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.
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.
Blogs of Interest
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.
The shadowy world of Swiss banking
Professor Mark Pieth explained the difficulty Switzerland faces as it looks to repair its money laundering perception.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
Responsible business initiative rejected at the ballot box
In an interview with swissinfo.ch, Professor Mark Pieth explains a trend in courts in the UK and elsewhere to hold subsidiaries of international companies liable for mishandlings.
Pieth speaks with telebasel about Responsible Business Initiative
For the Swiss German speakers, Mark Pieth spoke with telebasel about the Responsible Business Initiative.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
'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.
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.
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.
‘Money’s Corrupting Influence’ on Governments’ Application of International Law
In his commentary for SWI swissinfo.ch, 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.
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.