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

Expert: Financial secrecy jurisdictions & transnational organized crime.

Founder, Independent Organized Crime Research Network for Law Enforcement Officers and Academics (The Network)​​

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 at the UNODC Field Office in Laos (2009) where Mary analysed the compliance of national organized crime policy with a focus on financial crime, she signed with Routledge (2011) to publish her thesis in advance of her PhD award from Aberystwyth University's Law School (2012). The work focused on the criminal use of financial secrecy jurisdictions and the tricky relationship between confidentiality and confiscation laws in the Cayman Islands. Mary was subsequently made a Research Fellow after being awarded internal funding (2012) to investigate organized crime in Jamaica. Mary sidestepped to Aberystwyth's School of Management and Business (2013) to deliver lectures in banking and finance. 

Returning to her native South West (2013), Mary is a Senior Lecturer and active researcher who leads two research fed modules in her specialist area (Financial Crime UJUUKY-15-3, and International Banking and Finance UJGUPF-15-M), and is supervising postgraduate dissertations and PhDs in her area of expertise.

Mary was a Visiting Fellow at the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, Cambridge University (2015 & 2017), and has strong links with Jesus College, Cambridge, under the mentorship of Professor Barry Rider.

Dr Young's two articles for the Journal of Money Laundering Control, have been downloaded (full text) in excess of 3000 times (May 2018​​) and she has travelled widely to conduct research​, including to the Cayman Islands, Jamaica, Laos, Belgium, Holland, Italy, Iceland and Austria.

Mary's research partner is Dr Michael Woodiwiss (History, UWE). Their interdisciplinary collaborations concern the efficacy of Western organized crime control policies implemented in small island developing states and they have published articles, blogs and produced written evidence on the topic. Their blogs for the 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, and was further diagnosed with catamenial epilepsy after having her children. She is proud to be the UWE Epilepsy Champion. UWE is formally recognised as a university which supports students with this condition and has been awarded the Epilepsy Friendly mark. Mary is happy to be contacted directly by students with epilepsy for informal chats.

This web page documents selected works and projects Mary is/has been involved with.

Dr Young can be contacted directly by email mary.young@uwe.ac.uk or skype: drmaryaliceyoung​

Area of expertise

Media 2014-2018:

The New York Times; Talk Media, New York; Bristol Cable; BBC's Newsnight & Newsday; BBC Radio Wiltshire; Latin Lawyer; Deutsche Welle; Financial Times; Dods Parliamentary Communications.


2018 Panel Discussant, 'Towards tax justice: challenging global tax avoidance' RebLaw, University of Law, London; Session Discussant, Open Society Justice Initiative & Tax Justice Network, Closed Meeting on Strategic Litigation to Combat Tax Havens; Founder and Chair UWE's First Interdisciplinary Symposium on Organized Crime; Stream Convener & Chair, 'Organized Crime', Socio Legal Studies Association; Convener, Organized Crime Think Tank, and Panel Host 'Organized Crime Beyond the Mafia Model', Cambridge International Symposium on Economic Crime, Jesus College.

2017 Session Discussant, Amnesty International Closed Informal Expert Meeting on Shell Companies and Illicit Weapons Trafficking; Visiting Research Fellow, Lauterpacht Centre International Law, Cambridge University.

2016 Observer Status, 8th Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime, Vienna; Tax Justice Network, City University, London.

2015 ECPR Standing Group on Organised Crime, University of Naples Federico II; Visiting Research Fellow, Lauterpacht Centre International Law, Cambridge University.

2009 FATF/Interpol Money Laundering Typologies, Cayman Islands.


2017 UWE ACE collaborative research fund, £10400.

2016 SLSA Mentoring Grant, £800.

2014 UWE SPUR 6 award, £12000.

2012 Aberystwyth University, Research Fellowship, £6000.

2009 AG's Chambers, Cayman Islands.

2009 FCO funded placement, SE Asia.

Guest Editorships:

2015 The Company Lawyer.

2015 Journal of Financial Crime.

2015 Focus, Tax Justice Network.​


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

Dr Young and Dr Woodiwiss Push the Frontiers of Interdisciplinary Research at UWE.

​​Dr Mary Young helps uncover tax avoiders behind Easton housing development

The U.K. post-general election: strong, stable and still kind to criminals

US Talk Media Radio: The social costs of offshore finance​


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