Monthly Sanctions Compliance Update

  • When: May 7, 2020
  • Time: On-Demand
  • Level: All

*This event does not qualify for credit

To ensure that ACAMS members are kept abreast of key developments, our ‘Sanctions Compliance Update’ is a freely available service to all members via a short on-demand monthly webinar. Sessions will alert members to key changes to sanctions regimes as well as offer a synopsis of relevant geopolitical developments and proposed legislation. With analysis from leading sanctions experts, the webinars will highlight a range of compliance topics intended to answer members’ questions and concerns.

Each monthly session will each feature a spot light discussion segment, for May we will look at the recent UN Panel of Experts report on DPRK.


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Sam Cousins


Sam Cousins is a Sanctions and Risk Associate at ACAMS, where his work includes supporting public-private partnerships and strengthening ACAMS thought leadership pillar through assisting the development of new content on sanctions and risk.

Prior to ACAMS, Sam worked on the Sanctions Policy team at UK Finance, where he gained experience working with global financial institutions and governments on sanctions compliance issues. He also has previous experience with NATO’s Centre of Excellence for Defense Against Terrorism and as a Research Assistant at the University of Nottingham. In these roles, Sam’s research focused on counter-terrorism studies, as well as transnational organised crime and national security. Sam also holds a Masters of Research in Politics and a bachelor’s degree in History and Politics, both from the University of Nottingham.

Emil Dall
  • Emil Dall

  • Research Fellow, Centre for Financial Crime & Security Studies
  • RUSI


Emil Dall is a Research Fellow in the Centre for Financial Crime & Security Studies at RUSI, where his research focuses on sanctions policy and counter-proliferation finance.

Emil’s work on counter-proliferation finance examines the design and implementation of international sanctions against proliferators (including North Korea), and understanding the role of governments and financial institutions in countering proliferation finance.

Emil also conducts research on the use of sanctions in foreign policy, including the design and implementation of country-based sanctions regimes, and is involved in the Institute’s high-level Task Force on the Future of UK Sanctions Policy.

Prior to joining RUSI in 2015, Emil was a risk analyst for a major international insurer operating out of Lloyd’s of London, and before that he was a researcher at the Policy Institute at King’s College London.

He holds degrees from the University of Cambridge and the Department of War Studies at King’s College London, and was a 2017 Nuclear Scholar at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C.

Peter Harrell
  • Peter Harrell

  • Adjunct Senior Fellow Energy, Economics and Security
  • Center for a New American Security (CNAS)


Peter Harrell is an adjunct senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security, where he focuses on the intersection of economics and national security. Research interests include economic statecraft, sanctions and energy.

From 2012-2014, Mr. Harrell served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Counter Threat Finance and Sanctions in the State Department’s Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs. In that role, Harrell was instrumental in developing the international sanctions against Iran, Russia, and Syria, and in the easing of sanctions on Myanmar.  He also played a leading role in the U.S. government’s efforts to counter terrorist financing, including work to combat the financing of the Islamic State (ISIL).

Mr. Harrell served on the State Department’s Policy Planning Staff from March 2009 to June 2012, where he played a leading role in developing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s economic statecraft agenda. He also worked on a variety of other trade and economic issues, with a particular interest in Asia, and authored and edited sections of the State Department’s first-ever Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR).

Before joining the State Department, Mr. Harrell served on President Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign. He previously worked as a reporter for Congressional Quarterly in Washington, D.C., and is the author of one book, Rwanda’s Gamble: Gacaca and a New Model of Transitional Justice. Mr. Harrell is a magna cum laude graduate of Princeton University and holds a J.D. from the Yale Law School. He is originally from Atlanta, Georgia.

Justine Walker


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.