FinCrime Leaders’ Roundtable: Can public/private partnership approaches to fighting financial crime scale-up in Europe?

Date: October 26, 2018

Time: 09:15-11:30

Location: The Hague

Esmé Bosma participated at the Roundtable ‘Can public/private partnership approaches to fighting financial crime scale-up in Europe?’  organised by the Future of Financial Intelligence Sharing (FFIS) international research programme/The Royal United Services Institute (RUSI). “The FFIS programme delivers a range of workshops to inform the establishment of public-private financial information-sharing partnerships in key jurisdictions and major financial centres. The workshops convene key policy, law enforcement, regulator, finance and professional sector leaders and research/NGO experts at the national and international level” (website FFIS).

“This roundtable is part of a series of FFIS events convened in jurisdictions that have developed public/private partnership and intelligence-led responsive reporting as part of their AML/CFT system. These roundtables aim to explore the desirability, opportunities and barriers to increase the scale of outputs from public/private financial information-sharing”.

High Level Panel: The Use of International Terrorist Watch Lists

Date: August 31, 2018

Time: 15:30-17:30

Location: The International Centre for Counter-Terrorism (ICCT), The Hague

Prof. Marieke de Goede participated in a high level panel on “The Use of International Terrorist Watch Lists”. “This High Level Panel organised by the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague (ICCT) brings together four experts to discuss the practical and human rights implications of the requirements contained in these resolutions, as well as known cases related to international criminal justice cooperation, watch lists, and the collection and sharing of information”.

Workshop Translating STS to Security Sites

Start date: June 25, 2018

End date: June 26, 2018

Time: 09:30-19:00

Location: Haarlem Central Library

We are delighted to announce our two-day workshop on Translating STS to Security Sites. During the workshop we will discuss how we can redefine and rethink the conceptual terminologies of STS to make them attuned to researching controversies in de-bounded, secretive, and profoundly political security sites. The first day of the workshop (25 June) is open for colleagues and others who are interested to engage in this discussion with us and other scholars who have been engaged in developing and deploying new approaches to thinking about security politics. We are happy to welcome among others, Nisha Shah (University of Ottawa), William Walters (Carleton University), Anna Leander (Copenhagen Business School), Louise Amoore (Durham University).  The full program can be found here.

Translating STS to Security Sites is organized by Tasniem Anwar, Dr. Rocco Bellanova and Prof. Marieke de Goede

ACAMS 15th Annual AML & Anti-Financial Crime Conference – Europe

Start date: May 30, 2018

End date: June 1, 2018

Location: RAI, Amsterdam

Prof. Marieke de Goede presented in the panel on Thursday May 31 in the panel on ‘The Ever-Changing Spectre of Sanctions Risks’ to speak about the application of terrorism-related sanctions by EU and US regulatory bodies and their role in restricting the activities of returning foreign fighters. Esmé Bosma took part in two pre-conference workshops on “Executing an Effective Internal AFC [anti-financial crime] Investigation” and on “The Basics of AML [anti-money laundering] Analytics” and attended the conference. See for a detailed programme the link ‘more info’.

Flying Money Conference – Investigating illicit financial flows in the city

Start date: May 22, 2018

End date: May 23, 2018

Location: De Rode Hoed, Amsterdam

FOLLOW team member attended the ‘Flying Money Conference, Investigating illicit financial flows in the city’ co-organised by the Institute of Network Cultures with the city of Amsterdam.

“This European conference had a unique nature and scope. It brought people together from a wide range of backgrounds –  civil servants, scientists, engineers, journalists,  artists, bankers and entrepreneurs – to discuss topics related to the future of digital money, and illicit financial flows in particular. To address these themes more than 40 speakers were invited, including Bill Browder, Eric Smit, Francesca Bria, Bastian Obermayer, Klaas Knot, Misha Glenny, Joris Luyendijk, Saskia Sassen and Galia Benartzi” (see for more information the link to the programme).

Competition Workshop “FinTech and Competition in the Financial Sector”

Date: February 28, 2018

Time: 12:45-16:30

Location: Centraal Planbureau (CPB), The Hague

Esmé Bosma took part in the Competition Workshop on “FinTech and Competition in the Financial Sector” organised by CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis, the Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM), Tilburg Law and Economics Center (TILEC), Ministry of Economic Affairs and Amsterdam Center for Law & Economics (ACLE).

The goal was to discuss how “FinTech may change the financial sector, to what extent FinTech challengers are able to compete with incumbents, and how policymakers should respond”. “New “FinTech” firms offer novel digital financial services and start to compete with the traditional banks – who are heavily investing in information technology themselves. Policymakers are adjusting to these developments, as illustrated by the new Payments Services Directive and the “Innovation Hub” of the Dutch financial supervisors” (see for more information the link to the programme).

International Stakeholder Dialogue: Ensuring Financial Services for Non-Profit Organizations

Date: February 15, 2018

Location: Nutshuis, Den Haag

FOLLOW team members participated at the International Stakeholder Dialogue, organized by the Dutch Ministry of Finance, the World Bank and Human Security Collective in The Hague. The initiative  “brought together public- and private-sector stakeholders – banks, humanitarian organizations, government policymakers and regulators, and international organizations” (see the agenda and background information in the link). During plenary sessions and  interactive roundtable discussions, the goal was “to identify causes, and, more importantly, to share experiences, actions and strategies to ensure that access to financial services is safeguarded for NPOs”

International sanctions, anti-money laundering/counter terrorism financing compliance requirements and business considerations “may result in refusal to on-board certain clients or to perform financial transactions, particularly international wire transfers. When legitimate parties are ‘derisked’, critical needs of refugees and others in dire need could be jeopardized.

DNB Seminars on Payment Service Directive 2

Date: February 8, 2018

Time: 13:15-17:00

Location: De Nederlandsche Bank, Amsterdam

Esmé Bosma attended two information sessions on the implementation of Payment Service Directive 2 organised by De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB) on 26 September 2017 and 8 February 2018. See for more information about PSD2 the link ‘more info’.

Workshop: ‘Secrecy and Methods in Security Research’

Start date: October 19, 2017

End date: October 20, 2017

Find the objectives and programme for this workshop here: Provisional programme – workshop secrecy & methods

Marieke de Goede participates in Panel on ‘The Counter-Terrorism Challenge: Competing Narratives on Freedom and Security.’

Date: July 12, 2017

Location: World Justice Forum, The Hague