The European Union’s Gatekeeper Initiative: The European Union Enlists Lawyers in the Fight Against Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing

Globalization, the rapid expansion of the Internet, and advancements in communications and transportation technologies all seem to be either the symptoms or the causes of a more interconnected and interdependent world. As these technological developments have allowed companies and individuals to operate on a more global scale, they have also allowed for the worldwide expansion of criminal activity and heightened sophistication with which this activity is carried out and financed. Drug trafficking, arms smuggling, terrorism, and human trafficking are no longer of purely national concern, and the international community has realized that criminals rely heavily on financial transactions to disguise funds derived from, or used to commit, these serious crimes.

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