Online Trainings

Successful Strategies and Best Practices in Whistleblower Casework: Defense, Investigations and Resolution

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8 Nov - 4 Dec 2021


4 Weeks


EUR 750




Compared to just two countries in 1998, nearly 50 countries in all regions now have whistleblower protection laws in place. This number will continue to grow in the near future. By the end of 2021, all 27 EU countries are required to enact comprehensive whistleblower rights to comply with a new EU Directive.

The strengthening of legal rights and the growth of public awareness has led directly to a rapid expansion in public demand for legal advice, investigations, career and personal support, and other services for whistleblowers. As a result, many new organizations, public institutions, law firms and company departments that specialize in these services have been established.

In this course, the unique combination of skills and knowledge that is required to competently and discreetly receive, assess, investigate and resolve whistleblower inquiries, reports and retaliation complaints will be covered. This highly practical course will include:

  • interactive lectures on each discipline
  • handling and investigating actual and hypothetical cases
  • case negotiation and resolution
  • tests of basic skills, and
  • a final project of handling a current case.

The course will be taught by internationally and regionally recognized experts in these fields. By the end of the course, successful participants will have attained practical knowledge to work as a whistleblower caseworker in range of settings.

Learning objective

By the end of course, successful participants will have attained practical knowledge of these disciplines:

Week 1

  • how to make whistleblowing work for the public interest
  • whistleblower protection law and policy around the world

Week 2

  • whistleblower representation and retaliation defense
  • whistleblowers and the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act

Week 3

  • corruption investigations and enforcement
  • conflict resolution and mediation

Week 4

  • media and public communications

personal support, advice and assistance

Structure and Workload

Approximately 40 hours (approx. 10 hours per week)

The course is delivered online. It includes live and videotaped lectures, individual assignments and projects, readings, self-assessments, online discussions and a final project. The course is adapted specifically for working professionals.

This course is for

  • attorneys and other legal professionals – including those specializing in labor/employment rights
  • public officials – including anti-corruption, ombudsman, human/civil rights, anti-discrimination, prosecution, labor rights
  • whistleblower support staff, advocates and case investigators – including from NGOs and other non-profit organizations
  • anti-corruption and free speech practitioners and advocates
  • labor/trade unions
  • journalists

company compliance directors, officers and staff


A Certificate of Completion will be issued to all participants who successfully complete the course.


Stephen M. Kohn

Stephen M. Kohn is widely recognized as one of the world’s leading whistleblower rights attorneys. He won the largest tax whistleblower reward for UBS whistleblower Bradley Birkenfeld, and the largest reward ever paid under the IRS, SEC and DOJ programs. He represents Danske Bank whistleblower Howard Wilkinson in the largest money laundering scandal in history. He helped draft many key whistleblower provisions, including in the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, Dodd-Frank Act, IRS Qui Tam whistleblower program and US Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act. He is the author of the first legal treatise on whistleblowing and is the world’s most published author on whistleblower protection, including his seventh book in the field, The New Whistleblower's Handbook.

He is a founding partner of Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto LLP and a co-founder of the National Whistleblower Center. He teaches whistleblower law at the Northeastern University School of Law.

Mark Worth

Mark Worth has been working with whistleblowers for more than 30 years – as a legal advisor, policy analyst, investigative journalist, campaigner and spokesperson for the international whistleblower community. He is the founder of many organizations and campaigns, including Whistleblowing International, European Center for Whistleblower Rights, the Center for Whistleblower Rights & Rewards, and the Southeast Europe Coalition on Whistleblower Protection.

He has supported and advised hundreds of whistleblowers, investigated their cases, and advocated for reforms and justice based on their disclosures. He has worked for many NGOs in Europe and the US, and is an award-winning journalist and publisher. He has advised countries in all regions and many international organizations including the UN, EU, APEC, OECD and Council of Europe.

Siri Nelson

Siri Nelson is the Executive Director of the National Whistleblower Center and an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Northeastern University School of Law. Professor Nelson has represented international whistleblowers in large multi-billion-dollar enforcement actions and has played a key role in advancing policy and legislative reforms that enhanced whistleblower protections.

She coordinated the public campaign behind the Commodity Exchange Act reform bill, which is being used to police corruption in the mineral and oil extraction industries worldwide. Professor Nelson has worked directly with the the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to ensure it enacted effective rules governing whistleblower protections.

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