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


Offering continuing education for litigators and researchers.


Promoting collegiality among the Academy's fellows and the worldwide community of litigation professionals and academics who are devoted to economic crime issues.

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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, June 01, 2020

Corporate Liability to be Addressed by Swiss Parliament

Mark Pieth, in an interview with the "Financial Times," explains how compromise in Switzerland's ongoing debate surrounding corporate liability is prudent to protect Swiss companies from far-reaching ethical regulations, which may be decided by a popular referendum. 

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Crime Victims' Rights Act Challenged by Epstein Case

Writing for the "New York Law Journal," Jonathan Sack and his co-author evaluate the ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit that held that federal prosecutors did not have an obligation under the Crime Victims’ Rights Act to tell Jeffrey Epstein’s victims of the decision not to prosecute him for sex trafficking. 

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Employment Agreements Under (Dis)Stress

In his recent article in the "New York Law Journal," Jonathan Sack and his co-author look at employment contracts and how a change in compensation resulting from the coronavirus pandemic may trigger the employee's rights to severance, vesting of equity or options, and other benefits, and may impose added obligations on employers.