Chinese Minister of Supervision Visits IACA

A high-level delegation led by H.E. Mr. Huang Shuxian, Minister of Supervision of the People’s Republic of China, visited IACA today to discuss issues of mutual interest and explore areas of possible partnership and cooperation.

The Minister is presently visiting Europe and, inter alia, also participated in last week’s Anti-Corruption Summit: London 2016.

H.E. Mr. Huang provided an overview of the progress China has made in tackling corruption, with an emphasis on the country’s “Tigers and Flies” strategy of pursuing corruption cases at all levels, involving both senior and low-ranking officials. The upcoming G20 Summit in Hangzhou in September 2016 was also mentioned, reflecting China’s position as the current chair of the G20 and its vital role in contributing to global economic development.

Martin Kreutner, IACA’s Dean and Executive Secretary, outlined the Academy’s current anti-corruption activities and highlighted the importance of international cooperation, in particular in the areas of prevention, capacity-building, research, and asset recovery. In this context, the meeting also discussed possible collaboration between Chinese academic institutions and IACA on multilateral academic projects, as well as the idea of a joint anti-corruption initiative for China and other Asian countries.

The People's Republic of China acceded to the Agreement for the Establishment of IACA as an International Organization in September 2014.

MACS 2015-2017 Class on Campus

Students from IACA’s 2015 - 2017 Master in Anti-Corruption Studies (MACS) programme are back on campus for the in-class part of Module III, “Economics of Corruption”. The participants come from 17 countries around the world, including Liberia, Japan, Denmark, China, India, the United States, Malawi, Brazil, and Austria.

This module takes an in-depth look at topics such as behavioural and institutional economics, theory of corruption and law enforcement, and consequences of corruption.

Among the lecturers for this session, which runs from 2 – 13 May, are Tina Søreide (University of Bergen), Johann Graf Lambsdorff (University of Passau), and Bruce Horowitz (Paz Horowitz Abogados, Quito, Ecuador).

The highlights of this module include an Ethics Hike and simulation games with Professor Lambsdorff, as well as a football match refereed by Drago Kos (Chair of the OECD Working Group on Bribery and also a former professional referee) between the MACS students and IACA staff. The students won 2:0.

The MACS is a two-year programme consisting of seven modules and a master thesis and is specifically designed for working professionals. The application period for the 2016 – 2018 class, which starts in October this year, runs until 31 May. For more information and to apply, please click here.

IACA Delivers Tailor-made Seminar for Siemens

IACA is currently delivering an on-campus training programme for 21 senior Siemens compliance professionals from around the world.

The five-day seminar focuses on international best practices and new approaches in the fields of anti-corruption and compliance. It explores topics such as measuring corruption, with an emphasis on the limitations and challenges, patterns of choice in behavioural sciences, and the economic, legal, and ethical dimensions of compliance. Consisting of lectures and case-study analyses, the programme takes an interactive approach to learning and sharing of experience.

The training began with a teambuilding exercise, followed by sessions with several internationally renowned experts, such as: Caroline Nicholas (UNCITRAL), Odell Guyton (JABIL), Mary Gentile (Babson College), Johann Graf Lambsdorff (University of Passau), Katherine Hall (Australian National University), Matthias Sutter (University of Cologne), Roderick Macauley (Ministry of Justice - UK), and Luis Moreno Ocampo (former Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court).

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 will deliver about a dozen such trainings in the coming months, including one later in May for participants from Eurasian Economic Union Member States.

For more information on IACA’s tailor-made trainings, click here.

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The 34th Cambridge International Symposium on Economic Crime will take place from 4 to 11 September 2016 at Jesus College, University of Cambridge.

IACA is co-sponsoring this non-profit event for the fourth year in a row, along with many other academic institutions and government and non-government agencies.

This year’s topic, “Economic Crime – where does the buck stop?” will focus on dealing with malpractice and accountability within business structures. The conference will discuss instability, weakened security, and slower development — all byproducts of misconduct — as well as the path to re-establishing integrity.

Martin Kreutner, Dean and Executive Secretary of IACA, and Nikos Passas, the Academy’s Distinguished Inaugural Professor of Collective Action, Business Ethics and Compliance, will deliver keynote speeches. Overall, more than 600 specialists from around the world have been invited to share their experiences with participants from about 100 countries. Comprising plenary sessions, workshops, and think-tanks, the symposium takes a broad approach to reaching co-operative and preventative solutions.

