The ACAMS Global Sanctions Program

In a world of increasingly complex sanctions compliance regulations and regulatory rigor, global organizations are facing a growing challenge where sanctions and global markets are vigorously interlaced. This challenge has raised the bar for multinational institutions to stay compliant with sanctions laws to ensure they’re not caught on the wrong side of monetary penalty. It requires a strictly enforced and well-defined sanctions program, a specialized knowledge set and an effective sanctions compliance and risk management culture.

The ACAMS Global Sanctions Program provides a holistic solution for organizations to empower their workforce to remain compliant with complex sanctions laws. This program is strategically structured with a world-class global sanctions certification (CGSS), as well as learning, networking, and thought leadership opportunities for professionals at different stages of their career.

Explore the options ACAMS has carefully crafted for your institution and taskforce, to advance your knowledge, stay up-to-date, and build your network in global sanctions compliance.

The CGSS Certification

The Certified Global Sanctions Specialists (CGSS) Certification is the culmination of five years of research and development on international sanctions compliance. The importance of CGSS cannot be understated. It is ACAMS’s first exam-based certification since CAMS, the gold standard in AML certifications, was launched 16 years ago. CGSS is currently available in English and French, with Simplified Chinese and Arabic under development, and further translations planned.

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The Sanctions Foundations Certificate Course

For those seeking to learn more about sanctions, or professionals new to the field and not yet ready for CGSS, Sanctions Foundations is a four-hour online certificate course that provides an essential overview of sanctions compliance. This on-demand course is available in English, French, German, Portuguese, Spanish, Simplified and Traditional Chinese. A Japanese translation is under development.

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The Global Sanctions Webinar Series

Designed specifically for sanctions professionals and available to ACAMS Enterprise Members or for individual purchase. Panels of global experts will discuss some of the most complex sanctions issues at play today. These sessions are presented live and allow for participants to ask questions of the panelists. Recordings are available after the event.

Below is the recording of one of the global sanctions webinars.
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Globaal Sanctions Program

The ACAMS Global Sanctions Program is led by accomplished sanctions and counter-terrorism expert Dr. Justine Walker. Don’t miss this opportunity to expand your knowledge with a leading subject matter specialist on global sanctions implementation.

Justine Walker
  • Dr. Justine Walker

  • Head of Global Sanctions and Risk


Until December 2019 Justine was the Director of Sanctions Policy at UK Finance. The former chair of the European Banking Federation Sanctions Expert Group, a position she held from 2015 until December 2019, Justine has held specialist policy positions in the United Kingdom at the Financial Services Authority and the Treasury’s Counter Terrorist and Proliferation Financing Branch. She has further acted as an International Monetary Fund advisor on the Nigerian anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing capacity building program. Formerly based in Central Asia with the United Nations, she has also worked on programs surrounding weapons and drug trafficking, corruption and terrorist financing, and has served as a national expert on the financing of weapons of mass destruction matters.

Justine has extensive experience of working with foreign governments, international bodies and financial institutions on cross border sanctions matters. This includes acting as an independent expert to the UN and other bodies on the promotion of payment channels in support of permissible international humanitarian activity within sanctioned and fragile jurisdictions, particularly Syria. On behalf of the Alliance for Financial Inclusion and under the auspices of the German G20 Presidency, she prepared the special report on access to finance for forcibly displaced persons.

Within ACAMS Justine is tasked with leading critical industry and public-sector relationships, including engagement with key international bodies and think tanks. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of St. Andrews and an M.Sc. from the University of Edinburgh.

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The Sanctions Compliance Monthly Update

Our Sanctions Compliance Monthly Update is a 40-minute presentation designed to keep compliance professionals informed of essential developments in the ever-dynamic world of sanctions. These updates will alert our global community to key changes to sanctions regimes, as well as offer a synopsis of relevant geopolitical developments and proposed legislation. Each includes a general update, geo-political update, regulatory update, and a spotlight issue. This monthly update will help you understand the trends and be able to prepare for what may be coming.

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The Sanctions Masterclass Series with
Justine Walker

Four times per year, experts will provide a deep dive into some of the most challenging sanctions issues. With a teaching curriculum shaped by members of our global sanctions compliance task force, our masterclasses will use real-life examples and emphasize practical applications for ensuring compliance. Each masterclass will be presented live, allowing for question-and-answer sessions, and will also be recorded.

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ACAMS Newsletters, Briefings and Updates

This section houses our newsletters, briefing documents, updates and fire-side chats that we put out regularly in this constantly evolving environment where keeping a pulse on the latest news is critical.

Read some of the past newsletters:

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Thought Leadership:
White Papers and Publications

ACAMS thought leadership is aimed at helping promote the public-private sector dialogue. With such a diverse community of members, we are committed to helping shape effective global implementation and inspiring critical industry and public-sector relationships, including engagement with key international bodies and think-tanks.

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The ACAMS International Sanctions Compliance Task Force

The ACAMS International Sanctions Compliance Task Force and related workstreams facilitate senior level dialogue by bringing together sanctions specialists from a wide array of sectors, including finance, maritime, insurance, humanitarian and energy, and government organizations. The task force establishes a high-level, inter-industry forum to tackle the toughest compliance questions of today and regularly hosts expert-level roundtables on emerging issues and global compliance implementation matters.

More to follow in coming months.

ACAMS Conferences

ACAMS Conferences – both virtual and face-to-face – will include sanctions tracks and provide important opportunities for professionals to remain updated and to network with like-minded professionals from around the world.

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ACAMS Chapters

We work closely with our global chapter community to bring the latest updates to local chapters and their respective communities. Here’s a list of our chapter events:

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