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    Research Interests

    Public international law

    International financial crime law

    Anti-money laundering & countering terrorism financing

    Economic sanctions

    Counter-terrorism, security, and finance

    Global governance on crime, development, and security


    Dr Nathanael Tilahun is an international law scholar passionate about researching the intersections of crime, security, finance, and international law, particularly in the context of developing states.

    His research focuses on the use of economic sanctions for achieving various domestic and foreign policy goals (such as counter-terrorism and human rights promotion), assessing the role of global standard-setting and monitoring bodies (such as the FATF), investigating the role of law in combatting transnational crimes, and reimagining the function of law in the story of global inequality, financial exclusion, and security.

    Dr Tilahun has provided consultancy in financial crime law, mutual legal assistance & extradition regimes, anti-terrorism law, national risk assessment, national financial security policy development, prison reform, and international law to law enforcement, criminal justice, judiciary, media, political parties and intergovernmental institutions, particularly in Europe and the Horn of Africa.

    Prior to joining Coventry in 2020, Dr Tilahun held various academic positions for more than ten years in the Netherlands (Erasmus University) and around the world. He has previously held prestigeous visiting faculty positions at Queen Mary University of London, University of California Berkeley, University of Cambridge, and Hofstra University in New York. 

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
    • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

    Education/Academic qualification

    Public international law, Doctorate, Erasmus University Rotterdam

    External positions

    Accredited Member, Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS)

    Jan 2018 → …

    Visiting scholar, University of California, Berkeley

    Feb 2017Feb 2018

    Moot court judge, International Criminal Court (ICC)


    Visiting faculty, Queen Mary University of London

    Sep 2016Dec 2016

    Member, Law and Society Association

    Jan 2016 → …

    Visiting scholar, University of Cambridge

    Jan 2014Apr 2014

    Junior member, Netherlands School of Human Rights Research

    Jan 2012 → …

    Visiting scholar, Hofstra University

    Oct 2011Nov 2011


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