Iraqi Ambassador Presents Credentials

On 26 June, H.E. Mr. Jabir Habeb Jabir Hemaidawi, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Republic of Iraq to the International Organizations in Vienna, presented his credentials to Martin Kreutner, Dean and Executive Secretary of IACA.

Iraq ratified the Agreement for the Establishment of IACA as an International Organization in October 2013. 

Upcoming IACA Programmes: Places Still Available!

There is still time for anti-corruption and compliance professionals around the world to apply for a place on one of IACA’s many upcoming programmes. All of the trainings listed below have a few spaces left, so submit your application today!

IACA Summer Academy (29 Jun - 6 Jul)

Our popular flagship programme has welcomed almost 500 anti-corruption and compliance professionals from over 110 countries since it started in 2011. Join us and leading experts from all regions for this intensive, interdisciplinary programme.

“Best Of” Seminar with Tina Søreide (3 – 4 Jul)

Professor Tina Søreide, IACA Frequent Visiting Faculty member and Professor at the Norwegian School of Economics, will lead a two-day seminar focusing on corruption and law enforcement, organizational vs. individual liability, and other topics.

Alumni Reunion (5 – 6 Jul)

Join us for two days filled with networking opportunities, a gala dinner, and a busy daytime schedule featuring renowned IACA faculty members. 

Anti-Corruption in Local Governance Training (9 – 13 Jul)

Deepen your understanding of corruption in local governance and enhance your capacity to develop measures for strengthening local integrity systems with expert lecturers.

Procurement Anti-Corruption Training (16 Jul – 17 Aug, part-time with distance learning: classes at IACA’s campus from 30 Jul to 3 Aug)

Broaden your skills in reducing corruption in public procurement with this training. Participants who successfully complete the programme are entitled to receive 6 ECTS credits under the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System.   

Master in Anti-Corruption Studies (Oct 2018 – Dec 2020)

Join students from all over the world and be part of the sixth class of our unique degree programme taught by prominent leaders in the field. Programme and scholarship applications will be accepted until 30 June 2018.

Discounts and Scholarships

Some fee discounts are available on selected programmes. Read more on each individual programme page via the links above.

For information on IACA’s array of other programmes which are open for applications, read more on the website or sign up to receive our newsletter.

Fifth Tailor-made Training for Indian Central Vigilance Commission

Senior Indian officials working in the vigilance sector completed a two-week tailor-made training at IACA last Friday. This was the fifth such programme delivered by the Academy as part of a series of trainings held in cooperation with the Indian Central Vigilance Commission (CVC).

The 25 participants were officers of the CVC and chief vigilance officers from the Ministry of Railways, the State Bank of India, and the New Mangalore Port Trust, among others.

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The programme last week offered an array of topics related to anti-corruption. These include, among others, cybercrime and uses of new technologies in detecting and combating corruption, international perspectives on public procurement, managing conflicts of interest, ethical decision-making, organizational integrity, collective action, and fraud prevention, along with region-specific lectures. It was delivered by internationally renowned experts, including members of IACA’s permanent and frequent visiting faculty.

The group also made study visits to the Austrian Central Public Prosecutor’s Office for Combating Economic Crimes and Corruption (Zentrale Wirtschafts- und Korruptionsstaatsanwaltschaft), as well as the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

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This latest training session for Indian vigilance officers was a continuation of the existing cooperation between IACA and the CVC, an apex Indian governmental body that addresses governmental corruption. The prior edition of this training took place in November 2017.

Tailor-made trainings are IACA’s customized programmes for specific organizations, corporations, or institutions, addressing the unique challenges that each one faces in preventing and fighting corruption.

Panamanian Ambassador Presents Credentials

On 25 May, H.E. Ms. Annabella Maria Guardia Escoffery de Rubinoff, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Republic of Panama to the International Organizations in Vienna, presented her credentials to Martin Kreutner, Dean and Executive Secretary of IACA.

Panama ratified the Agreement for the Establishment of IACA as an International Organization in December 2012.

IACA Signs MoU with Kazakh Anti-Corruption Agency

IACA further strengthened its ties with Kazakhstan on Friday by signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the country’s Agency for Civil Service Affairs and Anti-Corruption that paves the way for deeper cooperation in education, training, and the exchange of experts.

The MoU was signed in Laxenburg by Mr. Martin Kreutner, IACA’s Dean and Executive Secretary, and Mr. Alik Shpekbayev, Chairman of the Agency. They previously met in Astana last month during an IACA mission to Kazakhstan.

The Kazakh delegation also included Ms. Fatima Zhakypova, Rector of the Academy of Public Service under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, and H.E. Mr. Kairat Sarybay, Ambassador, Permanent Representative to the International Organizations in Vienna. They were accompanied by other senior officials from the Agency, the Academy, and the Kazakh Permanent Mission in Vienna, as well as representatives of Kazakh media outlets.

