Dr Mary Young

About me

Dr Mary Alice Young: Expert in criminal use of secrecy jurisdictions & transnational organized crime. 

SOLON Co-Director for UWE, ​Promoting Interdisciplinary​ Studies in Law, Crime and History.​​

Latest Article Available: '“Going Down the Glocal”: Wildlife Crime in Vietnam'​

Following a 4 month stint in 2009 at the UNODC Field Office in Laos where Mary analysed the compliance of national organized crime policy with a focus on financial crime, she signed with Routledge to publish her thesis in advance of being awarded her PhD in October 2011 from Aberystwyth University's Law School. Mary's thesis focused on the criminal use of financial secrecy jurisdictions and the tricky relationship between confidentiality and confiscation laws in the Cayman Islands.

In 2012, Mary was made a Research Fellow and investigated organized crime links between Jamaica and the UK. In 2013, Mary moved to Aberystwyth's School of Management and Business. 

Returning to the South West and at UWE since 2013, Mary is an active researcher who delivers and contributes to a range of modules in her specialist area and supervises dissertations and PhDs. 

Mary is a Fellow of the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, Cambridge University, undertaking placements in 2015 and 2017, and has strong links with Jesus College, Cambridge.

Dr Young's articles for the Journal of Money Laundering Control, have been downloaded in excess of 2500 times (June 2017) and she has travelled widely for the purposes of research and the dissemination of it, including to the Cayman Islands, Jamaica, Laos, Belgium, Holland, Italy, Iceland and Austria.

Mary works closely with Dr Michael Woodiwiss (History, UWE). In 2017 they were awarded internal funding to carry out research into the efficacy of Western organized crime control policies implemented in Jamaica and beyond. Their collaborative blogs for Tax Justice Network have been viewed in excess of 5000 times since January 2017.

Mary has had active epilepsy since she was 12 years old. She is proud to be the UWE Epilepsy Champion. She was instrumental in getting UWE formally recognised as a university which supports students with this condition and UWE has been awarded the Epilepsy Friendly mark.

​This page documents the most recent work Mary has taken part in from 2014 onwards.

Dr Young is happy to be contacted directly by email or skype: drmaryaliceyoung


  • 2017 Interviews: UN Chief Correspondent for Talk Media, New York; Wall Street Journal; Bristol Cable.
  • 2016 Invited: BBC's Newsnight & Newsday.
  • 2015 Interviews: BBC Radio Wiltshire, Latin Lawyer.
  • 2014 Interviews: Deutsche Welle, Financial Times.
  • 2014 Invited: Dods Parliamentary Communications. ​​

Area of expertise

Selected Conferences:

  • 2017 Convener and Chair (with Dr Woodiwiss), Organized Crime, Socio Legal Studies Association.
  • 2016 Observer Status, 8th Session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime, Vienna.
  • 2016 Tax Justice Network, City University.
  • 2015 ECPR Standing Group on Organised Crime, Naples University.
  • 2007-2017 Cambridge International Symposium on Economic Crime. 


  • 2017 With Dr Michael Woodiwiss, UWE ACE collaborative research fund, £10,400.
  • 2016/2017 SLSA Mentoring Grant recipient, £800.
  • 2014/15 UWE SPUR 6 award holder, £12,000.

Guest Editorships:

  • 2015 Editor The Company Lawyer.
  • 2015 Editor Journal of Financial Crime.
  • 2015 Editor Focus, Tax Justice Network.​


  • 2015 Global Initiative Network of Experts, Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime.
  • 2015 Standing Group on Organised Crime, European Consortium for Political Research.
  • 2014 Contributing Intelligence Analyst, Open Briefing.​

In paperback​​​

 Banking Secrecy and Offshore Financial Centers: Money laundering and offshore banking.​​

My Publications