Netherlands, Groningen

Illicit Trade

when 3 July 2017 - 8 July 2017
language English
duration 1 week
credits 5 ECTS
fee EUR 500

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.

This unique summer school course pierces this value of secrecy and teaches students about 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. Students will learn how to set up offshore companies and bank accounts, obscure the beneficial ownership of assets, and exploit the loop-holes of dual-use goods legal systems, and identify vulnerabilities in particular institutions, countries, and jurisdictions.

Course leader

Dr. Francesco Giumelli
Dr. Tim Wittig

Target group

This summer school is intended for third year bachelor, master and PhD students, and for practitioners in related fields.

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

Preparatory work: 20 hrs
Contact hours: 30 hrs
Assignments: exam + paper (optional for 5 ECTS equivalent certificate).

Fee info

EUR 500: The fee (€ 500) includes:
•participation in the programme
•city tour and welcoming drinks
•welcome material
EUR 750: The fee (€ 500) includes:
•participation in the programme
•city tour and welcoming drinks
•welcome material