Groningen, Netherlands

Illicit Trade

online course
when 25 January 2021 - 29 January 2021
language English
duration 1 week
credits 3 EC
fee EUR 400

The Illicit Trade Winter School course pierces the veil of secrecy around issues related to the dark side of globalization 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.

This exciting winter 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 winter school includes academic and practical learning about illicit finance, trafficking, and trade, and expert examination into strategies and practices about how to combat illicit trade.

The Winter School on Illicit Trade is planned to offer students and practitioners an intercultural experience in this challenging time. We devised the structure of the classes in a way that anyone with internet access can join regardless of the time zone. The lectures and seminars will take place from 3-7 pm CET. This is to create a 12-hours cycle during which students and practitioners can attend the classes, plan their workload to a time that is most suitable, and interact with other students to complete the assignments. We welcome and encourage students that live outside of Europe to apply and take advantage of our global Winter School on illicit trade, unique in its genre.

Course leader

Dr. Francesco Giumelli
Dr. Tim Wittig
Dr. Pim Geelhoud

Target group

The winter school is designed for undergraduate students in their final year (BA), graduate students (MA), PhD students as well as professionals who are interested in learning more about illicit trade.

Course aim

After this course you will be able to:

Display knowledge about Illicit Trade.
Evaluate research in a critical and substantiated manner, as well as in a way that respects scientific, social and ethical responsibilities.
The ability to present conducted research and express yourself in a clear and coherent manner, both in oral and in written/typed form, using understandable and correct English.
Become self-reliant and reliable in the execution of the tasks belonging to this course unit.

Credits info

3 EC
Students who wish to fulfil the equivalent work of 3 ECTS will need to deliver a written assignment within one month after the end of the Winter School.

Upon successful completion of the programme, the Winter School offers a Certificate of Attendance that mentions the workload of 84 hours / 3 ECTS (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 400: University of Groningen students and staff
EUR 450: Other participants

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