Where theory
meets practice

Top litigators in The Academy complement the Basel Institute's work to tackle financial crime. These litigators are creative and eager to explore innovative strategies.
Political Scientist Gretta Fenner
Managing Director of the Basel Institute on Governance
Working alongside the academics at The Academy, we see organic growth, improved litigation and research skills, and are challenged daily to closely examine stimulating issues.
Litigator Keith Oliver
Head of International, Peters & Peters
The Basel Institute encourages prosecution agencies to engage The Academy's litigators to represent them in foreign courts against financial institutions facing money laundering and corruption.
Professor Mark Pieth
Member of the Foundation Board
of the Basel Institute on Governance
We're learning that more regulations mean more regulations to break, leading to more prosecutions and litigation for both poachers and gamekeepers.
Litigator Keith Oliver
Head of International, Peters & Peters

Educate

Offering educational resources for litigators and researchers to help them develop and fine tune their litigation skills.

Connect

Fostering new links between the Academy’s Fellows, the international community of litigation professionals and academics devoted to economic crime issues.

The Fellows of The Academy are pleased to announce the filing of the organization’s first amicus brief. Click here to view and download the full brief.

The International Academy of Financial Crime Litigators emerged from a vision to develop worldwide collaborative solutions that are based on research, collective experiences and best practices in cases of economic crime.

The Academy has united the top public- and private-sector litigation professionals with the renowned Basel Institute on Governance and like-minded academics to form an independent, non-partisan global center of excellence that encourages collaboration and innovation to shape and advance financial-crime litigation practices for the future.
Basel Institute on Governance

Co-Founders Quotes

Stephane Bonifassi

“Considering the growth of the worldwide white-collar criminal practice, we saw a need to bring together hardcore litigators to foster skills and allow court access when the case needs to be decided there.”

— Stéphane Bonifassi

“A foundation for maintaining the rule of law is a strong and independent bar. The Academy ‎will seek to foster our strength and independence through collegiality, nonpartisanship, inclusiveness, internationalism and learning.”

— Lincoln Caylor

Lincoln Caylor
Elizabeth Ortega

“The Academy is about bringing together A-list financial crime litigators and renowned academics to whet curiosity, sharpen techniques and provide the leadership that will mold and enhance the professional landscape.”

— Elizabeth Ortega

Fellows in the news

Monday, January 04, 2021

US lawyer says Assange faces decades in prison if convicted

Eric Lewis served as a defense witness in the Julian Assange proceedings. In an AP article, he explains the U.S. government would likely impose a lengthy prison sentence.

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Saturday, December 26, 2020

How the UAE became a smuggling hub for 'blood gold'

Professor Mark Pieth continues to advocate for transparency and solutions in the fight against dirty gold.

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Sunday, November 29, 2020

Responsible business initiative rejected at the ballot box

In an interview with swissinfo.ch, Professor Mark Pieth explains a trend in courts in the UK and elsewhere to hold subsidiaries of international companies liable for mishandlings.

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