Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Northeastern University

Nikos Passas specializes in the study of corruption, sustainable development, illicit financial/trade flows, UN sanctions, informal fund transfers, regulation of remittances, terrorism, white-collar crime, financial regulation, organized crime and international crimes.
His law degree is from the Univ. of Athens, his MA from the University of Paris-Paris II and his Ph.D. from the University of Edinburgh Faculty of Law. He is a member of the Athens Bar and has more than 200 publications in 13 languages.
Passas regularly consults with law firms, financial institutions, private security and consulting companies and various organizations, including the United Nations (ODC, Development Programme, Security Council, etc.), the European Union, OECD, OSCE, the IMF, the World Bank, other multilateral and bilateral institutions, the US National Academy of Sciences, research institutions and government agencies in all continents. His work with UNODC includes the design and initiation of the legal library on UNCAC-related national texts and the design and content of the UNCAC review mechanism software and checklist


  • –present
    Professor of Criminology, Criminal Justice and Law, Northeastern University
  • 2015–present
    Distinguished Inaugural Professor, International Anti-Corruption Academy
  • 1996–2003
    Associate Professor, Temple University
  • 1996–1997
    Visiting Professor, University of Wales - Cardiff
  • 1989–1995
    Assistant Professor, Temple University
  • 1989–1989
    Research Fellow, University College London-Faculty of Laws


  • 1989 
    University of Edinburgh, PhD Sociology of Law and Deviance
  • 1982 
    University of Paris-Paris II, DEA (MA) in Criminology and Penal Sciences
  • 1981 
    University of Athens - School of Law, LLB