Money laundering – International perspectives

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This book collects some of the main papers presented at the conference on ‘Money Trails: International Money Laundering Trends and Prevention/Control Policies’ held in Courmayeur, Italy, in June 1994. This conference, organised by ISPAC, the International Scientific and Advisory Board of the United Nations in cooperation with the Crime and Justice Branch of the United Nations under the auspices of the Italian Government, convened approximately one hundred experts in the field. This combination of different experiences coming from governmental and research fields has ensured that this conference in Courmayeur should become a milestone in the debate on anti-money laundering policies. Some recent publications have extensively drawn from the material of this conference.


The Courmayeur conference was substantially preparatory to the World Conference on Transnational Organised Crime that the United Nations held in Naples in November 1994, just five months later. In the Naples conference anti money laundering  policies  played an essential role in combating organised crime, and the contribution coming  from Courmayeur was officially and substantially recognized in the proceeding of this
conference and endorsed by the General Assembly of the United Nations.

Presenting a wide range of different approaches and experiences, this volume has no conclusions. The thread which connects them, globalization of the problems that calls for a globalization of responses, comes out reinforced. The contributions are small seeds the Courmayeur Conference has sown. If in sand or in fertile soil is a question left open.