IACA Regional Summer Academy - Latin America: Register by 16 October

The IACA Regional Summer Academy - Latin America has a new registration deadline of 16 October and will feature leading international anti-corruption experts such as Guillermo Jorge, Max Kaiser Aranda, Robert Klitgaard, Ronald MacLean-Abaroa, and Luis Moreno Ocampo.

The programme will take place in Buenos Aires, Argentina from 21 to 27 November 2015 and is aimed at anti-corruption professionals seeking to sharpen their work in this part of the world.

For more information, please click here (English) and here (Spanish).

IACA Dean Addresses UN Sustainable Development Summit

Martin Kreutner, Dean and Executive Secretary of IACA, has welcomed the ambitious new global sustainable development agenda but urged world leaders to strengthen the fight against corruption in order to effectively and efficiently implement it.

On 25 September, the United Nations General Assembly in New York formally adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, with 17 goals and 169 targets to transform the world in the next 15 years.

17 SDGs 2015Speaking in the high-level plenary session of the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit that same day, Mr. Kreutner said that the world must take two closely interrelated journeys between now and 2030 - one to jointly work towards fulfilment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and one to equally multiply existing anti-corruption efforts. These two journeys, he said, should ideally be “one comprehensive avenue, one compass for actions that sets our trajectory and shines the light for the way forward”.

4 Angelique Kidjo 250915Describing corruption as “an evil that knows no boundaries”, he emphasized that empowering anti-corruption professionals across the globe through education is crucial if the SDGs are to be met. A full transcript of his speech is available for download below.

5 SDGs on UNHQ 250915During the summit, Mr. Kreutner also contributed to the debates in Interactive Dialogue 6 on a strengthened global partnership to realize the new post-2015 development agenda, and held a press conference for international journalists. He had numerous bilateral meetings with high-level officials, including Mr. Wu Hongbo, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), Mr. Abdul Latif bin Rashid Al Zayani, Secretary General of The Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC), and other representatives of Member States present at the UN Summit.

6 Malala Yousefzai 250915Several speakers (Heads of State and Government, and Ministers) mentioned corruption as a threat to development and said governments have to embrace transparency, open governance, and the rule of law for the successful implementation of the SDGs.

7 UNSG 250915The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, arrived at after months of intense final negotiations, was adopted as world leaders, heads of global institutions, and other dignitaries came together at the United Nations for its landmark 70th anniversary session. Among the 17 goals to be met over the next 15 years are complete poverty eradication, zero hunger, quality education, gender equality, climate action, and clean water and sanitation.

8 Pope Francis 250915Goal 16 on “Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions” contains explicit targets such as “Substantially reduce corruption and bribery in all their forms”, “Develop effective, accountable and transparent institutions at all levels”, “Promote the rule of law at the national and international levels and ensure equal access to justice for all”, and “Ensure public access to information and protect fundamental freedoms, in accordance with national legislation and international agreements”.

Statement by Martin Kreutner, at the UN Sustainable Development Summit

Draft outcome document of the United Nations summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda


IACA mourns the death of Anthony Kevin Morais

IACA has learned with great sadness of the death of Anthony Kevin Morais, a deputy public prosecutor in Malaysia who was a lecturer on the Academy’s first Master in Anti-Corruption Studies (MACS) programme.

Malaysian police have said Mr. Morais, who was previously a senior official at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) for ten years, was abducted and brutally murdered earlier this month. Media sources in Kuala Lumpur have reported on possible links between Mr. Morais's disappearance and murder and a high-profile corruption case that he was prosecuting in the country.

In May 2014 Mr. Morais lectured during Module VI of the 2012 – 2014 MACS programme, which focused on enforcement and was delivered at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Academy in Kuala Lumpur. Participants greatly appreciated his highly capable, knowledgeable, and approachable style, as well as his humble and inspiring approach.

IACA and the MACS 2012 – 2014 class express their deepest condolences to Mr. Morais’s family and his colleagues at the MACC.

IACA at the Siemens Compliance Summit

IACA’s Dean and Executive Secretary, Martin Kreutner, spoke about “Compliance of the Future” at the Siemens Compliance Management Summit 2015 in Berlin yesterday.

Mr. Kreutner was a panellist in a wide-ranging discussion about the challenges facing corporate compliance. Topics included doing business in emerging markets, regulatory trends, finding the right mix of specialists and generalists, the structure of corporate compliance departments, and the role of education and training.

“High-quality training for corporate compliance officers can make a substantial difference around the world, not only in building and strengthening a compliance culture, but also in its effective enforcement,” he said.

