Law School's Gurulé to assist Paraguayan efforts to combat money laundering, terrorist financing

| By: Susan Good

Jimmy Gurule

At the request of the Paraguayan government, Jimmy Gurulé, professor of law at the University of Notre Dame, will speak Oct. 15 to 20 to governmental, police, banking and education groups in that country on money laundering and the financing of terrorists.

Gurulé will deliver a talk titledMoney Laundering and the Global Effort to Stop Terrorist Financingto Minister Regelio Benitez Vargas and other members of the Ministry of the Interior; officials in the General Prosecutors Office, the BankersAssociation on Paraguay, the Ministry of the Treasury, and the Financial Intelligence Unit; and students and faculty at the Catholic University of Asuncion Law School. He also will meet with Paraguayan Vice President Luis Castiglioni.

The Paraguayan government currently is promoting a concerted effort to develop money laundering laws and enforcement avenues. Its efforts include education on the negative economic effects of money laundering as well as the establishment of an enforcement team that has created three special investigative units in customs, tax and internal investigations to address criminal activity that contributes both to the laundering itself and terrorist financing.

Gurulé is an expert on the effects of global funding of terrorism and is a frequent guest of international organizations working to combat such criminal activity. A member of theNotre DameLawSchoolfaculty since 1989, he twice has taken a leave of absence from the University to serve in various capacities for theU.S.government.

From 2001 until 2003, Gurulé was under secretary for enforcement in the Department of the Treasury, where, in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, he played a central role in developing and implementing theU.S.strategy to deprive terrorist organizations of funding. He also was responsible for drafting the 2001 and 2002 National Money Laundering Strategy.

From 1990 until 1992, he served as assistant attorney general in the Department of Justice.

Gurulé teaches international criminal law at Notre Dame and is the co-author of the first law casebook on the subject.

Contact: Jimmy Gurulé at 574-631-5917 or gurule.1@nd.edu

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Originally published by Dennis Brown &Carol Jambor-Smith at newsinfo.nd.edu on October 11, 2005.