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Ann Marie Bissessar reveals how technology impedes money laundering regulations

For Release Upon Receipt - February 8, 2011

St. Augustine


Right on the heels of its first Professorial Inaugural Lecture of 2011, the St. Augustine Campus of The University of the West Indies (UWI), will host the second on Thursday 10th February – delivered by Professor Ann Marie Bissessar, Head of the Department of Behavioural Sciences and Professor of Government at The University. Professor Bissessar’s lecture, carded for 5.30pm, at the Faculty of Engineering, UWI, St. Augustine, is titled “Regulation, the Regulatory State, Agency and Autonomy: The Case of Anti-Money Laundering Regulation in a Small State.”

In her lecture, Professor Bissessar will seek to fill the gap in current research on the issue of money laundering, revealing how the progression and globalisation of technology exposes new challenges, to applying regulations to prevent money laundering schemes. She will show how organised crime groups breach legal and regulatory controls, using today’s most popular internet offerings, including online payment systems, online auctions, online gaming, social networking sites and blogs.  

Guests at the lecture will be welcomed by Professor Terence Seemungal, Chair of the Open Lectures Committee, and hear opening remarks by Mr. Jeremy Callaghan, the St. Augustine Campus Registrar. Professor Bissessar’s lecture will be followed by an open discussion.

This lecture is free and open to the public.

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