The registration deadline for this event is 19 August. For detailed programme information, including a complete list of speakers, please click here.

Chinese Ambassador Presents Credentials

On 3 May, H.E. Mr. Zhongjun Shi, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the People’s Republic of China to the International Organizations in Vienna, presented his credentials to Martin Kreutner, Dean and Executive Secretary of IACA.

The People's Republic of China acceded to the Agreement for the Establishment of IACA as an International Organization in September 2014.

Senior Bhutanese Officials Visit IACA

A delegation from the Royal Civil Service Commission (RCSC) of the Kingdom of Bhutan, led by Chairperson Dasho Karma Tshiteem, paid a courtesy visit to IACA on Thursday. The meeting took place within the framework of the delegation’s visit to Austria, which was supported by the Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs and the Austrian Development Agency (ADA).

Martin Kreutner, Dean and Executive Secretary of IACA, provided an overview of the Academy’s mandate and activities and discussed possibilities for cooperation between IACA and the Kingdom of Bhutan. The importance of good governance, robust institutions, and integrity in public administration in the context of working towards the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was highlighted.

The RCSC delegation heard about the Academy’s upcoming programmes and trainings, including, among others, Anti-Corruption in Local Governance TrainingProcurement Anti-Corruption Training, and the Master in Anti-Corruption Studies (MACS).

In addition, the Bhutanese delegation was made aware of scholarships and tuition fee waivers for IACA programmes and trainings that are available to citizens of Least Developed Countries (LDCs), as defined by the United Nations, and to citizens of other jurisdictions determined by the specific donor.

The meeting also discussed the potential future accession of the Kingdom of Bhutan to the Agreement for the Establishment of IACA as an International Organization.

Tailor-made Training for the ACRC of the Republic of Korea

IACA is currently delivering a five-day, on-campus training programme for a delegation from the Anti-Corruption and Civil Rights Commission (ACRC) of the Republic of Korea.

The tailor-made training, which runs from 21 - 27 April, covers anti-corruption topics such as public procurement, fraud prevention, comparative anti-corruption policies, and organizational integrity. The itinerary also includes study visits to the Public Prosecutor’s Office for White-Collar Crime and Corruption (WKStA) in Vienna, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), and the Federal Bureau of Anti-Corruption (BAK) of the Federal Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Austria.

Contributing to the programme are three external and three internal lecturers. The external experts are Johannes Schnitzer (Schnitzer Law), Jeroen Maesschalck (Leuven Institute of Criminology), and Georg Krakow (Baker & McKenzie). The IACA lecturers are Martin Kreutner, Dean and Executive Secretary, Godwin Oche, Senior Academic Expert, and Jongsam Yang, a Senior Academic Expert seconded from the ACRC. At the Commission, Mr. Yang was Senior Director charged with tasks including anti-corruption legislation, integrity assessments, and whistleblower protection.

This is the latest in a series of tailor-made trainings that IACA has delivered for the ACRC, with which it signed a Memorandum of Understanding in 2012. In addition, Ms. Young Ran Kim, Chairperson of the ACRC, served in her individual capacity as a member of IACA’s Board of Governors from 2012 to 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. The Academy will deliver about a dozen such trainings in the coming months, including one in May for participants from Eurasian Economic Union Member States.

For more information on tailor-made training programmes, click here.

MACS Open Days at IACA: 3 and 11 May

Professionals interested in IACA’s Master in Anti-Corruption Studies (MACS) programme are warmly invited to an Open Day at the Academy on either 3 or 11 May.

On both days, participants will meet the MACS team, talk with current students from the 2015 – 2017 programme, and attend a MACS class with a world-renowned professor. Those coming on 3 May will have a class with Tina Søreide (Norway), while the 11 May session will feature Johann Graf Lambsdorff (Germany).

Attendees must be qualified to apply to the MACS programme and should register by sending their CV to macs2016@iaca.int, indicating which Open Day they would like to attend. For more information, please click here.

The MACS is a two-year programme consisting of seven modules and a master thesis, and is specifically designed for working professionals. The application deadline for the 2016 – 2018 MACS, which starts in autumn 2016, is 31 May.

IACA Panel Discussion at the OECD Integrity Forum

"Building Capacity for Collective Action" was the theme of an IACA panel discussion at the 2016 OECD Integrity Forum in Paris on Tuesday.

