Director and General Counsel
Born in Russian Siberia, Emanuel Zeltser, is a
Board member and General Counsel of the Institute.
Emanuel is a practicing attorney in New York
specializing in complex and international litigations, transnational
financial crimes and money laundering matters.
Emanuel also is a Russian
attorney and expert on Russian law, practices and politics. Mr.
Zeltser served as counsel and advisor to various agencies of the
Russian government and multinational corporations, including the
Academy of Jurisprudence of the Ministry of Justice of the Russian
Federation, the Academy of Justice of the Supreme Court of Russia,
Aeroflot Russian Airlines, and many others.
Emanuel lectured at the
Russian Legal Academy as a visiting professor to the senior Russian
judiciary, professional staff of the Ministry of Justice of Russia
and Office of the Russian Prosecutor General.
In September of 1999,
Emanuel was called upon to provide provide expert testimony for the
Congressional Hearing on the Bank of New York Russian Organized
Crime and Money Laundering Matters. He also, at the request of the
House Committee on Banking and Financial Services, together with
other experts of the Institute, assisted the Committee in analyzing,
evaluating and editing a Bill of the "Foreign Money Laundering
Deterrence and Anticorruption Act." (H.R. 2896.)
At the request of the
Minister of Justice of Russia, Emanuel and other experts of the
Institute participated in the drafting of the new Russian banking
legislation, and portions of the anti-money laundering bill for the
Russian Parliament (Duma).
Emanuel numerously appeared
as legal expert and guest on international TV and radio networks,
including the Voice of America, Radio Liberty/Radio Free Europe, Fox
News Channel, CNN, ABC-TV (Australia), ORTV (Russia), CBC (Canada)
and others, addressing legal and political issues, including
international terrorism, money laundering, and transnational
organized crime. Emanuel
serves as a legal analyst and law
leading English-language web-based news and information
service focusing on developments in Russia, Eastern Europe, the
Caucasus and Central Asia.
Emanuel served as State
Advisor of the United States Congressional Advisory Board, and also
served on the advisory boards of other international
non-governmental organizations, including the Shimon Perez Peace
A. Sakharov Universite Libre Russe.
Emanuel helped expose and
shut down corrupt Russian bank Inkombank, controlled by Semyon
Mogilevich, one of the world's most powerful mafia dons, who appears
on the FBI 10 most wanted list.
(together with the Ministry of Justice of Russia, University of
Pittsburgh Law School and other Institute's experts) Trade and
Commercial Laws of the Russian Federation. Official Codification and
Commentaries (© 1993-1995 Oceana Publications, Inc. ISBN
0379-101831). The "Official Codification" became the first official
English language reference source on new Russian laws, relied upon
by the US Courts, British Courts and international public
Together with other experts
of the Institute Emanuel co-authored multiple articles and essays on
the subject of Russian and international law, Russian organized
crime and transnational financial crimes.
Emanuel's name was entered
in the official presidential papers of Ronald Reagan "in
recognition of outstanding support of the [Presidential] Task Force."
Emanuel received an award
from the United States Congressional Advisory Board "in grateful
recognition of the outstanding services as State Advisor"
(signed by Sen. Paul Laxalt, Sen. Dennis DeConcini, Rep. Jack Kemp
and Rep. Bill Schappell.)
At the behest of President
Ronald Reagan, an American flag was dedicated in the Rotunda of the
United States Capitol "for Mr. Emanuel E. Zeltser."
Emanuel is a recipient of
the coveted Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws of Russia
"in recognition of exemplary scholarship and supreme contribution
towards world justice and democracy."
In the US Emanuel is admitted to practice before
the Supreme Court of the State of New York and Federal Courts of the
Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.