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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 the rule of 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 human 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. 

Education/Academic qualification

Doctorate, Erasmus University Rotterdam

LLM, MA, Erasmus University Rotterdam

LLB, Degree, Mekelle University

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