CCSI, in collaboration with Dr. Nikos Passas, Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Northeastern University, offers a comprehensive legal and regulatory review to support any UN Member State interested in enhancing its sanctions implementation capacities. The review assesses possible legal or regulatory loopholes that may have been exploited by sanctions violators, or led to “close encounters” with possible violations. The review also includes in-country consultations with all stakeholders in order to fully incorporate local views, priorities and preferences as well as accommodate legal traditions and law enforcement practices.


Nikos Passas is Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Northeastern University, and co-Director of the Institute for Security and Public Policy.

He specializes in the study of corruption, illicit financial/trade flows, sanctions, informal fund transfers, remittances, terrorism, white-collar crime, financial regulation, organized crime and international crimes. He has published more than 200 articles, book chapters, reports and books in 13 languages. His next books are entitled ‘Trade-Based Financial Crime and Illicit Flows’ and ‘Corruption and Crisis in Greece’.

Nikos Passas is also the principal author of important legislative guides to international conventions. Go here for multi-language versions of the:

Legislative Guide for the UNOTC – United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and the Protocols thereto

Legislative Guide for UNCAC – Legislative Guide for the Implementation of the United Nations Convention against Corruption

For further readings on Professor Passas’ work, please review:

“Trading with the Enemy: Trade-Based Money Laundering is the Growth Industry in Terror Finance”

Testimony to the US House Financial Services Committee, Task Force to Investigate Terrorism Financing.

On behalf of the European Commission – the Final Report on the Prevention of CBRN illicit trafficking and deceptive financial practices

For U4 funded by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, FPS Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation/ BTC (Belgium), Danida (Denmark), DFID (UK), GIZ (Germany), Norad (Norway), Sida (Sweden) and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland the study: Financial intermediaries – Anti-money laundering allies in cash-based societies?