Tailor-made Training for Korean Government Officials

Officials from the Ministry of Personnel Management of the Republic of Korea and four other ministries completed a tailor-made training at IACA today.

The four-day programme, which began with a current overview of corruption, had a strong focus on the theme of conflict of interest. Participants also attended the “Best Of” seminar with Johann Graf Lambsdorff on 5 and 6 July.

Two IACA faculty members lectured during the training: Elena Helmer, Director of IACA’s Master in Anti-Corruption Studies (MACS) programme, and Jongsam Yang, Academic Advisor to Programmes and Activities. In addition, Dr. Rene Wenk from the Austrian Court of Audit led a session on the conflict of interest system in Austria.

For more information about IACA’s tailor-made trainings for organizations, corporations, or institutions, click here.

Johann Graf Lambsdorff Leads Sixth Best Of Seminar

International anti-corruption expert Johann Graf Lambsdorff gave IACA’s sixth “Best Of” seminar on 5 and 6 July to professionals from around the world.

Prof. Dr. Lambsdorff is globally recognized for his work on measuring corruption and the institutional and behavioural economics of reform. He previously designed the Corruption Perceptions Index on behalf of Transparency International.

In addition to presenting his pioneering research in the two-day seminar, he discussed the causes and consequences of corruption, as well as the costs of fighting it. Participants also went on an “Ethics Hike” around Laxenburg’s park, during which they discussed and analyzed a case study that raised ethical dilemmas. The main objective of the hike was to build reasoning and practical skills in the application of anti-corruption knowledge.

Prof. Dr. Lambsdorff holds a professorship in Economic Theory at the University of Passau and is one of IACA’s frequent visiting faculty, including in the Master in Anti-Corruption Studies (MACS) programme.

The “Best Of” series aims to give professionals further insight into improving the design, management, and sustainability of anti-corruption regimes. Each seminar is delivered by a preeminent anti-corruption authority who shares the “best of” his or her work in the field.

The five previous editions featured Luis Moreno Ocampo, the former Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Professor Michael Johnston (Colgate University), Professor Robert Klitgaard (Claremont Graduate University), Professor Bo Rothstein (University of Gothenburg), and Professor Susan Rose-Ackerman (Yale University).

IACA Dean Meets Austrian Interior Minister

Martin Kreutner, IACA’s Dean and Executive Secretary, met the Austrian Minister of the Interior, H.E. Mr. Wolfgang Sobotka, in Vienna on Monday to discuss issues of mutual interest, IACA – host-country relations, and possible future joint activities.

The meeting reaffirmed the strong ties between IACA and the Republic of Austria, which is one of the Academy’s initiating partners. Another prominent topic of discussion was the nexus between corruption and, respectively, security, the migration crisis, and development aid.

“The Republic of Austria is pleased to host the International Anti-Corruption Academy, IACA, as a centre of excellence for anti-corruption and compliance professionals. Today’s challenges in the national and international security environment, corruption being one of those, call for comprehensive and clear-cut solutions and cross-border cooperation in order to ensure peace and prosperity for our country, the European Union, and beyond,” H.E. Mr. Sobotka said.

“Strong host-country relations are the basis of every successful international organization. IACA is grateful for its close ties to, and the support from, the Republic of Austria and is looking forward to fostering these even more. We strongly subscribe to the broad implementation of IACA’s mission and goals, in particular in the context of the global Sustainable Development Agenda, but also in view of current transnational security threats and continuing economic uncertainty. Investing in anti-corruption education and empowerment is thus to be seen as an important step towards sustainable development, safeguarding human rights, and strengthening the rule of law,” Mr. Kreutner concluded.

The discussions also covered compliance standards in the private sector, as well as legal sponsorships in sport, cultural affairs, and social activities. IACA plans to launch a second master’s programme in 2017 on collective action, compliance, and (private sector) anti-corruption. In addition, IACA and the Federal Ministry of the Interior of Austria previously co-organized a forum at the Academy in December 2015 on compliance and sponsoring for senior corporate executives and public sector officials.

