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Chasing Kleptocrats' Loot: Assessing the Global Campaign Against Grand Corruption

dinsdag 14 mei 2019
Schouwburgstraat 2
2511 VA Den Haag
Auditorium A0.06


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About the lecture

The presentation explores an unprecedented new international moral and legal rule that forbids one state from hosting money stolen by the leaders of another state. The aim is to counter grand corruption or kleptocracy when leaders of poorer countries loot billions of pounds at the expense of their citizens and transfer the money to rich host countries. Thanks to the new international rules, these host states now have a duty to block, trace, freeze and seize these illicit funds, and hand them back to the countries from which they were stolen. The presentation explains how this anti-kleptocracy regime came about, how well it is working, how it could work better, and the broader implications for the study of international politics and policy.

The paper for this DGA seminar can be accessed here.

About the speaker

Jason Sharman is the Head of the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Cambridge, as well as the Sir Patrick Sheehy Professor of International Relations and a fellow of King’s College, Cambridge. He was educated in Australia, Russia, and the United States, and earlier held positions at the American University in Bulgaria, the University of Sydney and Griffith University. Sharman’s research is focused on the regulation of global finance, especially as relates to money laundering, tax, corruption, and offshore financial centers, and the international relations of the early modern world. His latest books are The Despot’s Guide to Wealth Management (Cornell University Press), and Empires of the Weak: The Real Story of European Expansion and the Creation of the New World Order (Princeton University Press).

About the seminars

The Diplomacy and Global Affairs (DGA) Research Seminar is a series launched by the Research Group on Diplomacy and Global Affairs at the Institute of Security and Global Affairs. The seminars of internationally acknowledged guest researchers and faculty members deal with current research topics in diplomacy, international relations, global affairs, and political economy broadly conceived and target a broad audience through their interdisciplinary focus.


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