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

Sunday, April 05, 2020

Refineries Have Become 'Gatekeepers' of the Gold Supply Chain

In a webinar for LBMA's virtual "Technology and Responsible Sourcing Summit," Dr. Mark Pieth explains how gold refineries have become the gatekeepers of the global supply chain of the gold market. 

Thursday, April 02, 2020

Impact of COVID-19 on Swiss Criminal Proceedings

Despite Switzerland's Criminal Procedure Code, there is no court recess in criminal proceedings, but Saverio Lembo takes a look at how COVID-19 has still changed the course in many instances, reacting to the global health threat. 

Thursday, April 02, 2020

How One Communications Strategist Advises How to Cope With a Pandemic

Faced with a global pandemic that necessitates social distancing, Elizabeth Ortega reveals to "Law360" how she's advising clients to use communications strategies to manage through these challenging times.