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“This MoU represents another significant step in IACA’s long-standing cooperation with Kazakhstan, and I would like to thank Mr. Shpekbayev and H.E. Mr. Sarybay for their support and commitment in this regard. We look forward to working on a range of possible joint activities with the Agency, and to welcoming additional students and participants from Kazakhstan to our future programmes and trainings,” Mr. Kreutner commented.

“The Agency for Civil Service Affairs and Anti-Corruption is proud to be celebrating its 20th anniversary this year and is very pleased at the prospect of working closely with IACA towards our common goal of preventing and fighting corruption. The memorandum we have signed today provides a strong basis for future collaboration and opens up interesting opportunities for sharing knowledge and expertise,” Mr. Shpekbayev concluded.

Kazakhstan acceded to the Agreement for the Establishment of IACA as an International Organization in December 2013. In addition, Kazakh anti-corruption and compliance professionals are part of IACA’s alumni network of former students and participants from 155 countries and jurisdictions.

IACA Reaffirms Commitment to Addressing Corruption and Cybercrime at CCPCJ

At last week’s United Nations (UN) Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ), IACA reaffirmed its commitment “to cooperate further with other international organizations and institutions working on the nexus between corruption and cybercrime”, and noted that corruption and technology is already an increasingly prominent theme in its academic degree programmes, practice-oriented trainings, and other activities. IACA’s statement is available below.

The fight against corruption was highlighted as “the top of the list of contemporary criminal justice issues” by UN Secretary General António Guterres when he addressed the Commission on 14 May. He pointed out that “combating corruption requires a culture of integrity, led from the top,” and urged a strengthening of “the UN's support to Member States in tackling corruption, strengthening good governance and the rule of law”. Mr. Guterres also mentioned the risks surrounding cybercrime, which he noted “is estimated to generate some $1.5 trillion in revenue per year”.

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IACA hosted a well-attended side event entitled “Cyber-Crime and Cyber-Corruption: The Fourth Criminal Revolution?” on 17 May, in the framework of this session of CCPCJ. During the interactive discussion, experts from IACA, the Council of Europe and academia provided essential insights on risks related to cybercrime and cyber corruption. The panel and attendees explored issues including how emerging technologies may reshape the landscape of anti-corruption in the near future.  

In addition, IACA contributed to the debate on new technologies and their potential influence on social, economic, and political development during a session entitled "Cryptocurrencies, Cybercrime and Impacts on Women", as well as during a side event on “A Multi-Stakeholder Approach to Integrity in the Private Sector: the Italian experience”.

In parallel to the CCPCJ, IACA also held on 16 May an event on integrity in the private sector which was co-organized by the Permanent Mission of Italy to the International Organizations in Vienna. The event showcased examples and best practices of business integrity and anti-corruption and took place at IACA’s campus.

IACA CCPCJ statement May 2018

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IACA Reinforces Links with Austrian Educational Institutions

This month IACA has continued to strengthen its cooperation with some of Austria’s leading academic institutions in the areas of anti-corruption and compliance.

On Monday, Martin Kreutner, Dean and Executive Secretary, was at the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna to lead a training for Academy staff on anti-corruption and compliance in administration and management.

This followed a separate day-long lecture Mr. Kreutner gave last week at the University of Vienna in the latter’s Master of Arts in Human Rights programme at the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute on Human Rights. His teaching was the latest example of the long-standing close ties between IACA and the Institute that include, inter alia, lecturing in their respective master’s programmes, thesis supervision, library access, and mutual participation in examinations as external experts.

IACA and the University of Vienna signed a Memorandum of Understanding in 2012.

IACA has also previously partnered with the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU), having among other activities co-sponsored a three-day workshop organized by WU in 2016 on inter-agency cooperation and good governance in Africa.

New Seminar: Emerging Technologies and Compliance

How will blockchain, cryptocurrencies, artificial intelligence, and big data shape business models and regulatory compliance frameworks? A new IACA seminar on 21 - 22 September about How Emerging Technologies Will Drive Changes in Compliance Systems will offer fresh practical insights for professionals on these big questions.

Aimed at professionals involved with the business sector, the programme will examine the compliance opportunities, risks, and challenges associated with these and other disruptive technologies. It will feature expert practitioners and interactive peer discussion, as well as excellent networking opportunities.

This seminar will feature experts Katarzyna Maria Ciupa, Business Analyst and Project Manager, IoT Austria Mentor, and Head of "Bit'n'Block Academy", in addition to Peter Ebenhoch, Partner and Senior Consultant at Effectas GmbH, and Alexander Petsche, Partner at Baker McKenzie. They will be joined from IACA’s faculty by Han-Kyun Rho, Professor for Collective Action, Compliance and (private sector) Anti-Corruption and Pawan Kumar Sinha, Academic Programmes Director.