Start of the 2016 IACA Summer Academy

The sixth annual IACA Summer Academy opened on Friday evening with almost 80 anti-corruption and compliance professionals from 44 countries coming together in Laxenburg.

The opening ceremony and reception at the IACA campus marked the start of an intensive eight-day programme filled with interactive lectures, a round-table discussion, Q&A sessions, team-building activities, and social events.

In welcoming the participants, Martin Kreutner, IACA’s Dean and Executive Secretary, described the Summer Academy as “a marketplace for discussion and sharing experiences” in the tradition of the ancient Greek agora.

“We will provide you with different perspectives on anti-corruption, and you also bring huge experience to the Summer Academy,” Mr. Kreutner said. “So please do get involved, use the time for discussion and networking, and share your perspectives from your own countries and areas of focus.”

The IACA Summer Academy takes an interdisciplinary approach to the complex and multifaceted nature of corruption, combining anti-corruption theory and cutting-edge research. This year the Academy has again brought together a diverse group of top-tier faculty from around the world to lead the programme and offer unique outlooks on tackling corruption and managing compliance systems.

Since it began in 2011, the Summer Academy has empowered close to 350 professionals from more than 100 countries. The first five annual Summer Academies (2011-2015) were organized with the kind support of the Siemens Integrity Initiative.

This is just one of several programmes, trainings, and other activities taking place at IACA in July. Also on the agenda are a “Best Of” seminar with Johann Graf Lambsdorff (5 and 6 July), the third annual IACA Alumni Reunion (7 and 8 July), and the third Anti-Corruption in Local Governance Training (11 to 15 July). In addition, the 2015 - 2017 Master in Anti-Corruption Studies (MACS) class will be at IACA from 25 July to 5 August for the in-class part of Module IV on Corruption, Law and International Initiatives.

We will publish regular updates about all these activities on IACA’s website and social media channels.

Tailor-made Training for Representatives of the Korean Energy Sector

IACA has just delivered a tailor-made training for a group of participants from the energy sector in the Republic of Korea.

The 19 representatives came from the Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power Company (KHNP), Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO), Korea Electric Power Corporation – Nuclear Fuel (KEPCO NF), and Korea Midland Power (KOMIPO).

The training, which ran from 16-22 June, focused on prominent anti-corruption topics such as fraud detection and prevention, international law, comparative policy studies, and organizational integrity. Participants had the opportunity to explore anti-corruption issues relevant to the energy sector through excursions to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

Several IACA faculty members lectured during the training: Martin Kreutner, Dean and Executive Secretary, Yoojin Choi, Head of the Programmes and Activities Department, Jongsam Yang, Academic Advisor to Programmes and Activities, and Elena Helmer, Director of IACA’s Master in Anti-Corruption Studies (MACS) programme. Two external lecturers, Georg Krakow (Baker & McKenzie) and Davide Torsello (Central European University), led sessions dedicated to analyzing corruption prevention and integrity.

IACA delivered a previous tailor-made training for the KHNP in September 2015.

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. For more information, click here.

President of NACC of Thailand Visits IACA

H.E. Pol. Gen. Watcharapol Prasarnrajkit, the newly elected President of the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) of the Kingdom of Thailand, paid his first visit to IACA today.

He was accompanied by three NACC Commissioners as well as other representatives of the Commission.

The meeting covered the Academy’s most recent activity in the international anti-corruption field, as well as its open and tailor-made trainings, academic programmes, research initiatives, and alumni network. Areas of possible further cooperation between the two institutions were also explored.

IACA has enjoyed a close relationship with the NACC since 2010, when the two organizations entered into a Memorandum of Understanding. Since then, the Academy has delivered two tailor-made trainings for the Commission (in 2013 and 2014), and a third is scheduled for August 2016.

In addition, two former NACC Commissioners currently serve on IACA’s Boards in their personal capacities. Prof. Dr. Pakdee Pothisiri is Vice Chairperson of IACA’s Board of Governors, and Prof. Vicha Mahakun is a member of its International Senior Advisory Board.

The Kingdom of Thailand has been a Party to the Agreement for the Establishment of IACA as an International Organization since 2011 and hosted IACA’s second Assembly of Parties in Bangkok in 2013.

