Responsibility for Risk – at the sharp end of fighting crime and terror
This year the Cambridge International Symposium on Economic Crime will celebrate its twenty-ninth year. It is a testament to the Symposium’s unique blend of relevance, practicality and topicality that over the years it has enjoyed the support of so many institutions and experts around the world. It also attests to the deep concern of governments and financial and other institutions as to the extent of the risks to stability and security thrown up by economic crime and in particular organised crime. The annual Cambridge Symposium is a truly unique event which over the years has made an unrivalled contribution to understanding the real issues involved in preventing and controlling economically motivated serious crime. As a respected and trusted international forum and network it has also made an impressive and meaningful contribution to fostering international co-operation and promoting mutual understanding and goodwill.
The Twenty–Ninth symposium will focus primarily on the responsibility of those who look after other people’s wealth, or who advise or oversee those who do, to identify and manage risk. In particular, we will concentrate on risks resulting from criminal and subversive activity and, perhaps perversely, those thrown up by laws and regulatory initiatives designed to attack criminal activity. The regulatory and enforcement environment has changed in many jurisdictions as a result of the financial crisis and the perimeters of responsibility and therefore liability have become even less clear. Increasingly responsibility is placed on those in supervisory positions to ‘insure’ the integrity of subordinates and others. These obligations themselves create the potential for new forms of civil and administrative liability. All contribute as very real risks to reputation and thus, stability and sustainability.
The Symposium brings together in one of the oldest medieval Colleges within the University of Cambridge, ministers, legislators, senior officials, diplomats, judges, regulators, law enforcement, intelligence and security officers, financial intermediaries, bankers, professional advisers, compliance and risk officers and scholars from around the world. Last year the symposium attracted well over 1,500 participants from over 95 countries.
Professor Barry A.K. Rider
Symposium Director and Co-Chairman,
Jesus College, Cambridge