London: Launch of Oxford Economics Illicit Trade Study


On 27 June, Tobias Freeman, Senior Legal Officer of the Siracusa International Institute, participated in the launch of Oxford Economics’ new study, Combatting Illicit Trade: Consumer Motivations and Stakeholder Perspectives“. This study seeks to understand the attitudes and behaviours of those that influence the demand and the supply for illicit goods, so that illicit trade can be contained.

Mr Freeman joined a panel discussion on best practices and effective strategies to combat illicit trade, chaired by Allen Bruford, former Deputy Director Facilitation and Compliance at the World Customs Organization. The panel also involved Hugo Bonar, Enforcement Manager at Ireland’s Health Products Regulatory Authority, Matt Cope, Deputy Director for Intellectual Property Enforcement at the UK’s Intellectual Property Office, Professor Nikos Passas of Northeastern University, and Naomi Doak, Head of Conservation Programmes at The Royal Foundation.