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Anti-Money Laundering


Professor Robert Munro (University of Florida College of Law)


Anti-Money Laundering Legislation (3 cr. Spring only): Global Anti-Money Laundering provides an in-depth comparative study of U.S. and foreign national legal responses and international responses to the problems of money laundering, economic crime, cyber-sabotage and terrorism.  A comparative survey of major countries, i.e., United States, United Kingdom, Australia and Canada, is undertaken.  Issues include the history of financial crimes and their regulation, methods of money laundering, the interaction of organized crime groups and economic crime, the uses and abuses of offshore financial centers, cyber-sabotage, the U.S. law of money laundering and asset forfeiture with particular focus on the recent USA Patriot Act and international configurations.  Thus, the course is an analysis of the international regulation of money movements.  The student also learns the increasing role that the tax counsel plays in compliance, due diligence investigations and the consequent civil and criminal liabilities and ethical questions.   

This course is taught by Professor Dr. Robert J. Munro.  He is the co-author of the five-volume treatise, Money Laundering, Asset Forfeiture and International Financial Crimes and the three-volume treatise, Cyber crime and Security.  Dr. Munro is the Co-Director of the Center for International Financial Crimes Studies of the Fredric Levin College of Law of the University of Florida.  Besides the final examination, this course uses common law case examination, complex case studies, individual assignments and a research course paper.


 II.       PURPOSE

            The purpose of the anti-money laundering course is to gain an understanding of, and insight into, the most current issues in anti-money laundering techniques and the development of superior research and writing techniques.


            A.         To obtain familiarity with the use of advanced research, legislative tracking and current trends in anti-money laundering, and to recognize this where it occurs.

B.         To gain expertise in conducting directed research projects in library, consular, and on-line venues.

C.         To achieve improved professional analysis, organization, and writing skills through the medium of the course.

D.         To reconcile theses advances with, and achieve a deeper understanding of anti-money laundering course through each student’s worldview.


            A.         The student will understand the use and import of anti-money laundering issues in legal cases, legislation and texts and will recognize trends in light of current cultural and legal events.

B.         Each student will demonstrate Lexis, RIA, CCH and other library research competency by generating research and tracking global legislation, gaining an understanding of the various domestic laws, general principles, and common State practices that govern or regulate the anti-money laundering arena.


            This course will involve weekly on-line instruction pursuant to current program specifications.


            Grades will be determined through a combination of factors, as follows:  exam – 60%; review of legislation and case law – 20%; review of Westlaw/Lexis/RIA/CCH/internet, periodical review and book research for weekly assignments– 20%.


Provided online to you.


            See syllabus below.

IX.        GRADES

            Grades will not be available until three weeks after the last day of exams and will be mailed to you by the University Registrar at your address of record.  (Please notify the Registrar’s Office of any changes.)  Students should not request their grades prior to this time from the professor, faculty members, or Law School staff.


This is a online seminar course and, attendance at the weekly online sessions is mandatory.  Should a student show a pattern of missing weekly online discussion with the professor, this may be reported to the Associate Dean and may be taken into consideration in the student’s grade.


            Students are expected to demonstrate high standards of ethics in their dealing with each other, their relationships with the professor, faculty, and staff members, and in their approach to the study of law.


            An incomplete grade “I” may not be given for this course, except for serious physical illness, extreme emergencies, or for other similar reasons.  Students have a duty to inform the professor of such problems when they arise.  The press of academic requirements is not a sufficient excuse.  Regulations concerning the administration of incomplete grades appear in the University catalogue.  A higher standard may be expected of work when an “I” is requested.


            Teaching should also be a learning experience, and the professor is willing to entertain comments and suggestions from Directed Research participants.  While the Law School typically supplies a written evaluation form at the end of the course allowing (anonymous) comments on content and teaching style, the professor more properly values criticism from known sources.