Nikos Passas

Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice
education Ph.D., 1988, Sociology of Deviance
University of Edinburgh
Mailing address 401C CH
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

Nikos Passas is a professor of criminal justice at Northeastern University. His law degree is from the Univ. of Athens (LL.B.), his Master’s from the University of Paris-Paris II (D.E.A.) and his PhD from the University of Edinburgh Faculty of Law. He is a member of the Athens Bar (Greece). He is fluent in six languages and plays classical guitar.

He specializes in the study of corruption, illicit financial/trade flows, sanctions, informal fund transfers, remittances, white-collar crime, terrorism, financial regulation, organized crime and international crimes. He has published more than 140 articles, book chapters, reports and books in 13 languages. In addition, he has edited a volume on the regulation of informal remittance systems for the IMF, co-authored a World Bank study into migrant labor remittances in the South Asia region, authored two reports to FinCEN on the trade in precious stones and metals and completed studies on procurement fraud, corruption asset recovery, as well as on governance, development and corruption international policy.

He serves as editor-in-chief of the international journal Crime, Law and Social Change and associate editor of the Asian Journal of Criminology, the International Journal of Comparative and Applied Criminal Justice, the Open Criminology Journal, and the European Journal on Criminal Policy and Research. He served as chair of the Am. Soc. of Criminology International Division and as ASC’s liaison to the United Nations. He serves on the Board of Directors of the International Society of Criminology.

Passas offers training to law enforcement, intelligence and private sector officials on regulatory and financial crime subjects. He regularly serves as expert witness in court cases or public hearings and consults with law firms, financial institutions, private security and consulting companies and various organizations, including the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), OECD, OSCE, the IMF, the World Bank, other multilateral and bilateral institutions, the United Nations, the Commission of the European Union, the US National Academy of Sciences, research institutions and government agencies in all continents.

He is currently working on corruption asset recovery, assessment of anti-corruption measures and governance, trade facilitated financial crimes and WMD proliferation, money laundering and terrorist finance, the implementation of the UN conventions against transnational crime and against corruption, and the regulation of remittances. Inter alia, he served as the Rapporteur General on terrorism finance for the International Association of Penal Law Congress in 2009 in Istanbul, advisor to the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force, the UN Monitoring Group on Taliban and AQ sanctions, the UN Office of Drugs and Crime, the UN Development Programme and the World Bank. Recent projects focused on the development of a self-assessment tool for the implementation of the UN Convention against Corruption and the UN Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime and on research and analytical support for the International Association of Anti-Corruption Authorities (IAACA) and the creation of an international knowledge management consortium on corruption laws, cases, strategies, asset recovery and anti-corruption bodies.

He served as team leader for a European Union Commission project on the control of proliferation/WMD finance. From December 2009 to the middle of 2010, he was a visiting fellow at the Max Planck Institute for international and comparative criminal law in Freiburg, Germany. He collaborates with Brazil’s Auditor General on a range of integrity and anti-corruption projects. Passas is now the coordinator of a global initiative aimed at academic anti-corruption courses and materials in cooperation UNODC and with the support of the OECD and the International Bar Association.

Selected Publications


Financial Transnational Crime. Ashgate. (2013)

Controlling Terrorist Financing. Springer. (forthcoming)

Essays  in  Honor  of  Prof.  C.D.  Spinellis:  Interdisciplinary  Criminological Pathways/ (co-edited with N. Courakis et al.). Athens: Sakkoulas. 2010

The Evolving Challenge of Identity-Related Crimes: Addressing Fraud and the Criminal Misuse and Falsification of Identity (with Christopher Ram and Demosthenis Chryssikos). Milan: International Scientific and Professional Advisory Council of the United Nations Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Programme (ISPAC). 2008.

The United Nations Convention against Corruption as a Way of Life. (with Dimitri Vlassis). Milan: International Scientific and Professional Advisory Council   of   the   United   Nations   Crime   Prevention   and   Criminal   Justice Programme (ISPAC). 2007.

Legislative  Guide  for  the  Implementation  of  the  United  Nations  Convention against Corruption. Vienna: UN Office of Drugs and Crime. 2006. Available at: http://www.unodc.org/pdf/corruption/CoC_LegislativeGuide.pdf

A   Comparative   Analysis   of   National   Anti-Corruption   Legislation   and Programmes. (New York: UN Development Programme). 2006.

Migrant Labor Remittances in South Asia(with S. Maimbo, R. Adams, R. Aggarwal). Washington, DC: The World Bank. 2005.

Regulating Hawala   and   other   Informal   Funds   Transfer   Systems. (Ed.) Washington, DC: IMF. 2005.

Informal  Value  Transfer  Systems  and  Criminal  Activities. Cahier  2005-1.

Research and Documentation Centre. The Hague: Ministry of Justice, The Netherlands.

It’s Legal, but It Ain’t Right: Harmful Social Consequences of Legal Industries. (Ed. with Neva Goodwin). Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press. 2004.

International Crimes (Ed.). Aldershot: Dartmouth. 2003.

Legislative  Guide  for  the  Implementation  of  the  United  Nations  Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime. Vienna: UN Office of Drugs and Crime; and Vancouver: International Centre for Criminal Law Reform and Criminal Justice Policy. 2003.

Upperworld and Underworld in Cross-Border Crime. (Ed. with Petrus van Dyune and Klaus von Lampe). Nijmegen: Wolf Legal Publishers. 2002.

Informal Value Transfer Systems and Criminal Organizations: A Study into So-called Underground Banking Networks. The Hague: Ministry of Justice, The Netherlands. 1999.

Transnational Crime (Ed.); Aldershot: Dartmouth. 1999.

The Future of Anomie Theory. (Ed. with Robert Agnew); Northeastern University Press. 1997.

Organized Crime (Ed.); Aldershot: Dartmouth. 1995.