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Professor Louis de Koker Professor, Law Melbourne

Louis is a professor of law at La Trobe Law School.

Since 2014 Louis has been leading the Law and Policy Program of the Data to Decisions Cooperative Research Centre. The Centre is developing data technology to support national security and law enforcement in Australia. The Law and Policy Program, a collaborative program between La Trobe Law School, UNSW Law and Deakin Law School, investigates policy and regulatory options to protect fundamental rights and ensure national security in a context where data technology is changing the paradigm.

Louis is the author of 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 on the editorial commee of a number of legal journals.

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

Recent conferences and workshops (invited presentations)


Digital Financial Services Council forum, November 2017, Amman
Cambridge Symposium on Economic Crime, September 2017, Cambridge​
Take-Down Workshop, September 2017, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Barcelona
​European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Trade Finance Forum, September 2017, Vienna
Responsible Finance Forum, April 2017, Berlin
Financial Action Task Force Private Sector Consultative Forum, March 2017, UNODC, Vienna
41st Meeting of the EMEAP Working Group on Banking Supervision​, February 2017, Hangzhou  

Research projects

2017: A governance framework for the National Criminal Intelligence System (NCIS). Researchers: de Koker, L. (PL),  Watts, D. (CI), Casanovas, P. (CI), Bainbridge, B. (CI) and Smyth, S. End-user: Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission, Canberra.
Data to Decisions CRC: $201 000

2016-17: Practical perspectives on a balanced, enabling regulatory framework for data-based decision-support technologies used by law enforcement and national security in Australia: Identity Proofing. Researchers: de Koker, L. (PL),  Casanovas, P. (CI), Bainbridge, B. (CI); Mendelson, D. (CI) and Wolf, G. (CI). End-user: Attorney-General’s Department, Canberra.
Data to Decisions CRC: $204 000

2016: Guiding principles in the design, regulation, implementation, governance and oversight of data-based decision-support technologies for law enforcement and national security. Researchers:  Bennett Moses, L. (PL),  Casanovas, P. (CI), Chan, J. (CI), Bennett Moses, L. (CI), De Koker, L. (CI), Maurushat, A. (CI), Bainbridge, B. (CI); Mendelson, D. (CI) and Vaile, D. (CI) (Joint Deakin Law School / UNSW Law project). End-user: Attorney-General’s Department, Canberra.
Data to Decisions CRC: $ 57 000

2016-17: Qualitative – End User Evaluation. Researchers: Scheepers, R. (PL), Nielsen, I. (CI), De Koker, L. (CI), Whelan, C. (CI)
Data to Decisions CRC: $ 80 000

2014-16: Big Data technology and national security: comparative international perspectives on strategy, policy and law. Researchers: Chan, J. (PL), Bennett Moses, L. (CI), De Koker, L. (CI), Maurushat, A. (CI), Mendelson, D. (CI) and Vaile, D. (CI) (Joint Deakin Law School / UNSW Law project). End-user: Attorney-General’s Department, Canberra.
Data to Decisions CRC: $ 467 000

2010-11: Mobile money and financial crime. Researchers Chatain, P-L. (PL), Zerzan, A. (CI), Noor, W. (CI), Dannaoui, N. (CI) and de Koker, L. (CI).
Financial Market Integrity Group of the World Bank: $ 40 000

2010: Impact of SIM-card registration requirements on mobile money initiatives in South Africa. Researchers: De Koker, L. (PL); Symington, J (CI).
Centre for Financial Inclusion and Regulation (South Africa): $ 13 000

2006-08: Developing guidelines for the implementation of FATF Recommendations. Researchers:  Bester, H. (CI), Chamberlain, D. (CI), de Koker, L. (CI), Hougaard, C. (CI), Short, R. (CI), Smith, A. (CI) and Walker, R (CI) (Genesis Analytics)
FIRST Initiative, World Bank: US$ 655,374


Research Areas research areas

selected publications