IACA Deepens Cooperation with the United Nations

IACA is further intensifying its cooperation with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), which was one of the Academy’s initiating partners.

For that reason IACA — in consultation with the UN Secretary-General — has opened a Permanent Observer Office with the United Nations (Vienna).

In this context Mr. Martin Kreutner, IACA’s Dean and Executive Secretary, presented his credentials on 18 October to H.E. Mr. Yury Fedotov, Director-General of the United Nations Office at Vienna (UNOV).

IACA Signs MoU with National Council of Public Prosecution of Brazil

IACA today concluded a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the National Council of Public Prosecution of Brazil (CNMP), the body that serves as the external control of the country’s Prosecution Service.

The MoU, which sets the overall framework for cooperation between the two institutions, was signed by Mr. Martin Kreutner, IACA’s Dean and Executive Secretary, and Mr. Rodrigo Janot Monteiro de Barros, President of the CNMP.

Forms of cooperation under the MoU may include, inter alia, joint projects aimed at preventing and combating corruption, information sharing, promoting capacity- and institution-building programmes in anti-corruption, making use of each other’s professional networks, and other forms of technical assistance.

One possible joint project is a future IACA Regional Summer Academy in Brazil with the participation of local and international lecturers. This would serve as a follow-up to the Master in Anti-Corruption Studies (MACS) module that took place in Brasilia in April 2016 and build further on the Academy’s existing fruitful cooperation with the country.

Over the last several years IACA has concluded MoUs with partners from around the world. For more details of these, please click here.

17th Conference of International Investigators Draws to a Successful Close

Some 130 internal investigators and representatives from almost 50 international organizations came to IACA last week for the 17th Conference of International Investigators (CII).

The event ended on 7 October after three days of lively discussion of issues such as organizational ethics, corruption and security, whistle-blowing policies, and staff misconduct investigations.

The agenda featured renowned moderators, speakers, and panellists from within the investigative network and beyond. There was a strong emphasis on best practices and new developments, and feedback at the end of the conference was highly positive.

After an opening keynote address last Wednesday from Professor Manfred Nowak on corruption and human rights, participants debated and networked in plenary sessions, workshops, and traditional Austrian social events. The conference was preceded by a two-day training programme.

Among the dozens of organizations represented were the UN, World Bank, World Health Organization, European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF), European Investment Bank, and African Development Bank.

The CII was established in 1999 with the objective of assisting investigators and their offices in the professional conduct of their work, and to support their role in developing, maintaining, and improving the integrity of their organizations.

It is represented by the investigative office or function of participating international organizations, as established by a treaty or other instrument governed by international law and possessing their own international legal personality.

The 18th CII Conference in 2017 will be hosted by the New York-based UN organizations.

For more information, please visit www.conf-int-investigators.org.

Anti-corruption and Human Rights: the CII at IACA

The 17th Conference of International Investigators (CII) got underway at IACA’s Laxenburg campus this week with a keynote address from Professor Manfred Nowak on corruption and human rights.

Prof. Nowak, Director of the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights in Vienna and former UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment, opened the three-day conference on Wednesday by delivering the Franz-Hermann Brüner Memorial Lecture.

Mr. Brüner, who died in 2010, was the first Director-General of the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) and one of the driving forces behind the establishment of what would become IACA. He was also the first Chairman of the CII and its Secretariat.

This year’s conference, which was preceded by a two-day training programme, brought together internal investigators and representatives from numerous international organizations such as the UN, World Bank, World Health Organization, European Investment Bank, and African Development Bank. The agenda featured renowned moderators, speakers, and panellists from within the investigative network and beyond.

The lecture by Prof. Nowak highlighted the nexus between fighting corruption and protecting human rights, a theme that IACA has also emphasized – and received tribute for - in various international fora.