IACA and Romania Discuss Further Cooperation

An IACA delegation led by Martin Kreutner, Dean and Executive Secretary, has concluded a series of meetings with high-ranking Romanian officials aimed at strengthening the country’s long-standing cooperation with the Academy.

On 13 June Mr. Kreutner had a meeting in Vienna with H.E. Mr. Lazăr Comănescu, Romania’s Minister of Foreign Affairs. Discussions focused on the important role IACA can play as a platform for dialogue and learning and as a forum for Romania to share its experiences in the fight against corruption.

This followed an IACA working visit to Bucharest from 8-10 June that included meetings with representatives of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Justice, Internal Affairs, and Regional Development and Public Administration, as well as the National Anti-corruption Directorate (DNA) and the National Integrity Agency (ANI).

The meetings looked at possible further joint anti-corruption initiatives, which could be in a multilateral framework and/or in partnership with some of Romania’s neighbouring countries. Another theme was closer collaboration on the Academy’s programmes and trainings in various areas including ethics and integrity. These could potentially benefit a wide range of anti-corruption and compliance professionals, including Romanian civil servants and local government officials.

In addition, Mr. Kreutner addressed the Chief Executive Officers’ Club Romania on the topic of corruption in the private sector, engaging in an interactive discussion with leaders of Romanian companies and multinational firms operating in the country. He also outlined IACA’s plans to launch a second master’s programme in 2017 on collective action, compliance, and (private sector) anti-corruption.

Romania was one of the first states to sign the IACA Agreement and became a Party in 2011. For the past several years the country has provided the Academy with annual financial contributions and seconded staff, and has sent participants to its programmes and trainings. A Romanian expert currently sits on IACA’s International Academic Advisory Board and another was a member of the Board of Governors from 2012-2015, in both cases serving in their individual capacities.

MACS 2016 - Apply by 30 June

Owing to continued strong demand, eligible candidates now have until 30 June to apply for IACA’s fourth Master in Anti-Corruption Studies (MACS) programme, which starts in October 2016.

Consisting of seven intensive modules and a master thesis, the MACS is a two-year, in-career programme for working professionals who wish to remain fully employed while pursuing their degree. Each module combines distance learning with a two-week in-class session at IACA's campus in Laxenburg, Austria, or other locations worldwide.

Focusing on an advanced study of anti-corruption and compliance, the MACS was developed against an interdisciplinary background of theoretical and practical approaches, drawing on the best of the public sector and the business world. The professors are an international “Who’s Who” in the field, and students develop a strong professional network that will help them during and after their studies.

The MACS programme is formally recognized under the laws of IACA’s seat state, Austria, in accordance with the European Bologna Process. MACS graduates receive a Master of Arts degree (M.A.) in Anti-Corruption Studies, which includes 120 ECTS credits (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) and enables enrolment in Ph.D. programmes.

More information about the MACS, including the views of current and former students, is available here. In addition, please feel free to e-mail the MACS team at macs2016@iaca.int, and visit the MACS Facebook page.

Tailor-made Training for the Audit Board of the Republic of Indonesia

A group of officials from the Audit Board of the Republic of Indonesia (BPK) is currently on campus attending an IACA tailor-made training.

The workshop, which runs from 23 May – 3 June, focuses on pertinent public-sector auditing issues such as fraud detection and prevention, corruption measurement and accountability, procurement, and tools for restoring institutional integrity. Structured to foster interaction, the programme combines seminars, case studies, teambuilding activities, and social events.

IACA lecturers Martin Kreutner (Dean and Executive Secretary), Yoojin Choi (Head of the Programmes and Activities Department), and Godwin Oche (Senior Academic Expert) opened the training by providing an overview of the latest global anti-corruption research and trends.

The group is also hearing from prominent lecturers in the field, including Vladimir Lafitsky (substitute member of the Venice Commission representing the Russian Federation), Johannes Schnitzer (Schnitzer Law), Caroline Nicholas (UNCITRAL), Mushtaq Khan (SOAS, University of London), Georg Krakow (Baker & McKenzie), Jo Kremers (Central Audit Service, Ministry of Finance of the Netherlands), Jeroen Maesschalck (Leuven Institute of Criminology), and Mikhail Reider-Gordon (a disputes and investigations specialist).

