Staff profile - Louis De Koker

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Prof Louis De Koker

Position: Chair in Law
Faculty or Division: Faculty of Business & Law
Department: Law
Campus: Geelong Waterfront Campus
Phone: +61 3 52272672 +61 3 52272672
Email: louis.dekoker@deakin.edu.au

Biography

Biography

Louis de Koker holds a chair in law at the School of Law of Deakin University.

Prior to taking up his position at Deakin University in 2008, he was the founding director of the Centre for the Study of Economic Crime (CenSEC) and a Professor of Mercantile Law at the University of Johannesburg. He was the course leader of the University of Johannesburg’s Master in Corporate Law programme. He developed and led its Postgraduate Diploma in Compliance as well as its postgraduate Certificate Programme in Money Laundering Control. More than 1700 compliance officers, law enforcement officials and regulators in Southern Africa completed the certificate programme since its inception in 2000.

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 research focuses on managing the relationship between financial inclusion and anti-money laundering and counter terrorist financing objectives. He has undertaken various Deakin 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, 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.

Examples of grants and consultancies

  • De Koker, L. (key researcher). Integrity in mobile phone financial services. 2010-2011: $44,203 – World Bank (joining Pierre-Laurent Chatain (lead researcher) and Andrew Zerzan, Wameek Noor and Najah Dannaoui)
  • De Koker, L. (key researcher). Money laundering and terrorist financing risk and vulnerability methodology. 2010: $18,199 – World Bank (joining Emiko Todoroki (lead researcher), Massoud Moussavi, John McDowell, Kuntay Celik and Peter Reuter) (awarded a 2012 World Bank/International Finance Corporation Financial & Private Sector Development Vice-Presidential Unit Award for innovation, responsiveness and collaboration)
  • De Koker, L. (key researcher). Developing guidelines for the implementation of FATF Recommendations. Project 286. 2006-2008: $655,374 - FIRST Initiative, World Bank (joining Hennie Bester (lead researcher, Doubell Chamberlain, Christine Hougaard, Ryan Short, Anja Smith and Richard Walker)

Publications and conferences

See below
 


Qualifications

  • Master of Law, University of Cambridge, 1992
  • Bachelor of Law(s), University of the Free State, 1986
  • Master of Law, University of the Free State, 1990
  • Doctor of Law, University of the Free State, 1997


Academic

Teaching Interests

  • Financial crime
  • Corporate law


Subjects and units currently teaching

  • MLL221 Corporations Law
  • MLL388 International Financial Crime
  • MLM792 Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorist Financing


Knowledge areas

  •  Financial crime
  •  Money laundering
  •  Financing of terrorism
  •  Corporate law
  •  Corporate governance
  •  Compliance management
  •  Insolvent trading


Conferences and seminars

Recent conferences, seminars and workshops

  • Invited to address the 2012-Mid Atlantic Anti-Money Laundering Conference on mobile money (Pentagon City, Washington DC) (July 2012)
  • Invited by the Alliance for Financial Inclusion (AFI) to advise and address its Working Group on Financial Integrity at the 2012 AFI Global Policy Forum (Cape Town) (September 2012)
  • Invited by the Centre for International Documentation on Organised and Economic Crime (Cambridge) to deliver a paper on financial integrity at its 30th Annual Symposium on Organised and Economic Crime (Jesus College, Cambridge) (September 2012)
  • Invited by the G20’s Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion to join a closed workshop of 80 international regulators and standard-setters to discuss standards relevant to financial inclusion (Bank for International Settlements, Basel) (October 2012)
  • Invited by the World Bank to address a seminar at the 2012 FPD Forum on global financial inclusion policy (Washington, DC) (November 2012)
  • Invited by the Alliance for Financial Inclusion (AFI) to advise and address its Working Group on Mobile Financial Services at the 2013 AFI Global Policy Forum (Kuala Lumpur) (September 2013)

Research

Research grants

Recent grants and consultancies

De Koker, L. FATF 2012: Impact of revised standards on corporate compliance practices in Nigeria and Ghana [V.3]

  • 2012: $10,000

De Koker, L. Research Support: National organised crime response plan [U]

  • 2010: $8,300

De Koker, L. Integrity in mobile phone financial services [V.2]

  • 2011: $3,200
  • 2010: $40,883

De Koker, L. Money laundering and terrorist financing risk and vulnerability methodology [V.2]

  • 2010: $18,199

De Koker, L. Over-compliance: Towards an understanding of compliance responses of financial institutions in South Africa [V.2]

  • 2010: $13,700


Research page

https://www.deakin.edu.au/apps/research/find-a-researcher/20541/Prof-Louis-De-Koker


Publications

Publications

Selected recent publications

  • De Koker, Louis (2013) ‘The 2012 revised FATF Recommendations: Assessing and mitigating mobile money integrity risks within the new standards framework’, Washington Journal of Law, Technology and Arts, vol. 8, pp. 165-196 
  • De Koker, Louis and Jentzsch, Nicola  (2013) ‘Financial inclusion and financial integrity: Aligned incentives?’, World Development, vol. 44, issue c, pp 267-280
  • Chatain, Pierre-Laurent, Zerzan, Andrew, Noor, Wameek, Dannaoui, Najah and de Koker, Louis (2011) Protecting Mobile Money Against Financial Crime: Global Policy Challenges and Solutions, The World Bank, Washington, DC
  • de Koker, Louis (2011) 'Aligning anti-money laundering, combating of financing of terror and financial inclusion: Questions to consider when FATF standards are clarified', Journal of Financial Crime, vol. 18, no. 4, pp. 361-386
  • De Koker, Louis (2011) South African Money Laundering and Terror Financing Law, Lexis Nexis, Durban, South Africa
  • Isern, Jennifer and De Koker, Louis (2009) 'AML/CFT : strengthening financial inclusion and integrity', Focus Note, CGAP, Washington, D.C. (translated into French, Russian and Arabic)
  • De Koker, Louis (2009) 'The money laundering risk posed by low-risk financial products in South Africa: Findings and guidelines', Journal of Money Laundering Control, vol. 12, no. 4, pp. 323-339
  • De Koker, Louis (2009) 'Identifying and managing low money laundering risk: Perspectives on FATF's risk-based guidance', Journal of Financial Crime, vol. 16, no. 4, pp. 334-352


Link to publications

http://www.deakin.edu.au/research/admin/pubs/reports/database/dynamic/output/person/person.php?person_code=dekokl


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