Moderated by Nikos Passas, IACA’s Distinguished Inaugural Professor of Collective Action, Business Ethics and Compliance, the event focused on practical ways to boost capacity-building and included contributions from several leading figures in the field.

The panellists were Gemma Aiolfi, Head of Compliance and Corporate Governance/Collective Action at the Basel Institute on Governance; Nicola Bonucci, Director and Accession Coordinator, Directorate for Legal Affairs, OECD; Roxana Family, Dean and Chair, Business Law and Ethics Department, Law Faculty of the University of Cergy-Pontoise (UCP), France; and Emmanuel Lulin, Senior Vice President and Chief Ethics Officer, L'Oréal.

Around the world, collective action is an increasingly important part of companies’ anti-corruption and compliance efforts. But building capacity remains a challenge. To help address this need, IACA is preparing to launch a second master’s programme on private-sector anti-corruption, compliance, and collective action.

Prof. Passas, a leading global authority on anti-corruption and international financial crime, will guide the build-up of the Academy’s research capabilities and master’s programme in this area. His professorship is co-funded by the Siemens Integrity Initiative.

IACA signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the OECD in July 2014 and continues to collaborate closely with the organization. Martin Kreutner, IACA’s Dean and Executive Secretary, pledged the Academy’s continued support for the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention at a Ministerial Meeting in Paris last month.

MACS Programme Comes to Brazil

Students from IACA’s 2014 - 2016 Master in Anti-Corruption Studies (MACS) programme have been in Brasilia, Brazil for the last two weeks attending the in-class part of Module VII on “Corruption Prevention and Progress”.

The module, which started on 4 April and ends today, is hosted by the Office of the Comptroller General (CGU) of Brazil. It opened with study visits to the CGU, the Office of the Prosecutor General, and the Federal Tribunal de Contos in Brasilia.

Combining lectures, workshops, panel discussions, and case studies, the module takes an integrated approach to learning. Topics covered include, among others, the role of anti-corruption in procurement, open government partnership and freedom of information, whistleblowers and their protection, and conflict of interest prevention.

Lecturers sharing their expertise include Max Kaiser Aranda from the Mexican Institute for Competitiveness (IMCO), Ronald MacLean-Abaroa, a five-time minister and four-time mayor of La Paz in Bolivia, Brazilian professors Eric Hadmann Jasper and Ivo Gico, and many others. The panel discussion on the Petrobras corruption case brought together the anti-corruption prosecutor, judge, Petrobras’ Chief Governance Officer, and government regulators to discuss its history and wide-ranging implications.

This is the first time that a MACS module is taking place in Latin America. It furthers the Academy’s progress in the region after the successful IACA Regional Summer Academy – Latin America in Buenos Aires, Argentina last year.

The MACS is a two-year programme consisting of seven modules and a master thesis, and is specifically designed for working professionals. The application deadline for the 2016 – 2018 MACS, which starts in autumn 2016, is 31 May.

For more information, please click here.

Procurement Anti-Corruption Training - Applications Open

IACA is inviting applications for the fourth edition of its Procurement Anti-Corruption Training, which will take place from 22 August to 16 September this year. The application deadline is 20 May.

Using theory and real-world insights, this four-week programme focuses on equipping professionals with sound anti-corruption strategies, and exposing them to the vulnerabilities of the public procurement process. Taught by leading experts Christopher Yukins of the George Washington University Law School and Max Kaiser Aranda from the Mexican Institute for Competitiveness (IMCO), the programme combines on-site training at the Academy with distance learning.

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

Professionals with a minimum of three (3) years of relevant work experience dealing with procurement issues are encouraged to apply. The programme is aimed at, among others, procurement officials, legal professionals, and compliance officials.

A limited number of scholarships and tuition fee waivers are available to citizens of Least Developed Countries (LDCs), as defined by the United Nations, and to citizens of other jurisdictions determined by the specific donor.

For more information and to apply, click here.

Malaysia Contributes 50,000 EUR to IACA

IACA has received a contribution of 50,000 EUR from the Government of Malaysia through the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to support the growing work of the Academy.

The money will go to IACA’s general budget and facilitate the implementation of its Work Programme 2014 – 2016, which was adopted by the Assembly of Parties in 2013.

Malaysia ratified the Agreement for the Establishment of IACA as an International Organization in November 2011. In addition, the MACC has hosted two modules of IACA’s Master in Anti-Corruption Studies (MACS) programme at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Academy, most recently in January 2016.

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