Inequality and human rights ↘ Race to the bottom ↘ Tags: Blog We’re sharing here the details of explosive new research on “the...
This guest blog written by Dr Mary Alice Young of the University of West England proposes that in the aftermath of Covid-19, Western governments must redress antiquated and inherently racist organised crime control laws.
Full text can be accessed using this URL: https://www.emerald.com/insight/content/doi/10.1108/JFC-07-2015-0035/full/html
Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to examine the current state and future pressures of money laundering on Jamaica and the financial crime connections between the UK and Jamaica. Design/methodology/approach – The paper focuses on the primary data collected from a series of semi-structured interviews with members from the law enforcement and f...
Purpose – The paper aims to highlight the relationship between money laundering and banking confidentiality in offshore financial centres – particularly following the recent publicity and BBC expose surrounding the criminal use of offshore financial centres. It proposes that there has long been concern over the illegitimate uses of offshore financi...
This book brings together the issues surrounding banking secrecy and confiscation of criminal proceeds. The book examines the existing legal agreements at the international, regional and national levels and their interaction in the substantive areas of confiscation, anti-money laundering and banking confidentiality laws. It looks at how these agree...
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I am looking to expand my recent work on organized crime control in small island developing states (SIDS). I am aiming to collect a comprehensive set of empirical data gathered from interviews with active and retired law enforcement officers and policy makers - those who have experience of organized crime and its control in SIDS. My purpose is to assess the influence of Western priorities on the practices of local authorities. I am looking for interview participants from Global South jurisdictions. Please contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org