Barry Pollack spoke at this seminar, sponsored by the Abu Dhabi Ministry of Justice and the Business Crime Committee of the International Bar Association. Over 60 judicial and prosecution officials drawn from all of the Emirates, as well as officials of the Ministry of Justice, attended the symposium.
The symposium was organized around the provisions of the 2000 United Nations Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime, known as the Palermo Convention, that addresses the investigation and prosecution of international organized crime and other cross-border criminal activity. The speakers also discussed recent legislation, including the 2010 U.K. Bribery Act, scheduled to take effect in April 2011, as well as more established conventions and laws designed to combat money laundering, organized criminal activity and the bribery of government officials. These included the 1997 O.E.C.D. Anti-Bribery Convention, the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and the 2007 U.K. Anti-Money Laundering Act.