The discussion was moderated by Klaus Moosmayer, Siemens’ Chief Compliance Officer, Anti-Corruption Chair of the Business and Industry Advisory Committee at the OECD, and a frequent lecturer at IACA—most recently at the IACA Summer Academy in July.

IACA and Siemens continue to cooperate closely in empowering anti-corruption and compliance professionals.

In December 2014, the Siemens Integrity Initiative announced that it will support IACA’s activities with 4.98 million USD in the next four years. This is the largest donation made by the private sector so far to the Academy’s anti-corruption education and research.

In addition, the Siemens Integrity Initiative has co-sponsored IACA’s Summer Academy since 2011, allowing for subsidized fees for all participants and full scholarships for some from Least Developed Countries. This engagement has supported a total of 349 participants from 104 countries to attend the programme over five years.

The Siemens Integrity Initiative is part of the World Bank-Siemens comprehensive settlement. In 2009, the company launched a global initiative of 100 million USD to support organizations and projects which are dedicated to fighting corruption and fraud through collective action, education, and training. The World Bank has the audit rights over the use of all these funds.

IACA Dean & Executive Secretary Speaks at BCLS in New York

IACA’s Dean and Executive Secretary, Martin Kreutner, addressed leaders at the 10th Blouin Creative Leadership Summit (BCLS) in New York yesterday.

Speaking just days ahead of the United Nations summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda, he discussed corruption’s enduring stranglehold on human security and its critical link to sustainable development.

“International cooperation and anti-corruption education are key to tackling pressing socio-economic challenges, safeguarding human rights, and strengthening the rule of law”, he said.

Mr. Kreutner also touched upon the variety of technical assistance and capacity-building programmes IACA offers to empower professionals in their anti-corruption efforts, all of which contribute to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.

The BCLS has brought together over 100 leading figures in the areas of science, technology, culture, business, and politics to discuss global threats to humanity, as well as opportunities presented by new technology, developing political relationships, and other issues. The two-day event ends today.

High-level Chinese Delegation Visits IACA

A high-level delegation from the People’s Republic of China visited IACA on Wednesday, led by H.E. Ms. Hu Zejun, Executive Deputy Prosecutor General of the Supreme People’s Procuratorate.

The delegation also included Chief Prosecutors of the People’s Procuratorates of Tianjin Municipality, Guangdong Province, and Hainan Province, and other senior officials from the Supreme People’s Procuratorate.

The Chinese officials expressed a particular interest in IACA’s Master of Arts in Anti-Corruption Studies (MACS) programme. They also invited Martin Kreutner, the Dean and Executive Secretary of IACA, to the 2017 annual conference of the International Association of Prosecutors, which will be hosted by China.

Mr. Kreutner encouraged China to send a high-level representation to the fourth session of IACA’s Assembly of Parties, which will take place in Vienna, Austria, from 9 – 11 December 2015.

During the meeting the delegation spoke of the close and long-standing ties between China and IACA, and expressed its conviction that the Academy has a bright future. China acceded to the Agreement for the Establishment of IACA as an International Organization in September 2014.

IACA Welcomes Procurement Anti-Corruption Training Participants

The in-class part of IACA’s Procurement Anti-Corruption Training took place on campus last week, bringing together participants from around the world.

The one-month programme, which combines one week of on-site training at IACA with distance learning, aims to reduce corruption in public procurement by training professionals in sound anti-corruption strategies. This year’s programme runs from 24 August - 18 September, with the participants at IACA from 7 – 11 September.

The programme is taught by leading public procurement experts Christopher Yukins, the Lynn David Research Professor in Government Procurement Law at the George Washington University Law School, and Max Kaiser Aranda from the Center for Anti-Corruption Studies at the Instituto Tecnologico de Mexico. Both are frequent lecturers at IACA.

They were joined last week by three guest lecturers: Caroline Nicholas, Senior Legal Officer, International Trade Law Division, UNCITRAL Secretariat; Constantine Palicarsky from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC); and Johannes S. Schnitzer, Attorney-at-law at Schnitzer Law.

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.

Training for the Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power Company Starts

IACA’s latest tailor-made training started yesterday, designed for a group of representatives from the Republic of Korea’s Hydro and Nuclear Power Company (KHNP).

Yesterday’s sessions focused on trends and efforts in the prevention of and fight against corruption, delivered by IACA’s Oche Godwin and Elena Helmer. The programme continues with comparative analyses of anti-corruption policies and measures today, with IACA’s Jongsam Yang, before moving into a range of thematic issues next week, from public procurement to fraud prevention and organizational integrity.