In the context of human rights, the importance of the Academy’s programmes and trainings was explicitly recognized by Resolution 29/11 of the Human Rights Council of the United Nations General Assembly, adopted in Geneva on 2 July 2015. In recognizing the negative impact of corruption on human rights and sustainable development and the importance of anti-corruption education in combating corruption, the resolution noted with appreciation the capacity-building activities and specialized curricula developed by relevant institutions, such as IACA and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

Prof. Nowak’s contribution also reinforced IACA’s strong links with the University of Vienna. IACA faculty frequently lecture in the University’s Master of Arts in Human Rights programme at the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute, while experts from the Institute support IACA’s Master in Anti-Corruption Studies (MACS). Other areas of cooperation between the two organizations include, inter alia, thesis supervision, library access, and mutual participation in examinations as external experts.

Kingdom of Bahrain Joins IACA

With the accession of the Kingdom of Bahrain to the Agreement for the Establishment of IACA as an International Organization, the Academy’s constituency grows to 69 Parties.

In the framework of his visit to Vienna to officially deposit his country’s instrument of accession to the IACA Agreement, H.E. Dr. Yusuf Abdulkarim Bucheeri, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of Bahrain to the International Organizations in Vienna, also paid a courtesy visit on Tuesday to Martin Kreutner, IACA’s Dean and Executive Secretary.

Besides other topics of common interest discussed during the meeting, the Ambassador handed over a duplicate of the instrument of accession signed by H.E. Mr. Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Bahrain.

The Agreement remains open for accession to all United Nations Member States and international organizations.

IACA Board of Governors Convenes

The IACA Board of Governors convened for this year’s third meeting on 29 September at the Academy’s premises in Laxenburg.

During the meeting the Board acknowledged the report of the Independent External Audit of IACA’s financial statements 2015, carried out by a collegium of independent senior auditors from Pakistan, Indonesia, and the Russian Federation. This external audit statement was formally approved by the Board.

Furthermore, the agenda included substantive preparatory work for the 5th session of the Assembly of Parties in November, discussions on the next Work Programme, and review of IACA’s latest (academic) activities such as progress on preparation for the launch of a second master’s programme on collective action, compliance, and (private- sector) anti-corruption.

The meeting was chaired by Mr. Eduardo Vetere, Former Director of the Division for Treaty Affairs at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), and brought together seven other members of the Board, including its Vice Chairperson, Prof. Pakdee Pothisiri (Thailand).

Australian State Parliamentarians Visit IACA

A delegation of parliamentarians from the Australian state of Victoria visited IACA on Monday to discuss common objectives and areas of possible cooperation in the fight against corruption.

The group was led by Hon. Mr. Kimberley Wells, a Liberal Party MP and Chair of the Independent Broad-based Anti-Corruption Commission Committee (IBACC), one of nine joint investigatory committees of the Parliament of Victoria.

The IBACC’s main function is to monitor, review, and report to the state Parliament on the performance of the Independent Broad-based Anti-Corruption Commission (IBAC). This is Victoria’s anti-corruption agency and is tasked with investigating serious corruption and police misconduct.

Discussion themes at the meeting included the value of independent anti-corruption authorities such as the IBAC, as well as the importance of assessment tools such as benchmarking and key performance indicators. In a broader context, the role of politics in preventing corruption and the effect of anti-corruption on social change were also addressed.

Martin Kreutner, Dean and Executive Secretary of IACA, outlined the Academy’s mandate as an international organization and updated the parliamentarians on its current activities. These include the upcoming fourth intake of IACA’s Master in Anti-Corruption Studies and the forthcoming Master in Anti-Corruption, Compliance and Collective Action, as well as a wide range of standardized and tailor-made trainings.

Australia has been a Party to IACA since 2012.

5th Annual Anti-Bribery & Corruption Forum: Register Now

IACA is pleased to support the 5th Annual Anti-Bribery & Corruption Forum, which will take place from 13 to 14 October in London.

The forum aims to bring together professionals from multiple industries to examine the latest regulatory and law enforcement strategies in the field of anti-bribery and corruption, as well as best compliance practices.

This year’s event will take a closer look at topical issues including OECD and EU anti-bribery strategies and priorities, the US FCPA and its impact on Europe, the overlap of corruption and financial crime, novel methods of training and awareness, minimizing the risk of exposure to corruption in emerging markets with a focus on the Middle East and Africa, and third party risk management oversight.

For more information and to register, please visit www.amlpforum.com/abc-forum.

