The COVID-19 pandemic is transforming the global marketplace. International trade is plummeting at the fastest pace since the financial crisis and the WTO expects global trade to fall as much as 32% in 2020. Forms of cross-border corruption, including illicit trade and schemes subverting new national trade policies are also changing. Please join the Anti-Corruption & Governance Center’s latest COVID-19 and Corruption event featuring international trade crime experts Dr. Louise Shelley and Dr. Nikos Passas (bios below) for a participatory discussion of how COVID-19 is affecting legal and illegal asset flows around the world. The event will be introduced by CIPE Executive Director Andrew Wilson.
Dr. Louise Shelley is the Omer L. and Nancy Hirst Endowed Chair and a University Professor at George Mason University where she directs the Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption Center (TraCCC) that she founded. She is a leading expert on the relationship among terrorism, organized crime and corruption as well as human trafficking, transnational crime and terrorism. She also specializes in illicit financial flows and money laundering. Her most recent book is Dark Commerce: How a New Illicit Economy Is Threatening Our Future (2018). It was just named one of the top three anti-corruption books by Transparency International.
Dr. Nikos Passas is Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Northeastern University. He specializes in the study of international criminal law and conventions, corruption, illicit financial/trade flows, sanctions, informal fund transfers, remittances, terrorism, white-collar crime, financial regulation, organized crime and international crimes. Dr. Passas has testified before Canada’s Major Commission on Terrorism Finance. On several occasions, he has worked with U.S. federal prosecutors and testified before the United States Congress on cases related to international financial crime and money laundering. One of his most recent publications is a chapter in The Handbook of Global Trade Policy on “Trade and Illicit Flows: A Case Involving the United States, China and Mexico.”