On Wednesday 30 January at UWE Bristol, Dr Mary Alice Young convened an interdisciplinary research event on the role of technology and the intelligent machine in organized crime. The event was supported by the Centre for Applied Legal Research and the Criminal Justice Unit. There were 60 attendees in total, including a group of senior investigators from the Metropolitan Police Service, law enforcement officers from the South West Regional Organised Crime Unit, Embassy attaches, investigators from HMRC, and colleagues from UWE’s departments including, Artificial Intelligence, History, Forensics, International Relations, Geography and Criminology. 25 students also attended (representing three faculties), and made valuable contributions to the discussion and connections with potential employers.
Since the event on 30 January, Dr Young has been successful with a number of publications and planning upcoming workshops.
Dr Young’s interdisciplinary article, ‘Organised Crime and Security Threats in Caribbean Small Island Developing States: A Critical Analysis of US Assumptions and Policies’, has been accepted for publication by the European Review of Organised Crime, with one reviewer stating that it ‘re-orientates a long standing misreading of the Caribbean reality’ of organized crime. Dr Mike Woodiwiss (History, UWE Bristol) is the second author, and the work builds on interviews and field research carried out in Jamaica in 2018.
Dr Young’s forthcoming paper on the untold truth of the architecture of anti-money laundering policies has been accepted for discussion at the Tax Justice Network’s annual conference in July 2019 at City University, London.
Dr Young will also convene a plenary workshop on enablers of organised financial crime, and host the closed Think Tank on Organised Crime in September 2019, at the Cambridge International Economic Crime Symposium, Jesus College.
On 10th October 2018, Dr Young convened and hosted the First Interdisciplinary Symposium on Organized Crime. The day long Symposium (sponsored by UWE Bristol’s CALR) attracted 45 participants, with many from outside of UWE and academia. Five senior officers from the Metropolitan Police Service attended, as well as participants from the South West Regional Organised Crime Unit, the Institute of Statecraft, the Tax Justice Network and also attachés from several Embassies. Speakers included, Professor Tim Hall, Human Geography, University of Winchester; Dr Anna Markovska, Criminology, Anglia Ruskin; Dr Michael Woodiwiss, History, UWE; Mr Chris Atack, Detective Sergeant in the Metropolitan Police Service specialising in Economic Crime; Mr Mark Berry, PhD Researcher, Cardiff University, Trustee for the International Association for the Study of Organised Crime; Dr Phil Legg, Computer Science and Programme Leader for MSc Cyber Security, UWE Bristol.
On the back of this success Dr Young has created the entirely “Independent Organized Crime Research Network for Law Enforcement and Academics”, which had its inaugural meeting on Friday 16th November and saw colleagues from FET, HAS and law enforcement officers come together.
In October and November 2018, Dr Young was also a Panel Discussant, ‘Towards tax justice: challenging global tax avoidance” RebLaw, University of Law, London; and an invited Session Discussant, Open Society Justice Initiative & Tax Justice Network, Closed Meeting on Strategic Litigation to Combat Tax Havens.
Dr. Mary Alice Young (Law) and Dr. Michael Woodiwiss (History) are in Jamaica today to conduct a series of evidence-informed research presentations with members of the Jamaican law enforcement and policy making communities (the project has been fully funded by ACE).
Based on empirical research carried out in January 2018 in Kingston (one week before Jamaica’s government declared a State of Emergency in Montego Bay due to a rise in firearm deaths), the two UWE staff will present their research findings to law enforcement officers in the Jamaica Constabulary Force, and also in separate meetings to ministers from the Ministry of National Security.
They will also be presenting a preliminary paper for consultation, with a view to informing future policy making in the area of organized crime control in small island and developing states.
Dr Mary Alice Young interview – The Paradise Papers
The Centre for Applied Legal Research’s Dr Mary Alice Young was interviewed this month by Luke Vargas, from the U.N Headquarters in New York. The subject was the Paradise Papers and the radio interview was recorded for “Wake”, a weekly foreign policy broadcast produced by Talk Media News and circulated to more than 300 radio stations in the US.