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  • Lisa Schirch
    Peacebuilding at EMU she consults with a network of strategic partner organizations involved in peacebuilding activities in over 20 countries A former Fulbright Fellow in East and West Africa Ms Schirch has written four books and numerous articles on conflict prevention and peacebuilding Her current research interests include civil military dialogue on human security and supporting a comprehensive peace process in Afghanistan She is a frequent public speaker and has

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/print/382 (2016-02-16)
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  • James Shaw-Hamilton
    James was the head of the Charity Commissions International Programme which works with Governments and NGOs in several countries to a build healthy independent and accountable sector and was previously Legal Counsel at the International Save the Children Alliance James

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/print/384 (2016-02-16)
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  • Douglas Rutzen
    Advisory Group of Civil Society Watch and on the International Advisory Committee of Independent Sector In addition he is Chair of the East West Management Institute and serves on the Steering Committee of the United States International Grantmaking USIG Project Prior to joining ICNL he taught law at Charles Law Faculty in Prague served as Legal Advisor to the Czechoslovak Parliament and was an associate at Coudert Brothers where he

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/print/367 (2016-02-16)
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  • Steve Vladeck
    he was part of the legal team that successfully challenged the Bush Administration s use of military tribunals at Guantánamo Bay Cuba in Hamdan v Rumsfeld 548 U S 557 2006 and has co authored amicus briefs in a host of other lawsuits challenging the U S government s surveillance and detention of terrorism suspects Mr Vladeck has also drafted reports on related issues for a number of organizations including the First Amendment Center the Constitution Project and the ABA s Standing Committee on Law and National Security and he is a senior editor of the peer reviewed Journal of National Security Law and Policy He graduated from Yale Law School in 2004 after which he clerked for the Honorable Marsha S Berzon on the U S Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the Honorable Rosemary Barkett on the U S Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit While a law student he was Executive Editor of the Yale Law Journal and the Student Director of the Balancing Civil Liberties National Security Post 9 11 Litigation Project and he was awarded the Potter Stewart Prize for Best Team Performance in Moot Court and the Harlan Fiske Stone Prize

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  • Ellen Willmott
    she engaged in the private practice of law representing financial institutions in commercial transactions and litigation Her work for Save the Children focuses on US government regulatory affairs and compliance intellectual property protection international donors and alliances data privacy and security lobbying and advocacy and other general corporate matters Ellen has represented Save the Children to Department of Commerce Department of Treasury Office of Foreign Asset Control US Department of State and USAID in connection with US economic and trade regulations and anti terrorism regulations She has provided advice and counsel to InterAction in support of its legislative and administrative efforts on behalf of its members and acted as the chair of InterAction s Working Group on Office of Foreign Asset Control and the USAID Anti terrorism Certification In addition to her work for Save the Children Ms Willmott is the Chair of the Membership Subcommittee of the national Non Profit Committee of the Association of Corporate Counsel From 2004 2009 she was a member of the Board of Trustees of Clothes Helping Kids a charity working to benefit children in the Navajo Nation and in and around New Mexico She has been a regular speaker on compliance with US

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/print/372 (2016-02-16)
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  • Ben Wizner
    liberties violations including two challenges to the CIA s extraordinary rendition program legal challenges aimed at exposing FBI and Pentagon surveillance of non violent protestors and suits challenging unlawful airport security policies He has traveled to Guantánamo Bay to observe and report on Military Commission trials Prior to working at the ACLU he served as a law clerk to the Hon Stephen Reinhardt of the U S Court of Appeals

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/print/366 (2016-02-16)
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  • The Financial Action Task Force: What Nonprofits Need to Know
    civil society CSOs must pay close attention to the workings of FATF to prevent new laws that impede their work What is Financial Action Task Force The most powerful agency you never heard of Formed in 1989 FATF consists of 35 member states and eight regional associate members and official observer bodies such as the World Bank and UN agencies It sets anti terrorist financing and anti money laundering standards that are used to assess the adequacy of laws in nearly every country Because FATF is not treaty based and has no real legal authority there is little transparency or public accountability Although its recommendations do not create binding international obligations its significant power and influence come from its evaluation program which assesses 180 countries for compliance with its standards A negative rating by FATF can affect a nation s international credit rating and ability to attract investors FATF on Nonprofit Organizations R8 says countries should ensure that nonprofits cannot be misused by terrorist groups Two key documents provide guidance on how FATF expects governments to implement R8 The Interpretive Note IN lays out objectives principles and the types of measures countries should take to be rated compliant The Best Practices Paper provides details on how government should implement R8 In June 2014 FATF published a report 1 identifying typologies of terrorist abuse of civil society It concluded that NPOs most at risk are those engaged in service activities that operate in close proximity to active terrorist threats FATF Recommendations also cover financial institutions which have increasingly been expected to act as monitoring and enforcement arms of governments to identify track and stop illicit money flows The cost of compliance and the threat of significant sanctions for violations have led banks to derisk by dropping low profit customers such as NPOs As a result charities and grantmakers now find it more difficult to access financial services Authoritarian countries have abused the FATF process to infringe on the rights of civil society including its autonomy and ability to receive international support Other governments have exceeded the requirements of R8 in their eagerness to get a compliant rating in FATF s assessment process Spotlight Critique and Response A 2012 groundbreaking report by Statewatch and the Transnational Institute examining the effects of FATF regulations in almost 160 countries found that FATF rules are being used by governments as an instrument to further cut back on the space of civil society freedom to access and distribute financial resources for development conflict resolution and human rights work 2 In response to the report FATF stated It will be important that regulations and actions in this area do not harm the legitimate activities of such organisations In 2013 after consultation with NPOs FATF made significant revisions to the Best Practices Paper that takes a more constructive approach Its findings include that government oversight should be flexible effective and proportional to the risk of abuse and recognition that non profit self regulatory organizations can play a role

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