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Dirty Assets. Emerging Issues in the Regulation of Criminal and Terrorist Assets

Adopting a multi-disciplinary and comparative approach, the book “Dirty Assets. Emerging Issues in the Regulation of Criminal and Terrorist Assets” (eds. King, C. and Walker, C., Aldershot: Ashgate, 2014) focuses on the emerging and innovative aspects of attempts to target the accumulated assets of those engaged in criminal and terrorist activity, organized crime and corruption. It examines the ‘follow-the-money’ approach and explores the nature of criminal, civil and regulatory responses used to attack the financial assets of those engaged in financial crime in order to deter and disrupt future criminal activity as well as terrorism networks. With contributions from leading international academics and practitioners in the fields of law, economics, financial management, criminology, sociology and political science, the book explores law and practice in countries with significant problems and experiences, revealing new insights into these dilemmas. It also discusses the impact of the ‘follow-the-money’ approach on human rights while also assessing effectiveness.

In her chapter “Civil Forfeiture of Criminal Assets in Bulgaria”, Rositsa Dzhekova, Analyst at the Center for the Study of Democracy, examines the practical obstacles to the implementation of civil forfeiture in Bulgaria, taking into consideration key institutional, legislative and policy factors that shape the application of the Law on Forfeiture of Proceeds of Criminal Activity. She argues that the socio-cultural specifics of organized crime in Bulgaria, as well as the broader context of the existing policies for countering organized crime, have a strong determinant effect on the resistance to an effective and efficient forfeiture regime.

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