Georg Krakow (Baker & McKenzie) as well as regular visiting lecturers Max Kaiser Aranda (Instituto Tecnologico de Mexico), Jeroen Maesschalck (Leuven Institute of Criminology), and Christopher Yukins (George Washington University Law School) will also be here to share their expertise.

New Programme, IACA Regional Summer Academy - Latin America

We are pleased to announce the launch of a new programme, IACA Regional Summer Academy – Latin America, taking place in Buenos Aires, Argentina from 21 to 27 November 2015. The application period opened today and closes on 1 October.

IACA Regional Summer Academy – Latin America is modelled on the successful annual IACA Summer Academy and specifically focuses on Latin America. The interdisciplinary programme prepares professionals to better assess cross-sectoral challenges, apply fresh ideas, and devise durable anti-corruption strategies in this part of the world.

Participants will have the opportunity to learn about the latest research and case studies from a team of internationally renowned professors and practitioners, exchange best practices with their diverse peers, and sharpen their work in Latin America. The curriculum combines theory and practice, with courses in economics, enforcement/prevention, ethics, integrity and compliance, law, political science, psychology and sociology.

Enrolment is open to Spanish-speaking professionals with a minimum of five years of relevant work experience in the private or public sector, international or non-governmental organizations. Media representatives, students and researchers in areas related to anti-corruption or compliance are also encouraged to apply.

The majority of the programme will be conducted in Spanish.

IACA Regional Summer Academy – Latin America is co-sponsored under the Siemens Integrity Initiative.

Fourth Assembly of Parties to take place in Vienna

The fourth session of IACA’s Assembly of Parties will take place in Vienna, Austria from 9 to 11 December 2015. Meeting annually, the Assembly serves as a forum for IACA’s Parties to consult on the overall policy of the Academy and other matters of interest.

Major topics on the agenda this year include Board of Governors elections, achievements in implementing the Work Programme 2014 - 2016, the 2016 budget, and fundraising.

To date, 64 Parties form part of IACA’s global constituency. States and international organizations wishing to be Parties in time for the fourth session and thus enjoy voting rights must deposit their respective instruments of ratification/accession by 9 October 2015. Non-Parties are welcome to attend as Observers.

As in previous years, the Assembly will feature a high-level segment where ministerial representation is encouraged, before moving into thematic discussion areas. The start of the session is on 9 December, International Anti-Corruption Day.

Interested organizations will also have the opportunity to host side events.

Detailed information on the Assembly of Parties will be circulated to delegations and also posted here. Please check back regularly for updates.

This is the second time that the Assembly of Parties is held in Vienna, where it first convened in 2012. In 2013 the event was hosted by the Kingdom of Thailand in Bangkok and in 2014 by the Republic of Azerbaijan in Baku.

Ambassador of Georgia Presents Credentials

On 10 August, H.E. Mr. Konstantine Zaldastanishvili, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Georgia to the International Organizations in Vienna, presented his credentials to Martin Kreutner, Dean and Executive Secretary of IACA.

Georgia acceded to the Agreement for the Establishment of IACA as an International Organization in March 2015.

IACA Welcomes MACS 2015 Class

The new Master in Anti-Corruption Studies (MACS) class, comprising 24 students from 18 countries around the world, came together at IACA for the first time on Monday. The students are on campus from 9 – 20 November for the in-class part of Module I, which focuses on Concepts and Issues in Corruption.

They come from Afghanistan, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Denmark, Ghana, India, Japan, Liberia, Malawi, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Uganda, United States, and Yemen. Their professional backgrounds are also diverse, including law enforcement, international organizations, the private sector, NGOs, and journalism.

Lecturers for this module are Professor Nikos Passas from Northeastern University in the United States (he is also a member of the MACS Academic Consortium), Professor Jeroen Maesschalck from the Leuven Institute of Criminology in Belgium, Drago Kos, Chair of the OECD Working Group on Bribery and a UEFA/FIFA football referee observer from Slovenia, and Roland Hosner and Bernhard Perchinig from the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) in Austria.

The IACA lecturers are Martin Kreutner, Dean and Executive Secretary, and Elena Helmer, IACA’s Academic Course Director. In addition, the students are doing team building sessions led by Margret Steixner, an intercultural trainer and coach.

The MACS is a two-year programme consisting of seven modules and a master thesis and is specifically designed for working professionals. The next class begins in autumn 2016, and the application period will open early next year.

For more information, please click here.

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