Emeritus Professor
University of Basel

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Thursday, May 12, 2022

Swiss Freeze of Russian Assets Stands at $6.3 Billion

Mark Pieth condemns the Swiss government’s lack of action when it comes to Russian Sanctions.

Thursday, January 13, 2022

Tarnished Gold: Illegal Amazon Gold Seeps into Supply Chains

When it comes to gold laundering, “there is no real traceability as long as the industry relies on self-regulation,” explains Mark Pieth.


Blogs of Interest

The Academy
Blogs, short articles and series by Fellows of the International Academy of Financial Crime Litigators.

The official blog of the "International Enforcement Law Reporter," edited by Bruce Zagaris.

Monday, October 04, 2021

Pandora Papers Throw Suspicion on Swiss Financial Advisers

Mark Pieth pushes for meaningful regulation as he discusses the Pandora Papers via SWI.

Saturday, June 19, 2021

Problematic Abandonment of Ships and Crews

Mark Pieth shared his views on the problematic abandonment of ships and crews which amounts to a significant violation of human rights. 

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Dutch T.V. Program, “Value of the Earth” Interview Covers Illegal Mining of Gold in Dubai

Mark Pieth was interviewed by Dutch journalist, Twan Huys, to provide commentary on the possibility Switzerland’s illegal mining of gold in Dubai, reflecting on the history of illegal gold mining and ramifications.

Monday, March 29, 2021

Swiss banker to Venezuelan kleptocrats becomes star witness

Associated Press interviews Professor Mark Pieth about what can be learned from the Julius Baer Venezuelan money laundering scandal.

Friday, March 19, 2021

The shadowy world of Swiss banking

Professor Mark Pieth explained the difficulty Switzerland faces as it looks to repair its money laundering perception.

Tuesday, March 02, 2021

Maritime Shipping Doesn't Care Much About Climate Targets

Professor Mark Pieth co-authored a German article on the importance of assisting the shipping industry to do more to contribute to global climate goals.

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Switzerland's Irresponsible Reign on the Sea

Professor Mark Pieth explains why Switzerland needs to address and increase regulation for international shipping companies based in the country and stop them from “flying under the regulatory radar.”

Sunday, January 17, 2021

Why Swiss Gold Refineries are a Hot Topic

In a recent article on gold laundering, Professor Mark Pieth shares his skepticism on new guidelines for gold mining and why they may not be effective. 

Saturday, December 26, 2020

How the UAE became a smuggling hub for 'blood gold'

Professor Mark Pieth continues to advocate for transparency and solutions in the fight against dirty gold.

Saturday, December 19, 2020

Giant ships consciously risk the accident

Professor Mark Pieth explains why accidents on container ships are increasing and how new regulations can help minimize these risks.

Sunday, November 29, 2020

Responsible business initiative rejected at the ballot box

In an interview with, Professor Mark Pieth explains a trend in courts in the UK and elsewhere to hold subsidiaries of international companies liable for mishandlings.

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Pieth speaks with telebasel about Responsible Business Initiative

For the Swiss German speakers, Mark Pieth spoke with telebasel about the Responsible Business Initiative. 

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Gold laundering guide in Spanish and French

Mark Pieth’s quick guide to gold laundering, which delves into human rights and environmental harms in gold supply chains, is now available in Spanish and French.

Tuesday, September 08, 2020

Basel Gold Day - 9 October

Mark Pieth is leading a virtual conference on 9 October on how to ensure that gold supply chains are free of human rights and environmental harms. Registration is free.

Monday, August 03, 2020

Gold in secret vault is traced to Hugo Chávez’s former nurse

In an interview with the AP, Mark Pieth discusses a Swiss bank’s role in the unexplained wealth investigation involving Hugo Chavez’s former nurse.

Friday, July 24, 2020

Swiss Attorney General Offers to Quit After Court Rebuke Over FIFA Meeting by Reuters

Professor Pieth shares his concerns about the length of time it took for Swiss Attorney General Michael Lauber to step down.

Monday, July 06, 2020

Professor Mark Pieth retires from the University of Basel

The Basel criminal law and criminology professor Mark Pieth is considered the corruption hunter in Switzerland. Now he is retiring - but he wants to continue his fight against corruption. Click below to access a bit on Mark Pieth’s retirement from the University of Basel where he talks corruption, family and kayaking.

