Paraguay Joins IACA

With the accession of Paraguay to the Agreement for the Establishment of IACA as an International Organization, the Academy’s constituency increases to 74 Parties. These comprise 71 UN Member States and three international organizations.

The Agreement remains open for ratification by its remaining original Signatories and for accession by all UN Member States and international organizations.

Ambassador of Chile Presents Credentials

On 17 August 2018 H.E. Ms. Gloria Navarrete Pinto, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Republic of Chile to the International Organizations in Vienna, presented her credentials to Mr. Martin Kreutner, Dean and Executive Secretary of IACA.

The Republic of Chile is a Party to the Agreement for the Establishment of IACA as an International Organization since September 2013.

Pakistani Ambassador Presents Credentials

On 17 August 2018 H.E. Mr. Mansoor Ahmad Khan, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan to the International Organizations in Vienna, presented his credentials to Mr. Martin Kreutner, Dean and Executive Secretary of IACA.

Pakistan recently made a generous pledge of financial support to the IACA library, further underlining its strong ties with the organization in the areas of anti-corruption and compliance. 

Pakistan is a Party to the Agreement for the Establishment of IACA as an International Organization since April 2012.

Ambassador of Cyprus Presents Credentials

On 17 August 2018 H.E. Ms. Elena Rafti, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Republic of Cyprus to the International Organizations in Vienna, presented her credentials to Mr. Martin Kreutner, Dean and Executive Secretary of IACA.

Cyprus was one of the first states to sign the Agreement for the Establishment of IACA as an International Organization and ratified it in August 2011.

Best Of Seminar: Michael Johnston, 12 - 13 Nov

Michael Johnston, Distinguished Professor at IACA and a leading global authority on anti-corruption for several decades, will deliver a thought-provoking two-day seminar at the Academy’s Laxenburg campus on 12 and 13 November. Please see here for further details and how to register.

“The last two to three decades in anti-corruption have been a very exciting time but also frustrating, and the number of success stories is depressingly few,” Prof. Johnston says. “I would encourage the anti-corruption movement to take a step back, catch its breath, and do some fresh thinking.”

With this in mind, participants will discuss themes including:

The last 25 years in anti-corruption

Accomplishments and problems of political and analytical efforts in anti-corruption

Rethinking conventional wisdom on anti-corruption efforts

Measurement, assessment, and the trouble with transparency

How do influence markets, exclusion, civil society, and “populism” affect reform?

Challenges to come: Emerging techniques of corruption and reform

The seminar will be shaped by participants’ own perspectives and on-the-ground knowledge, enabling them to share experiences and network with peers from around the world. They will subsequently join IACA’s alumni network, comprising over 1,700 anti-corruption and compliance professionals from 157 countries and jurisdictions.

Applications will be considered on a first come, first served basis. Some discounts on the tuition fee are available under IACA’s fee discount scheme.

Prof. Johnston, who is also the Charles A. Dana Professor of Political Science Emeritus at Colgate University, is a world-renowned expert on questions of corruption, democratization, and reform. He has also served as a senior consultant to organizations such as the World Bank, United Nations, the Organization of American States, and the US Agency for International Development.

This will be IACA’s ninth “Best Of” seminar delivered by a pre-eminent anti-corruption and compliance specialist. The most recent edition took place in July this year and featured Tina Søreide, Professor of Law and Economics at the Norwegian School of Economics and a member of IACA’s frequent visiting faculty.

Kenyan Delegation Visits IACA

A delegation from Kenya’s Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) visited campus on Wednesday to learn more about IACA’s programmes and activities in anti-corruption and compliance.

EACC officials received an introductory briefing on current developments at IACA before holding technical discussions with the organization’s staff regarding its academic degree programmes, open and tailor-made trainings, and research.

The Kenyan delegation was headed by Mr. Dabar Abdi Maalim, an EACC Commissioner. It also included fellow Commissioner Ms. Mghoi Rose M-Macharia, other senior officials from the Commission, and H.E. Ambassador Samuel M. Gitonga, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Republic of Kenya to the International Organizations in Vienna.

The EACC is the main national agency in Kenya dedicated to preventing and combating corruption in the country.

Kenya is currently a Signatory to the Agreement for the Establishment of IACA as an International Organization.

Calling IACA Alumni: Take an Open Module of the Master in Anti-Corruption Studies

IACA invites applications from alumni to do an Open Module of the Master in Anti-Corruption Studies (MACS) this autumn, providing a great opportunity to gain insight into the MACS programme.

Module V of the MACS focuses on Corruption, Compliance, and the Private Sector. Topics covered include corruption in the corporate sector and good corporate governance, corporate criminal liability for corruption offences and settlement processes, and compliance and internal investigations.

The module starts on 10 September 2018 with a pre-module phase in the form of distance learning and ends on 2 December. On-site classes at IACA’s Laxenburg campus will take place from 15 to 26 October. The module carries 14 ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits.

The deadline for applications is 13 August.

