Five years ago, then working as a paralegal, I started a Dutch news website in the area of white collar crime. Soon the idea followed to organise courses for legal professionals. Fast forward to 2017, I organize 50 events each year amongst which several in depth and refresher courses, inhouse trainings, conferences and a specialist accreditation program on bankruptcy fraud.
Efforts to prosecute and punish business crimes are increasingly shifting onto an international or — as in Europe — supranational level. These developments give rise to activities in which participants not only gain knowledge but also exchange information with one another with regard to this global dimension of white collar crime. Hence, I thought it was time for an international white collar crime academy.
Areas that are addressed in our courses and conferences are, amongst others, anti-bribery and corruption, money laundering and confiscating proceeds of crime, environmental offences, market abuse and insider dealing, cybercrime and cybersecurity, corporate human rights and social responsibility and international economic sanctions.
White Collar Academy’s courses aim to promote a deeper understanding of the intricacies of white collar crime. They are designed to equip participants with knowledge and hands-on skills with regard to the prevention and prosecution of white collar crime but also defense in white collar crime cases.
Courses, provided by expert professionals, are of high level and provide practicalities to be applied in daily practice with ample opportunity for dialogue and networking.
Our approach is inter-disciplinary in ensuring that every thematic aspect, academic and practical, is taken into account; inter-sectoral in linking practitioners with researchers, the public sector with the private sector, academics with civil society; integrative, in providing knowledge and hands-on tools applicable to different parts of the world; and sustainable, in offering lasting solutions.
These are offered at regular intervals and open for enrollment to professionals, each catering to a specific target group.
White Collar Academy delivers courses to individuals, companies, employees of government authorities and international organizations with a specific interest in white collar crime:
- National civil servants
- Staff of EU institutions
- Tax lawyers
- Legal advisors
- Forensic Accountants
- Certified Fraud Examiners
- Inhouse counsel
- General Counsel
- Compliance officers
- Law enforcement officers
- Qualified non–legal professionals (including company directors, financial and insurance sectors, accounting bodies, regulatory bodies)