IACA Discusses Further Cooperation with the GCC

IACA and the Cooperation Council of the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC) are continuing to explore possible ways of preventing and combating corruption through joint programmes and trainings, capacity-building and awareness-raising activities, regional meetings, and other events.

Stronger cooperation was the main theme of a meeting in Vienna on Wednesday between Martin Kreutner, IACA’s Dean and Executive Secretary, and Mohammed Saleh Al-Gheilani, Permanent Observer for the GCC in Vienna.

Besides anti-corruption programmes and trainings for experts in the GCC’s Secretariat and member countries, IACA and the GCC could also potentially work together to identify links between corruption and other topics relevant to sustainable development, and to promote these in international fora.

On Wednesday Mr. Kreutner also met Vienna-based representatives of the League of Arab States Secretariat and its member countries to discuss potential mutual cooperation.

Several states from the Arab League are Parties to the IACA Agreement (Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and Sudan). In addition, Mr. Kreutner, as Executive Secretary to IACA’s Assembly of Parties (AoP), invited the Arab League to attend the sixth session of the AoP in Egypt later in 2017 and to consider holding a joint event on regional anti-corruption issues within the framework of the session.

Korean Ambassador Presents Credentials

On 27 January H.E. Mr. Shin Dong-ik, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Republic of Korea to the International Organizations in Vienna, presented his credentials to Martin Kreutner, Dean and Executive Secretary of IACA.

The Academy has long-standing fruitful ties with the Republic of Korea, which ratified the Agreement for the Establishment of IACA as an International Organization in December 2011, and with the country’s Anti-Corruption and Civil Rights Commission (ACRC).

In recent years IACA has delivered several tailor-made trainings for the ACRC, with which it signed a Memorandum of Understanding in 2012, as well as for the Ministry of Personnel Management and the Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power Company. In addition, an expert from the Republic of Korea sits on IACA’s International Academic Advisory Board, serving in his individual capacity.

MACS 2015-2017 Class at IACA

IACA’s third group of Master in Anti-Corruption Studies (MACS) students is currently on campus for the in-class part of its current module on Corruption, Enforcement, and the Public Sector.

Discussion themes include investigating and prosecuting corruption cases, money-laundering, asset tracing and recovery, anti-corruption measures in local governance, and building effective national anti-corruption strategies.

Lecturers for this module are Abu Kassim bin Mohamed, a visiting expert at IACA and previously Chief Commissioner of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission, Daniel Li, a former Deputy Commissioner and Head of Operations at the Hong Kong Independent Commission against Corruption, Shervin Majlessi, Senior Legal Adviser at the World Bank/UNODC Stolen Asset Recovery Initiative (StAR), local governance experts Ana Vasilache and Ronald MacLean-Abaroa (the latter a former mayor of La Paz, Bolivia), and Eduard Ivanov, a member of the academic team in IACA’s Compliance and Collective Action Department.

The MACS is a two-year, in-career programme consisting of seven modules and a master’s thesis, and is specifically designed for working professionals. The first four intakes, including the 2016-2018 class, have consisted of students from about 40 countries and jurisdictions in all regions of the world.

IACA is welcoming applications for the 2017–2019 class, which starts in October this year. For more information and to apply, please click here.

IACA Strengthens Links with Mongolia

IACA further deepened its ties with Mongolia and the country’s Independent Authority Against Corruption (IAAC) last week when Mr. Abu Kassim bin Mohamed represented the Academy at several high-level meetings in Ulaanbaatar.

Mr. bin Mohamed, who is serving on a pro bono basis as a visiting expert at IACA, delivered a keynote address at a conference to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the IAAC. In his speech, he expressed a strong belief that Mongolia, the IAAC, and IACA can work together towards fulfilling the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development through joint educational, awareness-raising, capacity-building, and technical assistance activities in the area of anti-corruption.

He also had extensive discussions with Mr. Enkhjargal Khurelsukh, the IAAC’s Commissioner General, and other senior officers regarding areas of potential cooperation with IACA. At the request of the Authority, IACA is currently providing it with comments and advice regarding the potential establishment of a public oversight function for the IAAC.

Mongolia became a Party to the Agreement for the Establishment of IACA as an International Organization in June 2013, and in August of that year the IAAC and IACA signed a Memorandum of Understanding that serves as a framework for numerous joint anti-corruption activities.

Mr. bin Mohamed is also a member of IACA’s Board of Governors and was previously Chief Commissioner of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission.

MACS 2017 - 2019: Call for Applications

IACA is accepting applications for its 2017 - 2019 Master in Anti-Corruption Studies (MACS) programme, which starts in October 2017. The application deadline is 31 May.

The MACS is a two-year, in-career course that consists of seven modules and a master’s thesis. It is specifically designed for anti-corruption and compliance professionals from around the world who wish to pursue their studies while remaining fully employed.

The 2017 – 2019 class will be the fifth to start this unique programme. The first four MACS cohorts have included students from 40 countries and jurisdictions from all parts of the globe.

MACS faculty are drawn from an international who’s who in the fields of anti-corruption and compliance. Scholarships are available for students from Least Developed Countries (LDCs), as well as candidates from some other countries, regions, and jurisdictions, as determined by specific donors in consultation with IACA.

Graduating students receive an internationally recognized MA degree with 120 ECTS credits under the European Bologna process, enabling enrolment into PhD programmes if desired.


For more information and to apply, click here.

Summer Academy 2017 - Call for Applications

IACA is inviting applications from anti-corruption and compliance professionals around the world for its seventh annual Summer Academy, which will take place from 30 June to 7 July 2017 at IACA’s campus in Laxenburg, Austria.

This interdisciplinary programme is designed for working professionals looking to consolidate their experiences and enlarge their competences to better counter corruption. Through lectures, group work, and roundtable discussions, Summer Academy participants examine trends and practices on the global anti-corruption agenda and acquire tools for bridging the gap between theory and practice.

The programme is delivered by leading international academics and practitioners in the field of anti-corruption and compliance. Their diverse professional backgrounds and cross-sectoral experiences provide participants with an excellent opportunity to expand their knowledge and gain hands-on skills in an international environment.

Participants benefit from high-quality peer discussion and subsequently join IACA’s alumni network of some 1,100 anti-corruption and compliance professionals in more than 140 countries.

Professionals with a minimum of five years of relevant work experience in the public and private sector, international and non-governmental organizations, media, civil society, and academia are encouraged to apply.

The 2016 Summer Academy brought around 80 participants from more than 40 countries to Laxenburg. Since it began in 2011, the programme has empowered 425 professionals from 110 countries.

For more information and to apply, click here. The application period will close on 20 March 2017.

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