Dr Mary Young

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  • Qualifications:LL.B (Aberystwyth), LL.M (Aberystwyth), PhD (Aberystwyth), PGCTHE FHEA (UWE)
  • Position:Senior Lecturer and Researcher of Transnational Organized Crime and Financial Crime in Offshore Financial Centres
  • Department:Faculty of Business and Law (FBL) FBL - Law
  • Telephone:+44 (0)117 32 87807
  • Email:Mary.Young@uwe.ac.uk

About me

Leading expert criminal use of secrecy jurisdictions & transnational organized crime. ​

Senior Adviser, Tax Justice Network.

SOLON Co-Director, ​Promoting Interdisciplinary​ Studies in Law, Crime & ​History.​​

Convener, Cambridge Think Tank on Organized Crime (Jesus College)​

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 has been a Visiting 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 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 selected works and projects Mary is/has been involved with.

Dr Young can 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

Work in Progress, Monograph with Elgar Publishing: 'Creating Risk Offshore: The Role of Financial Secrecy Laws in Driving Financial Crime'. 

Selected Conferences:

  • 2017, Session Discussant, Amnesty International Closed Informal Expert Meeting on Shell Companies and Illicit Weapons Trafficking​.

  • 2017 Convener & Chair (with Dr Woodiwiss), Organized Crime, Socio Legal Studies Association, ​​Newcastle University.

  • 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, London​.

  • 2015 ECPR Standing Group on Organised Crime, The University of Naples Federico II.

  • ​​2009 FATF/Interpol Money Laundering Typologies, Cayman Islands. ​

  • 2007-2017 Cambridge International Symposium on Economic Crime, Jesus College, Cambridge University.

 Selected Funding and Placements:

  • 2017 With Dr Michael Woodiwiss, UWE ACE collaborative research fund, £10400.

  • 2016/2017 SLSA Mentoring Grant recipient, £800.

  • 2014/15 UWE SPUR 6 award holder, £12000.

  • ​2012 Aberystwyth University internal funding for Research Fellowship post, £6000.

  • ​2009 Research, Attorney General's Chambers, Cayman Islands.

  • ​2009 Foreign and Commonwealth Office funded placement in SE Asia.​

Guest Editorships:

  • 2015 Editor The Company Lawyer.

  • 2015 Editor Journal of Financial Crime.

  • 2015 Editor Focus, Tax Justice Network.​


  • ​​Expert, Global Initiative Network of Experts, Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime

  • Member of the Standing Group on Organised Crime, European Consortium for Political Research.

  • Visiting Research Fellow, Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, Cambridge University.

  • Stream Convener and Chair (2014-present), Socio-Legal Studies Association.

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

  • (2013-15) Contributing Intelligence Analyst, Open Briefing.​

In Paperback​​​

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


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