Ramandeep Chhina

Consultant

Dr. Ramandeep Chhina

DPhil, MSt (Oxon); LLM, LLB, BA (Laws); Non-Practising Solicitor (England& Wales), CAMS, CFCS

Dr. Ramandeep Chhina did her Masters (MSt) and Doctorate (DPhil) in Law from the University of Oxford, analysing the issue of fraud in international trade transactions. Dr. Chhina has extensive experience of over ten years working as a practitioner, consultant and academic – in the field of international commercial law and transnational financial crime.

Dr. Chhina’s research interests are particularly focused in the field of international trade finance and financial crime, particularly investigating fraud, money laundering and bribery in international trade transactions. Dr. Chhina is a non-practising solicitor of England and Wales, a Certified Financial Crime Specialist (CFCS) and a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS). She has worked on various capacity building and technical assistance projects with different international organisations (OSCE, UNITAR, Belgian Development Agency, Council of Europe, and USAID) to strengthen the legal and regulatory AML/CFT framework and capabilities of the relevant supervisory authorities and stakeholders in different jurisdictions, particularly in South-East European region, to combat money laundering, bribery and corruption.

Current Projects & Position:

  • International Consultant , Asian Development Bank, Philippines

  • International Advisor, Financial Investigation In-service Training (CEPOL FI) Project, European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Training (CEPOL)

  • International Advisor, The Council of Europe and the European Union (EU) 4th Anti-Money Laundering Directive Project, Strasbourg, France

  • On-board Advisor, United Nations Institute for Training and Research – Public Finance and Trade Programme (UNITAR, PFTP), Geneva, Switzerland

  • Associate Professor, Former Head of Law, and currently Deputy- Director of Research, The Business School, Edinburgh Napier University, Edinburgh, UK

Specific experience in the region/countries

Albania, Armenia, Austria, Belgium, Georgia, India, Kosovo, Marshall Islands, Moldova, Montenegro, Philippines, Samoa, Serbia, Switzerland, Taiwan, Ukraine, United Kingdom, West Bank (Palestine)

Membership of Professional Bodies:

Member Association of Certified Fraud Examiners; Member, Association of Certified Financial Crime Specialists (ACFCS); Fellow, Higher Education Academy, UK; Member, Society of Legal Scholars, UK; Solicitor, The Law Society of England & Wales, UK (since 2005); Advocate, Punjab and Haryana High Court, India (2003-2005)

Key Projects & Affiliations:

    • International Expert : EU/Council of Europe Projects against Economic Crime in Kosovo, Armenia, Albania, Moldova, Georgia, Montenegro and Ukraine; and Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Missions to Albania and Serbia

    • International AML/CFT Expert, nearly 10 years of experience as an International Consultant with the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR-PFTP), Geneva (developing training curriculum, materials and providing training on anti-money laundering, combating corruption in extractive industries, public procurement and public finance management, micro-finance, internal and external controls in public finance management and negotiation skills)

    • Experience as an Associate Professor and Assistant Professor of Business Law at Edinburgh Napier University and Heriot-Watt University respectively (Edinburgh, UK), Visiting Professor at University of Antwerp (Belgium) and doctorate (Ph.D.) in Law from University of Oxford, UK (demonstrating excellent research skills, analytical skills and report writing skills)

    • Worked as a Consultant on the USAID funded ‘Modernising Financial Institutions’ Project, West Bank (provided technical assistance to the government in drafting a legal regulatory framework to monitor the operation of precious metals in the country and prevent illegal smuggling, corruption and to develop and reform anti-money laundering regulations)

    • Worked as a Solicitor in the economic crime department of Murria Solicitors, UK (handled multi-million money laundering and carousel fraud cases)

    • Internship with the UN Office of Internal Oversight Services, Vienna (assisted in undertaking proactive investigations of high-risk operations or activities)

Area of Expertise