This seminar is the first in an IACA series focusing on disruptive technologies. Each subsequent seminar will look at a specific technology and its impact on regulatory and anti-corruption compliance.

Click here for more information on the seminar and how to register.

IACA and Italy Joint Event: Integrity in the Private Sector

IACA warmly welcomes guests to an event showcasing examples and best practices of business integrity and anti-corruption at its campus on Wednesday, 16 May.

This event will bring together experts of the Italian Government, anti-corruption authorities, civil society, and academia, as well as representatives of the private sector.

Speakers will discuss the international experience of public-private collaboration and implementation of anti-corruption compliance, and their aspirations and commitments to shaping a more transparent and fair economic environment, both domestically and internationally.

The event is co-organized by IACA and the Permanent Mission of Italy to the International Organizations in Vienna.

Advance registration is required. For more information, download the flyer here.

When: Wednesday, 16 May, 11:00 – 12:30

Where: IACA, Muenchendorfer Strasse 2, 2361 Laxenburg

Registration: Please click here to register for the event.

IACA Contributes to Moscow Conference

IACA contributed prominently to an international anti-corruption conference organized in Moscow last week by the Institute of Legislation and Comparative Law under the Government of the Russian Federation.

Mr. Martin Kreutner, IACA’s Dean and Executive Secretary, addressed the opening of the VII Eurasian Anti-Corruption Forum and subsequently co-chaired a session on international regulation of conflict of interests and anti-corruption enforcement.

The conference, which took place on 25 April, had the overall theme of “Conflict of Interests: Law and Ethics”. It was chaired by Prof. Talia Y. Khabrieva, Director of the Institute, and attracted regional and international panellists and participants.

During his visit to Moscow, Mr. Kreutner also had separate bilateral meetings with Prof. Khabrieva and with H.E. Mr. Andrey Avetisyan, Ambassador at Large for International Anti-Corruption Cooperation.

IACA signed a memorandum of understanding with the Institute in 2014 that sets the framework for mutual collaboration in the areas of anti-corruption and compliance.

The Institute carries out research into the main branches of national legislation in the Russian Federation, as well as comparative law research on the legislation and law enforcement practices of other countries.

Independent External Auditors at IACA

A collegium of independent senior auditors spent three days on campus last week for the Independent External Audit of IACA’s financial statements for the budget year 2017.

This member state-owned function, which currently consists of auditors from Pakistan, the Russian Federation, and Thailand, is carrying out the audit in line with the Resolution on the Independent External Audit of IACA.

The external auditors were appointed by IACA’s Board of Governors (BoG) from senior members of national Supreme Audit Institutions or other suitable institutions of volunteering Parties. All external auditors, operating as a collegial body, act in their personal capacity and enjoy functional and organizational independence in conducting the audit.

The collegium is now compiling a report that will be presented to the BoG. The upcoming seventh session of IACA’s Assembly of Parties will subsequently be notified of the report’s findings.

IACA Summer Academy: One Month Left to Apply

An array of acclaimed international experts is confirmed to lecture at IACA’s upcoming Summer Academy from 29 June to 6 July this year. The application deadline is 31 May.

Now in its eighth year, this interdisciplinary programme gathers anti-corruption and compliance professionals from around the world for lectures and interactive sessions on diverse topics related to anti-corruption and compliance, including ethics, integrity, and governance.

Selected programme highlights:

The programme for the 2018 IACA Summer Academy will include insights from, among many others, Dimitri Vlassis, Chief of the Corruption and Economic Crime Branch at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), whose lecture will cover the Review Mechanism of the UN Convention against Corruption (UNCAC).

Christine Uriarte, Senior Legal Analyst within the Anti-Corruption Division at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), will speak on successes and challenges in fighting foreign bribery through the lens of the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention. 

Michael Johnston, Distinguished Professor at IACA and Professor of Political Science, Emeritus, at Colgate University, will cover political will, transparency, and “magical thinking” in relation to anti-corruption efforts. Prof. Johnston articulates some of his thoughts on this matter in this article.

Business ethics will also feature in the programme, with Guido Palazzo, Professor of Business Ethics at the University of Lausanne, speaking on the topic From Yale to Jail: Why Good Managers Make Unethical Decisions.

Another highlight of the Summer Academy is the session on Investigating a Secret Crime that leaves no Fingerprints by Rebecca B.L. Li, anti-corruption and corporate governance consultant and former acting Head of Operations of the Hong Kong Independent Commission Against Corruption.

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In addition, Alexey Konov, Director of Anti-Corruption and Education Centre of the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration, will lecture on The Splendours and Miseries of Anti-Corruption Compliance.

See the full Summer Academy programme and browse the list of lecturers here.

In addition, the session offers important networking opportunities including dinners, other social events, and also excursions to Vienna and the picturesque Wachau Danube region.

Almost 500 participants from 118 countries and jurisdictions have already benefited from the Summer Academy to date. Read more about the programme and how you can apply here.

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