Best of RA 2During 7 and 8 June, participants from more than 15 different nationalities representing different sectors of society attended the “Best of:  Susan Rose-Ackerman” seminar held at the IACA campus in Laxenburg.

The seminar was the first of an entire series that targets jurists, economists, governmental policy-makers, academics and students from all over the globe. Yale Law and Economics Professor Susan Rose-Ackerman is known as one of the world’s leading academic voices in the field of anti-corruption. She holds fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the Fulbright Commission, having carried out extensive research on corruption and economic development at the World Bank. 

On the first day of the seminar, issues on the agenda included the economic, cultural and political implications of corruption. Professor Rose-Ackerman also talked about the law and economics of bribery and extortion. Participants were given the chance to actively discuss what they had just learned during coffee breaks and over a dinner at a traditional Austrian tavern. During the second day, Professor Rose-Ackerman presented recent empirical work on corruption and talked about the role of international actors in the fight against corruption. Attendees were not only enthusiastic about the seminar and for having had the possibility to network with people engaged in fighting corruption from all parts of the world, but were also impressed by the beautiful venue and the setting in the Palais Kaunitz-Wittgenstein. The next “Best of…” series will take place in December 2012.

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