Monday, June 22, 2020

The Return of the Gold Rush

Recently, Mark Pieth was interviewed by "La Vanguardia" about how people are treating the purchase of gold as a sound investment. 

Monday, June 01, 2020

Corporate Liability to be Addressed by Swiss Parliament

Mark Pieth, in an interview with the "Financial Times," explains how compromise in Switzerland's ongoing debate surrounding corporate liability is prudent to protect Swiss companies from far-reaching ethical regulations, which may be decided by a popular referendum. 

Sunday, April 05, 2020

Refineries Have Become 'Gatekeepers' of the Gold Supply Chain

In a webinar for LBMA's virtual "Technology and Responsible Sourcing Summit," Dr. Mark Pieth explains how gold refineries have become the gatekeepers of the global supply chain of the gold market. 

Friday, March 27, 2020

Similarities Between Gold and Toilet Paper Examined

Blogger Andy Robinson, from the Spanish newspaper "La Vangardia," mentions Professor Mark Pieth's book "Gold Laundering, the Dirty Secrets of the Gold Trade" in his explanation about why the value of gold, like toilet paper, is exploding thanks to the psychology associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Monday, March 02, 2020

Gold Laundering Explained

Professor Mark Pieth reveals the process of gold refining and how it has become a conduit for laundering, corruption and crime, but awareness is helping to clean up the industry and find the "dirty" actors. 

Friday, January 10, 2020

Mourre Commends Toolkit for Handling Corruption and Money Laundering

The workshop Legal Consequences of Corruption and Money Laundering in International Arbitration, hosted by the Basel Institute and Mark Pieth, featured the president of the ICC International Court of Arbitration Alexis Mourre, who spoke about the value of the toolkit  that guides parties and arbitrators dealing with matters of corruption and money laundering. 


Friday, January 03, 2020

How to Improve Gold's Tarnished Image

In this podcast with Altamar, Professor Mark Pieth sheds light on how miners, bankers, traffickers and enablers are harming the gold industry and offers solutions to cleaning up the supply chain and making it more transparent.

Monday, October 07, 2019

The Weakness of Gold Trade Compliance Standards

Professor Mark Pieth explains, in his commentary published by "Global Investigations Review," how inadequate compliance standards within gold trading is impacting the industry and miners overall. 

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Can Swiss Refineries Get Ahead of Counterfeiters?

Mark Pieth provides insight into the gold industry and gold laundering for this Spanish version of an SWI article about how refineries are winning at staying ahead of counterfeiters. 

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Boycotting Small Mines Won't Solve 'Dirty Gold'

Following his research into "dirty gold," Mark Pieth takes a stance in Swiss Info that punishing artisanal gold miners is not the answer to solving abysmal working conditions, environmental impacts and widespread corruption at small-scale mines. 

Thursday, June 06, 2019

'Gold Laundering' to be Released in June

Mark Pieth's latest book, "Gold Laundering  The Dirty Secrets of the Gold Trade and How to Clean Up," which will be released in German on June 17 and in English on June 28, examines how the global gold market works, its role in economic and political history and its relation to human rights violations, environmental destruction, corruption and other major problems.

Thursday, May 30, 2019

A Toolkit for Arbitrators

Mark Pieth, along with his colleagues at the Basel Institute, have published "Corruption and Money Laundering in International Arbitration, A Toolkit for Arbitrators" to help arbitrators navigate the often treacherous waters of corruption and financial crimes. Stéphane Bonifassi contributed to the toolkit.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Cleaning Up ‘Dirty Gold’

Appearing in a videotaped interview with SRF news, Mark Pieth, who is writing a book about “dirty gold,” reveals the deplorable conditions he saw when visiting “La Rinconada” gold mine in Peru. And now Swiss gold refinery Metalor has confirmed it purchased gold from the embattled mine.  

Saturday, March 09, 2019

‘Money’s Corrupting Influence’ on Governments’ Application of International Law

In his commentary for SWI, Mark Pieth looks at Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s influence on his Minister of Justice to strike a deal with engineering company SNC-Lavalin instead of taking it to court over bribery allegations, stemming from dealings with Libya. Pieth compares this to Tony Blair’s similar action in the UK with British Aerospace’s alleged bribery of Saudi Arabia’s government officials.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

The UN’s Responsibility to Curb Corruption

Mark Pieth and Gretta Fenner share with “The FCPA Blog” how states that fail to effectively prevent and punish corruption are in direct violation of their obligations under international human rights treaties.