Follow the Money: The Dutch Experience

Hans Nelen, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (NL)

During the last decade, throughout the world more emphasis has been put on financial instruments in order to control and prevent money laundering, organised crime (and more recently) terrorism. Most democratic countries have developed systems for the disclosure of suspicious financial transactions and have adopted legislation to find, freeze and forfeiture criminal assets. The paper will discuss the strength and weaknesses of the policy theory behind this rather new approach. It will also highlight the latest experiences in the Netherlands with regard to financial policing.

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Updated 05/20/2006