Online Summer School “Current developments on financial crime, corruption and money laundering: European and international perspectives”, 5-10, July 2021
The Research Institute for Transparency, Corruption and Financial Crime, Faculty of Law-Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (https://websites.auth.gr/anticorruptionlab/), through the Center for Education and Lifelong Learning of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, hosted an intensive 6-day summer school on current developments in the fields of financial crime, corruption and money laundering at a national, European and international level, for participants who wish to advance their knowledge in the area.
The 6-day intensive online courses focused on ongoing developments of key issues in combating international fraud, corruption and money laundering, international and European anti-fraud mechanisms and procedures, etc.
Current developments discusseded included, inter alia, the directive on fraud against the EU financial interests, the Regulation on the European Public Prosecutor’s Office, the Criminal Law Anti-Money Laundering Directive, sanctions by the World Bank & other IFIs, offshore companies, cybermoney, corruption, asset recovery and confiscation, the developments towards an E-Evidence Regulation, tax crime etc.
The summer school’s sessions opened on Monday 5 July 2021. The participants were welcomed by the Institute’s Director, Prof. M. Kaiafa-Gbandi, as well as the Vice Rector for Research and Education Rector of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Ass. Prof. Ef. Stylianidis. Distinguished Professors from different European Universities and post-doctoral researchers from the Faculty of Law of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki taught at the summer school’s courses until 10 July 2021.
More specifically, lectures were given by the following Professors (in the order of their appearance in the programme):
- Prof. Maria Kaiafa-Gbandi, Aristotle University Thessaloniki, Greece
- Prof. Helmut Satzger, LMU University Munich, Germany
- Prof. Frank Meyer, University of Zurich, Switzerland
- Prof. Thomas Elholm, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
- El Cid Butuyan, Former Head of Integrity Case Development, World Bank; Former Lecturer-on-Law,Harvard Law School
- Lecturer Konstantinos Chatzikostas, Aristotle University Thessaloniki, Greece
- Dr. jur. Yiannis Naziris, Aristotle University Thessaloniki, Greece
- Prof. Anastasios Valtoudis, Aristotle University Thessaloniki, Greece
- Prof. Eric Hilgendorf, University of Würzburg, Germany
- Ass. Prof. Pedro Caeiro, University of Coimbra, Portugal
- Dr. jur. Nikos Chatzinikolaou,Aristotle University Thessaloniki, Greece
- Ass. Prof. Theodoros Papakyriakou, Aristotle University Thessaloniki, Greece
- Assist. Prof. Athina Sachoulidou, NOVA School of Law, Lisbon
- Assist. Prof. Katerina Savvaidou, Aristotle University Thessaloniki, Greece
- Dr. jur. Athina Giannakoula, Aristotle University Thessaloniki, Greece
- Assist. Prof. Vagia Polyzoidou, Univ. of Nicosia
- Prof. Valsamis Mitsilegas, Queen Mary University of London, UK
- Dr. Peter Csonka, Head of Unit (Criminal Law) at European Commission DG Justice
Eighty one participants (students, researchers, lawyers, and other professionals) from whom thirty-seven from all over the world [Australia, Austria (3), Belgium (2), Cyprus (3), Germany (4), Italy (2), Lithuania, Netherlands (3), Romania, Senegal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland (9), Turkey, (3), UK (2)] attended the summer school’s courses, which were taught with the help of a synchronous video conferencing system (via ZOOM) in English.
Extended materials of the lectures were electronically distributed to the participants before the beginning of the sessions and at the end of every daily course. Intriguing discussions between the participants and the speakers took place throughout the classes, signifying the summer school’s well-aimed subject and high-level works. During the final day of the summer school, Saturday 10 July 2021 a written examination took place. Upon completion of the online seminar, participants who took part at the written examination, were awarded a Certificate of participation with ECTS credits. To those who didn’t participate at the examination a certificate of attendance was awarded.