Netherlands, Groningen

Illicit Trade

when 9 July 2018 - 14 July 2018
language English
duration 1 week
fee EUR 500

This unique summer school course pierces the vale of secrecy around these issues and teaches students about illicit financing and trading; not only through theory and book study, but by learning the actual practices and techniques criminals, terrorists, and dictators use to obscure their profits and evade accountability for their actions, and the corresponding techniques to counter them.

Now in its second year, this exciting course is the first of its kind in teaching illicit trade in a holistic and practically useful way. Students will learn how to set up offshore companies and bank accounts, obscure the beneficial ownership of assets, exploit the loop-holes of dual-use goods legal systems, and identify vulnerabilities in particular institutions, countries, and jurisdictions. The summer school includes academic and practical learning about illicit finance, trafficking, and trade, field visits to practitioners involved in countering these threats, and expert examination into strategies and practices about how to combat illicit trade.

Course leader

Dr. Francesco Giumelli
Dr. Tim Wittig

Target group

This summer school is intended for Masters, PhD, Third year BA students and above and Practitioners.

Course aim

Taught by a team of expert scholars and practitioners, the course will use this knowledge of how illegal activities actually work to develop and improve mechanisms to track and counter this criminal behavior. This course is the first of its kind in teaching circumventing techniques, and based on similar "ethical hacking" courses used to teach and improve information technology security. The summer school will start with a more general part on international regimes of illegal financing and illicit trading and it will end with specific courses on compliance practices and case studies.

Credits info

After successful completion, participants receive an official certificate.

Fee info

EUR 500: The fee (€ 500) includes:
•participation in the programme
•city tour and welcoming drinks
•welcome material
NOT included: housing
EUR 750: The fee (€ 750) includes:
•participation in the programme
•city tour and welcoming drinks
•welcome material

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