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Second Annual CJC-Renmin University Joint Conference: Legal Responses to Financial Crime

17 October 2014 - 18 October 2014

Time: 8:30am - 5:30pm
Venue: Institute of Advanced Legal Studies , Charles Clore House , 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5DR

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This event is the second in a series of annual conferences on Criminal Justice organised jointly by the Criminal Justice Centre at Queen Mary University of London and Renmin University (Beijing, China). The last conference took place at Renmin University in October 2013 and focused on the different crime problems and legal regulations in the area of organised crime in China and Europe. This year's follow-up conference will bring together experts from China and Europe to discuss the impact of fraud and money laundering, and more generally financial crime, on national, regional and international economies. 

While focusing on legal perspectives, this conference is open to other disciplines exploring the field, such as criminology, sociology, geography and accounting. It aims at engaging a variety of academic and practitioner perspectives to open up a practice-focused, cross-cultural dialogue on the topic. Papers are invited on the themes of asset recovery, credit card fraud, money laundering, public and private responses to financial crime, financial crime in the justice systems and many more.


Friday 17 October 2014

  • 08.45 - Registration/Tea and coffee
  • 09.15 - Welcome - Professor Valsamis Mitsilegas, Head of the Department of Law, Queen Mary University of London
  • 09.30 - Session I: Fresh Perspectives on Financial Crime: National, Regional and International Approaches
    • Professor Clive Walker,  University of Leeds (Chair)
    • Professor Shi Yanan, Law School, Renmin University - ‘Introduction to Anti-Money Laundering Mechanisms in China’
    • Professor Valsamis Mitsilegas, Queen Mary University of London - ‘Contemporary responses to financial crime’
    • Dr Saskia Hufnagel, Queen Mary University of London - ‘Transnational Investigations of Financial Crime: An EU Perspective’
  • 11.00 - Session II: Financial Crime in China
    • Professor Toine Spapens, Tilburg University (Chair)
    • Professor Liu Mingxiang, Law School, Renmin University - ‘On the Crime of Credit Card Fraud in China’
    • Associate Professor Wang Ying, Renmin University - ‘On Some Key Issues of Financial Crimes in China’
    • Professor Cheng Lei, Renmin University - ‘China’s Framework and Challenge on Freezing, Seizure and Confiscation of Financial Crime Proceeds’
  • 12.30 - Lunch
  • 14.00 - Session III: Financial Crime: A Law Enforcement Agency Perspective
    • Professor Shi Yanan, Law School, Renmin University (Chair)
    • Mr Richard Lowe, Economic Crime Command, National Crime Agency - ‘Money Laundering in the UK - the role of international networks and trade payments’
    • Mr Francesco Lo Voi, National Member for Italy, Eurojust - ‘Seizure and Confiscation of Illicit Assets: European and Italian Perspectives’
    • Mr Igor Angelini, Head of Financial Intelligence, Operations Department, Europol - ‘Financial intelligence and money laundering: from cash to virtual currencies’
  • 15.30 - Tea and coffee break
  • 16.00 - Session IV: Financial Crime, Terrorism and Illegal Trade
    • Dr Saskia Hufnagel, Queen Mary University of London (Chair)
    • Professor Clive Walker, University of Leeds - ‘Acts of charity and acts of terrorism: interaction, regulation and prosecution’
    • Professor Toine Spapens, Tilburg University - ‘Where does all the money go? An insider’s view of large-scale cannabis cultivation’
    • Dr Sam Hardy, American University of Rome - ‘Cultural asset crime: the impact of the illicit antiquities trade on vulnerable economies’
  • 17.30 - Drinks Reception
  • 18.30 - Conference Dinner for invited guests

Saturday 18 October 2014

  • 09.30 - Tea and coffee
  • 09.45 - Welcome - Professor Morag Shiach, Vice-Principal and Executive Dean (Humanities and Social Sciences), Queen Mary University of London
  • 10.00 - Session V: Transnational Perspectives on Financial Crime
    • Professor Valsamis Mitsilegas, Queen Mary University of London (Chair)
    • Ms Michèle Coninsx, President of Eurojust - ‘The added value of Eurojust in fighting financial and economic crime’
    • Professor Mike Levi, Cardiff University - ‘The growing interlinkage between economic and organised crime: enforcement and prevention challenges’
    • Professor Peter Alldridge, Queen Mary University of London - ‘Offshore, Laundering and Tax Evasion’
  • 11.30 - Tea and coffee break
  • 12.00 - Session VI: Responses to Financial Crime – EU, China and Australia
    • Professor Peter Alldridge, Queen Mary University of London (Chair)    
    • Professor Brigitte Unger, Utrecht University - ‘The effectiveness of anti-money laundering policy in the 27 EU countries’
    • Professor Wang Wenhua, Law School, Beijing Foreign Studies University - ‘On the Reform of Criminal Laws on Anti-Money Laundering in China’
    • Professor Simon Bronitt, University of Queensland - ‘Australian Perspectives on Corporate Corruption and Facilitation Payments: A Crime against the Market?’
  • 13.30 - Lunch
  • 14.30 - Session VII: Perspectives on Money Laundering and Credit Card Fraud
    • Dr Colin King, University of Manchester (Chair)
    • Associate Professor Wu Jiang, Law School, Suzhou University - ‘On Credit Card Fraud – Focusing on Malicious Overdraft’
    • Ms Vanessa Iafolla, University of Toronto - ‘Constructing risky subjectivities: examining the practice of reporting unusual transactions in retail banking’
    • Dr Jing Bian, SOAS, University of London - ‘“Half Lava and Half Sea” Prevention of Financial Crime in the Era of Innovation’
  • 16.00 - Closing remarks
  • 16.30 - Close

The organisers reserve the right to amend this programme at any time.

How to Book

Registration for this event is free, but prior booking is required. As spaces are limited, early registration is recommended. Please register at the School of Law Eventbrite page by 1 October 2014.


For more information please contact Dr Saskia Hufnagel

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