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Vat fraud: Interdisciplinary Research on Tax crimes in the European Union
(Grant Agreement no: 878619)

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VIRTUE is supported by an Advisory Board composed of high-level academics. Thanks to their specific expertise in the area of tax crime and their leading roles within relevant Horizon 2020 EU Projects (i.e., PROTAX and COFFERS), they are able to provide the Core Research Team with constructive advice on the management of the project.  


Prof. Nicholas Ryder 

Nicholas Ryder is Professor of Financial Crime at the University of the West of England, Bristol since 2013. His research has been commissioned by the Innovate UK, the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), LexisNexis Risk Solutions, the City of London Police Force, ICT Wilmington Risk & Compliance, Universities South West, the France Telecom Group and the European Social Fund. His main research interests are in financial crime and he has published widely in these areas. Among other papers and volumes, he co-authored "The Law Relating to Financial Crime in the United Kingdom," and, in 2020, the edited collection "Corruption, Integrity and the Law – Global Regulatory Challenges." 


Prof. Umut Turksen

Umut Turksen is Professor at the Centre Financial and Corporate Integrity of Coventry University. Umut is a student-centred and business-facing legal academic, and he is interested in the practical application of the law in innovation, societal security and development. He has provided consultancy and training to prestigious international businesses and government projects. He is currently leading the European Union Horizon 2020 project "PROTAX," which focuses on the fight of tax crimes in Europe. In addition to his expertise in EU energy security & law, Umut has extensive knowledge of counter-terrorism laws in Australia, the EU, the UK and the US as well as publications in international trade, financial crime, arbitration and investment.


Prof. Brigitte Unger

Brigitte Unger is professor of Public Sector Economics at Utrecht University, School of Economics. She works on money laundering and tax evasion, advises governments and international organizations, and was the project leader of the EU Horizon 2020 Project "COFFERS."  Furthermore, she is consultant of the Dutch Ministry of Finance, the UNODC, the EU and EUROSTAT on money laundering and financial crime. She was Member of the German Scientific Council and is since March 2020 Member of the Generalrat (General Council) of the Austrian Central Bank.


Dr. Ismail Misirlioglu

Ismail Ufuk Misirlioglu​ is a Senior Lecturer in Accounting and Finance in the Department of Accounting, Economics and Finance of the University of the West of England, Bristol. He teaches at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels in corporate financial reporting. His research focus is on financial accounting and international financial reporting. 

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