The Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) is one of the organisations that claims that all lawyers are ‘enablers’ of crime. The Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE) in it’s July July newsletter wrote it was invited to a meeting with the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Task Force on Tax Crimes and Other Crimes. CCBE said:
During a session entitled “The role of professional associations in fighting professional enablers”, the CCBE had the opportunity to present what professional associations do in the field of prevention, and any work and measures put in place that aim to tackle crime by professionals. The meeting was also an opportunity to engage in a constructive exchange with the OECD.
It looks as if discussion only covered crimes ‘by’ professionals, whereas nowadays the impossible is expected from entrepreneurs (such as lawyers) to prevent crime. Hopefully, a proper distinction will be made between the deliberate involvement and the insufficient investigation to prevent unconscious involvement.