The spring of 2010 has seen great strides in the establishment of the International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA) as an academic institution with two of its Advisory Boards meeting for the first time.
Convening from 13 to 15 May, the International Senior Advisory Board, a group of eminent experts in the field of anti-corruption, set out to advise IACA in matters of strategic direction. Michael Hershman, President of the Fairfax Group; Barry O’Keefe, Chair of the Law Advisory Board of the Notre Dame School of Law, Sydney Australia; Mark Pieth, Chairman of the Working Group on Bribery in International Business Transactions of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development; and Eddie R. Ouko, Auditor General of the African Development Bank came to Vienna while Timothy Tong, Commissioner of the Independent Commission against Corruption in Hong Kong; Huguette Labelle, Chair of Transparency International; Roberto de Michele, Principal Policy Adviser at the Inter- American Development Bank; and Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi, former South African Cabinet Minister and currently Director at the United Nations Development Programme, joined the meeting via videoconference.
The Board elected Mr. Hershman chairperson of the Board, with Ms. Labelle and Mr. Tong selected as vice-chairpersons. It decided, inter alia, to focus on support for fundraising; increasing international recognition by acting as “Ambassadors of IACA”; and facilitating wider networking. They visited the campus to see the renovation of the premises. Additionally, the Board proposed the holding of a joint training course with the Basel Institute entitled “Non-State Actors in the Asset-Recovery Processes”, which would take place at the Academy in the framework of the Opening Conference of IACA planned from 2 and 3 September 2010.
Furthermore, the International Academic Advisory Board's first meeting was between 10 and 12 June. This board (IAAB) consists of academics and experts specialized in anti-corruption matters who advise IACA on the development of the curriculum and composition of faculty. Prof. Hans Heiner Kuehne was elected chairperson of the IAAB, with Mr. Daniel Li serving as vice-chairperson. Abu Kassim Mohamed (Chief Commissioner of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission); Muzong Kodi (Associate Fellow of the Africa Programme of the Royal Institute of International Affairs); Hans Heiner Kühne (Professor of Criminal Law at the University of Trier, Germany); Friedrich Schneider (Professor of Economics at the University of Linz, Austria); Slagjana Taseva (Dean of the Faculty of Detectives and Criminologists at the European University from the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia; Daniel Li (Deputy Commissioner and Head of Operations at the Independent Commission against Corruption, Hong Kong, China); and Jean-Francois Thony (Director of the National School for the Judiciary in Bordeaux, France) discussed possibilities for the academic accreditation of IACA, the relationship between the Academic and the Senior Advisory Board, and the criteria for establishing degree programmes.The Board recommended that a Masters Programme of 18-24 months should approach the phenomenon of corruption in a holistic way. Therefore, subjects such as philosophy, cultural studies, ethics, criminology, political science, psychology, economics and law would need to be covered. IACA feels honoured to be supported and advised by such eminent individuals from all over the globe. Their participation is proof of the Academy’s strong commitment to equitable global outreach as well as to regional diversity.