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Online Webinar: Strengthening Judicial Cooperation in the MENA Region: Judges and Prosecutors at the forefront of the fight against Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing’’

On September 22nd, the EU Global AML/CFT Facility and The Siracusa International Institute for Criminal Justice and Human Rights will hold a Webinar on ‘’Strengthening Judicial Cooperation in the MENA Region: Judges and Prosecutors at the forefront of the Fight against Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing’’.

The event will take place from 13:00 to 16:00 (Amman time) / from 14:00 to 17:00 (Abu Dhabi time). The event is open only to judges, prosecutors and law enforcement officers from the MENA region.

Registration will take place until 21 September 2021 at the following link: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Jj2XC4-sRJymru9PAWOnFw

The detailed agenda shall be sent shortly after the registration. Interpretation between English and Arabic will be provided. A final certificate of attendance will be available upon request.

The webinar shall (consist of 5 parts and) cover the following topics:

  • What works and does not work for judicial co-operation on AML/CFT matters: A high-level situation analysis for the MENA region;
  • Counter the financing of terrorism: a specific challenge for the MENA region;
  • National strategies to ensure effective investigations and prosecutions relating to anti-money laundering (AML), counter-terrorist financing (CTF) and counter-proliferation;
  • Constitutional arguments as obstacles to judicial cooperation: Contrasting myth and reality; and
  • Improving the capacity of investigators and judicial systems to turn intelligence into evidence.

The speakers and moderators are:


  • Dr. Ali Bin Fadhul AL BUAINAIN is the Attorney General of the Kingdom of Bahrein. Holding a PhD in Criminal Law, he devoted his entire career in public prosecution in the Kingdom. Former Vice-President of the International Association of Prosecutors, he is a Member of the Supreme Judicial Council of the Kingdom of Bahrain.

  • Judge Jean-Paul LABORDE is the roving Ambassador of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean Union on counter-terrorism. Former Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations and Executive Director of the UN Security Council Counter-terrorism Directorate, he had also an outstanding career in the French Judiciary as a Judge and a Prosecutor, before retiring from the position of Judge at the Supreme Court (Cour de cassation) in 2018. 
  • Nadim KYRIAKOS-SAAD, co-Head of the Financial Integrity Group of the International Monetary Fund (IMF, Wahington DC, USA), graduated in law and political science from Saint Joseph University (Beirut, Lebanon) and Columbia University (New York, USA). He practiced as a lawyer before joining the IMF in 1992, and is responsible for AML/CFT matters in the Fund since 2002.
  • Mariano FEDERICI, Managing Director, K2 Integrity, served as Chair of the Egmont Group of Financial Intelligence Units , and as Head of Argentina’s FIU. He also worked as senior counsel, and as regional advisor in Latin America and the Caribbean, for the International Monetary Fund’s Legal Department. Former lawyer with Sullivan & Cromwell’s New York office and as partner and associate for leading Argentine law firms, Mariano Federici, a citizen of Argentina and Italy, holds a J.D. from the Catholic University of Argentina and an LL.M. from the University of Virginia School of Law.
  • Judge Jean-François THONY, Honorary Prosecutor General, is the President of the Siracusa International Institute for Criminal Justice and Human Rights (Italy). A Judge and a Prosecutor in France, he served as Manager of the UN Global Program against Money laundering and later, as Head of the Financial Integrity Group of the IMF. He was appointed in 2007 as Director of the French National Judicial Institute (ENM) and in 2012, as Prosecutor General. He is the Chairman of the Financial Review Committee of the International Association of Prosecutors and the Executive Vice-President of the International Association of Penal Law.
  • His Excellency Hamadah AlSaawi, Attorney General of the Republic of Egypt.

We look forward to hosting you at this event. If you require further information, please contact info@siracusainstitute.org.


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