Netherlands, Groningen

Illicit Trade

when 7 July 2019 - 13 July 2019
language English
duration 1 week
credits 1 EC
fee EUR 505

Money laundering. Terrorist finance. Drug trafficking. Arms smuggling. Illicit trafficking of wildlife, human body parts, and ancient historical artifacts. Tax havens. Proliferation of WMDs. Oil bunkering. Human smuggling and the modern day slave trade. Conflict minerals and blood diamonds. These are not just abstract terms, but billion dollar globalized industries that are part of the world’s globally interconnected economy and which overlap with and exacerbate terrorism, war and conflict, corruption, authoritarianism, and other contemporary security threats.
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

1 EC
Upon successful completion of the programme, the Summer School on Illicit Trade offers a Certificate of Attendance that mentions the workload of 140 hours (28 hours corresponds to 1 ECTS). Students can apply for recognition of these credits to the relevant authorities in their home institutions, therefore the final decision on awarding credits is at the discretion of their home institutions. We will be happy to provide any necessary information that might be requested in addition to the certificate of attendance.

Fee info

EUR 505: 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