IACA has organized study excursions for participants to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the Austrian Court of Audit (ACA), and the Austrian Public Prosecutor’s Office for White-Collar Crime and Corruption (WKStA). This is the second tailor-made training delivered by IACA for the BPK following an earlier session in October 2015.

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. For more information, click here.

Corruption and Terrorism: Understanding the Links

IACA highlighted the links between corruption and terrorism during the 25th session of the United Nations’ Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ) in Vienna this week.

The session focused on how to prevent and counter terrorism, including the financing of it. IACA’s statement during the thematic discussion (available below) emphasized that effectively combating terrorism involves addressing its many root causes, one of the biggest of which is corruption. Understanding the links between corruption and terrorism, and exploring new ways of tackling these two challenges, is therefore crucial.

Within the framework of the CCPCJ, IACA and the OECD held an extremely well-attended joint side event on 26 May on "Terrorism and Corruption". The discussion was moderated by Mr. Martin Kreutner, IACA’s Dean and Executive Secretary, and featured several distinguished speakers: Mr. Patrick Moulette, Head of the Anti-Corruption Division, Directorate for Financial and Enterprise Affairs, OECD; Ms. Candice Welsch, Chief of Implementation Support Section, Corruption and Economic Crime Branch, UNODC; H.E. Mr. Cristian Istrate, Chair of the Security Committee of the OSCE; and Prof. Nikos Passas, IACA’s Distinguished Inaugural Professor of Collective Action, Business Ethics, and Compliance.

On 25 May, IACA hosted a briefing for Permanent Missions on recent institutional developments, programmes, and trainings, including plans to launch a second master’s programme in 2017 on collective action, compliance, and (private sector) anti-corruption.

In addition, the Bureau of the fourth session of IACA's Assembly of Parties (AoP) met this week to discuss preparations for the upcoming session(s) of the AoP. The meeting was chaired by the Bureau’s Presidency (Nigeria), and was attended by the Vice-Presidencies (Austria and Malaysia) and the Rapporteurs (Brazil and Slovakia).

pdfIACA CCPCJ Statement May 2016

Tailor-made Training for EAEU Practitioners

A group of anti-corruption and compliance professionals from Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) Member States is at IACA this week for a tailor-made training.

The three-day programme, which runs from 25 - 27 May and is co-sponsored by the Russian Federation, is designed to build a common knowledge base and strengthen regional capacities to effectively prevent and combat corruption.

Topics include corruption in the EAEU, the shadow economy and corruption, governance and anti-corruption, public procurement and model laws, and public-private partnerships (collective action). The training also includes case studies and a study visit to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) for an overview of international legal instruments against corruption.

The 27 participants come from the public and private sectors and civil society. They will hear from five external lecturers: Vladimir Lafitsky (substitute member of the Venice Commission representing the Russian Federation), Mushtaq Khan (SOAS, University of London), Johannes Schnitzer (Schnitzer Law), Samira Musayeva (UNCITRAL), and Nadejda Komendantova (IIASA). The training also features a half-day session led by Nikos Passas, IACA’s Distinguished Inaugural Professor of Collective Action, Business Ethics and Compliance.

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. The Academy has already delivered several such trainings in 2016, and about a dozen more are scheduled for the coming months.

For more information on the Academy’s tailor-made training programmes, click here.

IACA Board of Governors Meets

The IACA Board of Governors held its latest meeting at the Academy’s campus in Laxenburg on 19 May.

During the meeting the Board discussed the latest developments in the anti-corruption and compliance arena as well as IACA’s new programmes and (academic) activities—including plans to launch a second master’s programme in 2017 on collective action, compliance, and (private sector) anti-corruption.

The agenda included discussions and preparations regarding the Work Programme 2017-2019, with related budget deliberations. In addition, the Board reflected upon the preparatory work for constituency meetings and the next session of IACA’s Assembly of Parties. 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 six other members of the Board, including its Vice Chairperson Prof. Pakdee Pothisiri.

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