Tuesday, September 12, 2017
At the 35th Cambridge Economic Crimes Symposium attended by over 1,750 delegates from over 100 countries, on Friday September 8, 2017, Professor William Byrnes (Texas A&M) analyzed the issues and challenges of "Disclosing Wealth". His slides and his paper are available for download:
Professor Byrnes addressed the findings of Robert Barrington's Transparency International in the context of how some low score governments, a majority of the index, are leveraging financial and tax information to investigate (and silence) political opposition and promote criminal acts against citizens. Professor Byrnes provided a path way forward for what the high score governments can do to assess the low score countries and address the misuse of information.
"I was overwhelmed by the positive response from both industry and government attendees," said William Byrnes. "I am already in contact with several attendees about potential mitigation of the challenges that were discussed and presented in my essay".
Other plenary panelists by example included -
• Mr Robert Barrington, Executive Director, Transparency International UK
• Mr Howard Sharp QC, former HM Solicitor General of the States of Jersey
• Mr Barnaby Pace, Senior Campaigner, Governments and Corruption, Global Witness, UK
• Ms Polly Greenberg, Managing Director, Financial Crime and Regulatory Consulting, Duff & Phelps, LLC and former Chief, Major Crimes Bureau, New York County District Attorney’s Office, USA
• Professor David Chaikin, Associate Professor of Law, University of Sydney Business School, Barrister, and formerly of the Australian Federal Attorney-General’s Department and the Commonwealth Secretariat
• Professor Rose-Marie Antoine, Dean, Faculty of Law, University of the West Indies, St Augustine, Trinidad
• Ms Tessa Lorimer, Special Counsel, Withers LLP and formerly of the Crown Prosecution Service for England and Wales and the HM Revenue and Customs Prosecution Office, UK
William Byrnes has established a Curriculum in Risk Management