IACA Makes a Successful Debut in Eastern Africa

IACA’s Regional Summer Academy – Eastern Africa reached a successful conclusion last Friday, receiving positive feedback from anti-corruption and compliance professionals in numerous countries and sectors.

“Thank you for such an excellent training programme. It was well organized and the lecturers were exceptionally well selected,” said Queen Kashimbo Chibwe, a Senior Community Education Officer at the Anti-Corruption Commission of Zambia.

Fred Anyaja, a programme officer and investigation focal point with Oxfam in South Sudan, commented that the Regional Summer Academy – Eastern Africa “was the best experience of some of our lives and it’s my belief that our paths will definitely cross in the near future”.

The programme—the Academy’s first in Africa—took place from 3 to 9 September in Kampala, Uganda, bringing together 60 professionals from the East Africa region and Burkina Faso. In addition to lectures and seminars, participants engaged in teambuilding activities, group work, and social events, as well as a round-table discussion on the theme of “Political Will and the Fight against Corruption in Africa”.

Led by academics and practitioners with extensive hands-on experience in the region, the course explored topics including institutional integrity, measuring corruption, law enforcement, resistance to political corruption, monitoring and compliance, and regional lessons and best practices.

The IACA Regional Summer Academy - Eastern Africa was funded by the Austrian Development Cooperation, in cooperation with IACA.

Inspired by IACA’s annual Summer Academy, the Regional Summer Academy addresses corruption problems with the aim of developing long-term, regionally applicable counter-strategies. The first edition took place in Buenos Aires, Argentina last year with a focus on fighting and preventing corruption in Latin America.

Republic of the Sudan Joins IACA

IACA’s membership grew again on 6 September with the accession of the Republic of the Sudan to the Agreement for the Establishment of IACA as an International Organization.

The Academy now has a constituency of 68 Parties, consisting of 65 states and three international organizations.

The Agreement remains open for accession to all United Nations Member States and international organizations.

IACA Delivers Procurement Anti-Corruption Training

The on-site part of IACA’s Procurement Anti-Corruption Training is underway, with participants from 12 countries around the globe on campus from 5 to 9 September. They come from public institutions, anti-corruption authorities, government ministries, and the NGO sector.

This annual programme, now in its fourth year, trains professionals in practical strategies for highlighting risks and reducing corruption in public procurement. It is taught by leading experts Prof. Christopher Yukins from the George Washington University Law School and Max Kaiser Aranda from the Mexican Institute for Competitiveness (IMCO), both of whom are frequent visiting IACA faculty.

The four-week training opened on 22 August with a two-week home-based phase, followed by the current on-site part in Laxenburg. The classroom sessions include team exercises addressing key issues in procurement and corruption, such as corruption during emergencies, electronic reverse auctions, and corporate compliance. Other topics include contract formation and performance, bribery and collusion, investigations, transparency, UN conventions, potential impact on human rights, and conflicts of interest.

The training concludes with a further week of distance learning ending on 16 September, during which time each participant will finalize a paper recommending a plausible anti-corruption strategy and describing how it would be executed in his or her country.

Participants who successfully complete the programme will receive 6 ECTS credits under the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System.

Procurement Anti-Corruption Training is open to professionals from around the world who have a minimum of three years’ work experience dealing with procurement issues. For more information, please click here.

IACA Co-sponsors Cambridge Symposium on Economic Crime

IACA is co-sponsoring the Cambridge International Symposium on Economic Crime for the fourth year in a row and provided two keynote speakers in the first full day of proceedings on Monday.

Martin Kreutner, Dean and Executive Secretary of IACA, and Nikos Passas, the Academy’s Distinguished Inaugural Professor of Collective Action, Business Ethics and Compliance, both used their remarks to underscore the parallels between IACA’s mission and the theme of this year’s Symposium.

The 2016 gathering, which runs from 4 to 11 September, has the title of “Economic Crime – where does the buck stop?” It aims to highlight challenges in attributing responsibility for criminal misconduct related to economic crime and corruption.

Around 1,600 participants from nearly 100 countries are attending this year’s Symposium. More details are available here.

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