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Updated: Jun 29, 2023

Economic Crime in the Age of Technology (ECAT): Potential Impact and Implications is a hybrid international conference (in-person and online) that is dedicated to exploring the still untapped potential of utilizing technological advancements to counter economic crime. Its objective is to foster a deeper understanding of how emerging technologies, including artificial intelligence, blockchain, and machine learning, can effectively address economic crimes across various sectors. It is organized by Dr. Costantino Grasso - Associate Professor in Law at Manchester Law School, Dr. Donato Vozza - Senior Lecturer in Law at Roehampton University, and Dr. Alessio Faccia - Assistant Professor in Finance at the University of Birmingham Dubai.

The international conference will be held both in person and online on the 5th of July 2023 from 3:00 pm BST.

Join for free in person at Manchester Law School (Moot Court Room), Lower Ormond Street Manchester M15 6BH, by registering on Eventbrite at the following link: Economic crime in the age of technology (ECAT) Tickets, Wed 5 Jul 2023 at 15:00 | Eventbrite

Alternatively, join for free on Zoom by registering at:

ECAT provides an interdisciplinary platform where cutting-edge ideas and insights converge. It aims to uncover the impact and potential implications of technology in the fight against economic crime, examining both the advantages and disadvantages of its transformative power. Specifically, the discussions will focus on how AI, blockchain, machine learning, and other emerging technologies can complement traditional investigative techniques. For example, they can enhance the accuracy of financial compliance processes, aid in the identification and prevention of fraudulent activities, and augment existing methods. However, the discussions at ECAT will also be mindful of the potential risks and ethical dilemmas associated with these technological advancements. Privacy concerns, data protection, algorithmic bias, and unintended consequences will be carefully considered and addressed. The overarching goal of ECAT is to serve as a catalyst for collaboration and knowledge sharing, fostering interdisciplinary dialogue, and nurturing partnerships among academia, law enforcement agencies, financial institutions, technology companies, and policymakers. By promoting these collaborations, ECAT aims to create a robust framework for addressing economic crime, leveraging the expertise and resources of various stakeholders to develop effective and ethical solutions.


Session 1 "Technology in Countering Economic Crime: Ethics and Accountability"

Chair: Donato Vozza Panelists: Costantino Grasso Ethical Considerations in Utilizing Technology to Combat Economic Crime Claudia Sandei Cyber-attacks and Directors’ Liability David Banisar Information Technology and Transparency: The User Push for Data Laxmi Devi The Driving Force for Technologically Enhanced Interdisciplinary Legal Programs

Session 2 "AML in the Digital Age: Challenges and Prospects"

Chair: Alessio Faccia Panelists: Federica Nappa Anti-Money Laundering: New Prospects in the Digital Society Adam Abukari Challenges of Regulatory Playbook for Anti-Money Laundering Software Market in the EU Ahmed Eltweri Money Laundering Regulations in Libya: Assessing Effectiveness and Enhancing AML Efforts Gert Demmink The Use of Technology Preventing Misuse of Technology in the Age of Proliferation

Session 3 "Enhancing Investigations: AI, Digital Evidence, Disclosure, and the Metaverse"

Chair: Costantino Grasso Panelists: Zeinab Abdollahkhani Intelligent Investigator in Corporations Paul Wright Investigating Digital Evidence: Enhancing Traditional Techniques with an InvestigatorGPT Christopher Sykes Disclosure and AI Fabio Coppola Possible Use of the Metaverse in the Prevention of Corporate Crimes


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