Professor Louis de Koker joins La Trobe Law School

Professor Louis de Koker has recently joined La Trobe Law School as a Professor of Law. His research in the past few years has focused on managing the relationship between financial inclusion and anti-money laundering and counter terrorist financing objectives, especially in relation to customer data.

Since 2014 Louis has been leading the Law and Policy program of the Data to Decisions Cooperative Research Centre. The Centre is developing data technology to support national security and law enforcement in Australia. The Law and Policy program, a collaborative program between La Trobe Law School, UNSW Law and Deakin Law School, investigates policy and regulatory options to protect fundamental rights and ensure national security in a context where data technology is changing the paradigm.

Louis is the author of the South African Money Laundering and Terror Financing Law (published by Butterworths LexisNexis) and a co-author of a number of corporate law books. He is a member of the Editorial Advisory Committees of the Journal of Money Laundering Control and The Company Lawyer. He is also a South African editor of the international Journal of Financial Crime and a specialist editor on financial crime of Amicus Curiae, the journal of the Society for Advanced Legal Studies of the University of London.

His financial crime research focuses on managing the relationship between financial inclusion and anti-money laundering and counter terrorist financing objectives. He has undertaken various university research engagements with the bodies such as the World Bank and AusAID and has worked closely with the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP) and with the Financial Integrity Working Group of the Alliance for Financial Inclusion (AFI). This work extended to a range of developing countries including Ghana, Indonesia, Kenya, Malaysia, Namibia, Nigeria, Uganda, the Ukraine and Palau. His publications have been cited in publications and research papers of international bodies such as the World Bank, the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision, the International Labour Organisation, the G20’s Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion and the World Economic Forum. He was invited to serve on the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) project group to draft its financial inclusion guidance in 2011 and to revise it in 2013.

In 2004 he was awarded a Commonwealth Academic Staff Fellowship to undertake research on money laundering control in the UK. In 2004-2005 he was a visiting fellow at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies of the University of London. In 2012 he was a visiting scholar at the School of Law of George Washington University, Washington, DC. Louis has also held visiting positions at the Levin College of Law of the University of Florida and, from 2009-2013, at the University of Johannesburg. Louis is an attorney of the High Court of South Africa.

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