Master in European Economic and Financial Criminal Law (LL.M.)

Teaching Staff

Katalin Ligeti, Dean, Professor of European and International Criminal Law (University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg).

Professor Ligeti teaches European and international criminal law as well as economic and financial criminal law. Her research is primarily focused on police and judicial co-operation in criminal matters, comparative criminal procedure and international criminal law. She has published widely on criminal policy, victim protection, juvenile justice, financial crime, organised crime, corruption, terrorism, internal security and procedural safeguards. Professor Ligeti is is Vice-President of the International Association of Penal Law (AIDP), co-coordinator of the European Criminal Law Academic Network (ECLAN) and ECLAN Contact point for Hungary. She has previously participated as an expert in a number of European Commission impact assessment studies and was called on for her expertise by several European Parliament committees, the OECD and the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY). Professor Ligeti has been recently appointed to the European Commission expert group on EU criminal policy.

Silvia Allegrezza, Associate Professor in Criminal Law (University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg).

Professor Allegrezza is a recent addition to the University of Luxembourg’s Faculty of Law, Economics and Finance, where she gives courses in criminal law, criminal procedure and evidence. Associate Professor Allegrezza studied in Bologna, Paris, and Freiburg before becoming a member of the Italian bar and practicing as a lawyer in criminal law with a specialisation in transnational financial crimes. Before joining us, she was an Assistant Professor at the University of Bologna (2005-2014). Her fields of specialisation are European criminal law, financial crimes, human rights in criminal procedure, and evidence. 

Max Braun, temporary teacher of financial crimes (University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg), first substitute of ‘Cellule de renseignement financier’ (CRF).

Alexander Cappel, Doctor of Law, Senior associate at Clifford Chance Frankfurt.

Dr. Cappel advises and represents national and international companies on all issues of white-collar crime and compliance. Key areas of his work are financial sanctions laws, anti-money laundering laws and internal investigations, including assisting witnesses in internal and external investigations.

Bruno Deffains, Professor at Panthéon-Assas (Paris II, France).

Professor Deffains, an active member of the Institut Universitaire de France, is currently the Director of both the Paris Center for Law and Economics and the Master Program in Law and Economics at the Panthéon Assas (Paris II). He has also taught at others universities, including Yale Law School, the Université du Quebéc á Montréal (UQAM), the Université de Lausanne (UNIL), and Humboldt-Universität in Berlin. He also served as the President of the European Association of Law and Economics (2011-2014). He focuses his research in the fields related to economics of law and regulation and regularly contributes to publications on these topics.

Steve Jacoby, Partner at Clifford Chance Luxembourg (Luxembourg).

Steve Jacoby received a Master of Law from the University of Paris-Sorbonne and an LL.M. from the University of Cambridge. He is currently a partner in the Luxembourg office of Clifford Chance and a registeredavocat à la Courof the Luxembourg bar. He is an associate lecturer at the University of Luxembourg where he gives courses in finance and capital markets law; he also teaches a course on Luxembourg’s law of secured transactions for thecours complémentaire de droit luxembourgois(CCDL). He regularly publishes on topics of finance, capital markets, corporate, and insolvency law. 

Lars Bay Larsen, Judge at the Court of Justice of the European Union (Luxembourg).

Before becoming a Judge at the CJEU, Mr Larsen was an associate professor at the University of Copenhagen. He also held various positions at the Danish Ministry of Justice. Before becoming a Supreme Court Judge in Denmark, he was member of the Schengen Central Group and the Europol Management Board.

Michel Turk, Public Prosecutor in Luxembourg.

Mr Turk joined the Luxembourg judiciary in 1997, after having practiced as a lawyer. Since then, he has held a variety of positions, including as a Judge at the district court of Luxembourg and as an investigative judge. Since 2011, he has been the lead assistant prosecutor in Luxembourg’s prosecutorial division, where he is in charge of the Office for Asset Recovery and the Financial Intelligence Unit.

John Vervaele, Professor of Economic and European Criminal Law (Utrecht University, the Netherlands) and Professor in European Criminal Law (College of Europe, Belgium).

In addition to his professorial duties at Utrecht Law School and the College of Europe, Professor Vervaele is the vice-president of the Association Internationale de Droit Pénal (AIDP). He focuses his research activities on white collar crime and economic offences as well as European criminal law and procedure, and has completed a number of significant projects in these areas for both for the Dutch government and the European Institutions. He is a frequent visiting professor at foreign universities in Europe, the US, Latin America, and China.

Johan Van der Walt, Professor at the University of Luxembourg (Luxembourg).

Before joining the University of Luxembourg in August 2011, Professor Van der Walt held chairs first at the University of Johannesburg (1996-2006) and then at the University of Glasgow (2007-2011). He also holds honorary and extraordinary professorships from the University of the Witwatersrand and the University of Pretoria, respectively. His fields of specialisation are philosophy of law, legal theory, and jurisprudence. His most recent works include a monograph on the horizontal application of fundamental rights.