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Professor Louis de Koker Professor, Law Melbourne

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

Between 2014 and 2019 Louis led the Law and Policy Program of the Data to Decisions Cooperative Research Centre. The Law and Policy Program, a $1,8 million collaborative program between La Trobe Law School, UNSW Law and Deakin Law School, investigated policy and regulatory options to protect fundamental rights and ensure national security in a context where data technology is changing the paradigm.

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, Kyrgyzstan, 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 and a fellow of the Society of Advanced Legal Studies.

Editorial positions:

- The Company Lawyer: Member of the editorial advisory board
- Journal of Financial Crime: Member of the editorial advisory board
- Journal of Money Laundering Control: Member of the editorial advisory board
- Transactions of the Centre for Business Law: Consultant editor
- Deakin Law Review: Faculty advisor (2008-16)

Recent conferences and workshop presentations:

-​ De-risking, Financial Exclusion & Resiliency in the Caribbean, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, November 2018, Atlanta
- Making Compliance Work, German-Southeast Asian Center of Excellence for Public Policy and Good Governance, October 2018, Bangkok
- Digital Financial Services Council Forum, November 2017, Amman, Jordan
- 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  

Grants and funded projects:

2018-19: Articulating law and policy principles for guiding Big Data usage for defence, national security and law enforcement purposes. Researchers: Bennett Moses, L. (PL), de Koker, L. (CI), Logan, S (CI), Oboler, A. (R).
Data to Decisions CRC: $91 000

2018-19: Compliance by Design (CbD) and Compliance through Design (CtD) solutions to support automated information sharing. Researchers: Casanovas, P. (PL), de Koker, L. (CI), Governatori, G (CI), Rodriguez-Doncel, V. (CI), Watts, D. (CI, Keyzer, P. (CI), Barnes, J (CI), Mendelson, D. (CI), Stammers, M (CI), Stumptner, M. (CI); Mayer, (W.) (CI). End-user: Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission, Canberra.
Data to Decisions CRC: $231 000

2017-18: Improving access to remittances and other financial services through digital solutions. Researchers: de Koker, L (PL) and Perlman, L. (CI). Funder: Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. End-user: Central Bank of Jordan. $120 000

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

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