BU and Qatar University Partner to Develop Counter-Terrorist Finance Training Program

Boston University School of Law and Qatar University College of Law entered an agreement on Monday to develop an intensive course to train Qatari government officials to combat terrorist financing. Qatar already has an aggressive legal framework in place to counter-illicit financing and has cooperated extensively with international partners to strengthen its laws in counter-terrorism financing and anti-money laundering.


“We regard this training as an opportunity for a true partnership… Our law school and university have broad expertise in the strategies and technologies that terrorists now use to obtain and move funds throughout the global financial system, but the true value of the training will be its practical relevance to Qatar.” – Angela Onwuachi-Willig, Dean of Boston University School of Law


The training program will leverage the expertise of Boston University faculty from a variety of backgrounds, including national security, financial technology and regulation, cyber security, and anti-money laundering. BU Law and Qatar University also plan on involving experts from the U.S. government, including the Treasury Department, State Department, and FBI, in the program’s development. The course will involve simulations and real-world-based case studies.


“Qatar is a leader in regional and global efforts to counter terror financing and defeat extremism. We look forward to enhancing the capabilities of our professionals through this unique training program… Qatar has partnerships with leading American universities and we are pleased to now include Boston University School of Law among these partners.” – HE Sheikh Meshal Bin Hamad Al Thani, Qatar’s Ambassador to the U.S.


Qatar works closely with the United States in sharing information and developing resources to combat terrorist financing. Qatari experts and leaders on counter-illicit finance and anti-money laundering are dedicated to collaborating with allies and international institutions to combat illicit finance as it leverages newer methods and resources, including financial technology, cryptocurrencies, and cyber theft.



(Images courtesy of Michael Greenwald)



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