Nikos Passas

Professor, Northeastern University; Vienna University of Applied Sciences for Management & Communication, Center for Corporate Governance & Business Ethics


Nikos Passas is Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Northeastern University, and co-Director of the Institute for Security and Public Policy. He is also Visiting Professor at the Basel Institute on Governance; Visiting Professor at Vienna University of Applied Sciences for Management & Communication’s Center for Corporate Governance & Business Ethics; Distinguished Visiting Professor at Beijing Normal University; Distinguished Practitioner in Financial Integrity and Senior Fellow of the Financial Integrity Institute at Case Western Reserve Law School; Head of UN Sanctions Implementation Legal Review Services at Compliance Capacity and Skills International (CCSI) and Chair of the Academic Council of the Anti-Corruption Academy in India. He is the Organized Crime Observatory’s Representative to the United Nations (ECOSOC). He has served as Corruption Program Director at the Ethics and Compliance Officer Association (ECOA). In 2017, he received the Dr Jean Mayer Global Citizenship Award at Tufts Univrsity.

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 Ph.D. from the University of Edinburgh Faculty of Law. He is a member of the Athens Bar (Greece). He is fluent in 6 languages and plays classical guitar.

He specializes in the study of corruption, illicit financial/trade flows, sanctions, informal fund transfers, remittances, terrorism, white-collar crime, financial regulation, organized crime and international crimes. He has published more than 220 articles, book chapters, reports and books in 14 languages.

He serves as editor-in-chief of the international journal Crime, Law and Social Change and associate editor in a number of journals. He served as Chair of the Am. Soc. of Criminology International Division and as ASC’s liaison to the United Nations. He also served on the Board of Directors of the International Society of Criminology.

Passas regularly serves as expert witness in court cases or public hearings and consults with law firms, financial institutions, 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 (ODC, Development Programme, Security Council, etc.), the Caribbean FATF, the European Union, the US National Academy of Sciences, research institutions and government agencies in all continents. His work with UNODC includes the design and initiation of the legal library of UNCAC-related national texts and the design and content of the UNCAC review mechanism software and checklist.

He served as Team Leader for a European Union Commission project on the control of proliferation/WMD finance. He organized the launching and coordinated a global inter-disciplinary academic initiative on anti-corruption courses and materials, supported by Northeastern Univ., UNODC, OECD, and the International Bar Association to reach out to universities and educational institutions around the world. He has been an INSPIRE Fellow at Tufts University’s Institute of Global Leadership and Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the TC Beirne School of Law, University of Queensland.


TEDx talk on Debt, Austerity and Corruption in Greece. Link to talk

Afghan Narcotrafficking Illicit Financial Flows Link to book

Legislative Guide for the Implementation of the UNCAC (all UN languages). Link to legal paper

Legislative Guide for the Implementation of the UNTOC (all UN languages). Link to legal paper

Submission to Australian Parliament Committee on foreign bribery with Simon Bronitt and other UQ colleagues. Link to legal paper