Sanaa Ahmed, who is in the final year of her PhD at Osgoode Hall Law School, will be working on a project that looks at the politics of money laundering and terrorism financing regulation. Her research interests include global governance projects; corporate criminology; and taxation and judicial politics. She has published articles on these issues in both newspapers and academic journals. Earlier, she worked for 18 years as a political and financial journalist in Pakistan.
At Dalhousie, Ahmed will be looking at how money laundering and terrorism financing regulation constructs and achieves financial sector surveillance in Canada. The project will look at how global capital, state agencies and local political economies collude to effect surveillance using instruments such as money laundering and terrorism financing regulation and show how the regulation allows global regulators and states to amass volumes of data on the private, financial affairs of citizens without disclosing how the data is used. The regulation also strips away many constitutional and procedural safeguards and amplifies the potential for enhanced policing and/or abuse.
Professor Margaret Beare is Ahmed’s PhD supervisor at Osgoode.