Acceptance to the module is based on applicants’ professional and academic background and their interest in the programme, and applicants must be IACA alumni. More details about the module are available here.

Last Chance to Apply: Regional Summer Academy - East and Southeast Asia

There is still time to apply for IACA’s Regional Summer Academy - East and Southeast Asia, which will take place from 9 to 16 September in Beijing, China.

The intensive week-long programme will address several hot global and regional issues, including (among others) asset tracing and recovery, extradition and mutual legal assistance, best practices for anti-corruption agencies, and strengthening the anti-corruption dialogue in the region and beyond.

Among the many expert lecturers are:

Cao Fuguo, Professor of Law, Central University of Finance and Economics Law School, Beijing

Robert Klitgaard, University Professor, Claremont Graduate University

Martin Kreutner, Dean and Executive Secretary, IACA

Shervin Majlessi, Senior Legal Adviser, World Bank/UNODC Stolen Asset Recovery Initiative (StAR)

Abu Kassim bin Mohamed, Director-General, the National Centre for Governance, Integrity and Anti-Corruption of Malaysia

Elisabeth Täubl, Senior Prosecutor, Public Prosecutor’s Office for Combating Economic Crimes and Corruption, Vienna/Austria

Ai Li Zhao, Asia Australia Compliance Head, Siemens

Applications are welcome from anti-corruption and compliance professionals from the following countries or areas in the UN’s Eastern and South-eastern Asia geographical sub-regions: Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, China (including Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and Macao Special Administrative Region), Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Indonesia, Japan, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste, and Viet Nam.

The application deadline is 20 August, and more details about the programme and lecturers are available here.

This is the fourth in IACA’s series of regional programmes based on its long-established annual Summer Academy, following successful earlier sessions in the Middle East (2017), Eastern Africa (2016) and Latin America (2015).

Professionals Gather for the Sixth Procurement Anti-Corruption Training at IACA

Anti-corruption and compliance professionals from around the world are on campus this week for the on-site portion of IACA’s sixth Procurement Anti-Corruption Training.

Lectures are being delivered by Christopher Yukins, Lynn David Research Professor in Government Procurement Law at the George Washington University Law School, and Max Kaiser Aranda, Anti-Corruption Director at the Mexican Institute for Competitiveness (IMCO), both of whom are members of IACA’s frequent visiting faculty. Additionally, Candice Welsch of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is giving a guest lecture.

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The diverse participants are from Argentina, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Ethiopia, India, Ireland, Kuwait, Liberia, Rwanda, and Zambia. Topics include compliance programme development, corruption prevention strategies, and reverse auctions and e-procurement, among many others.

Procurement Anti-Corruption Training is a five-week, part-time programme that combines one week of on-site training at IACA with distance learning in participants’ home countries. Upon successful completion, participants are entitled to receive 6 ECTS academic credits.

The in-class portion of the programme is an opportunity for participants to present their draft course essays and receive valuable feedback before beginning the two-week follow-up phase and finalizing their papers.

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The programme aims to reduce corruption in public procurement through combining theory with real-world insights. Participants also benefit from distinctive peer discussions and subsequent membership in IACA’s alumni network of over 1,700 anti-corruption and compliance professionals from 157 countries and jurisdictions.

For more details about this programme and other open trainings at IACA, click here.

MACS 2017-2019 Students Back on Campus

Students from the Master in Anti-Corruption Studies (MACS) class of 2017-2019 have been on IACA’s Laxenburg campus for the last two weeks for the in-class portion of Module IV of the MACS programme, which focuses on the economics of corruption.

The two weeks of classes have included sessions covering macroeconomic theories and models of corruption, economic consequences and effects of corruption, economic approaches to human behaviour, and the social cost of corruption, among others.

Lectures have been delivered by IACA frequent visiting faculty members Johann Graf Lambsdorff, Professor of Economic Theory at the University of Passau, and Ivo Teixeira Gico Jr., Professor of Antitrust and Business Regulation at the University Center of Brasília. As part of the module students also made a study visit to the Austrian Federal Court of Audit, hearing from and meeting with officials including Rene Wenk, another of the Academy’s visiting faculty.

The MACS students will be back on campus in October for their fifth module, on Corruption, Compliance and the Private Sector, which marks the beginning of their second year of study in the programme.

The MACS is a two-year, in-career programme consisting of seven modules and a master’s thesis and is specifically designed for working professionals.

It starts in October every year and applications are accepted year-round. Read more about the MACS here.

Welcome to Academic Programme Open Days at IACA

IACA is again opening its doors for prospective Master’s students this summer and autumn. Attending an open day is the ideal way to learn more about our two Master’s programmes: the Master in Anti-Corruption Studies (MACS) and the new International Master in Anti-Corruption Compliance and Collective Action (IMACC).

In addition to meeting the Academic Programmes team and our students at IACA’s campus in Laxenburg, near Vienna, visitors have the opportunity to attend a class with a world-renowned professor.

Find more details about the summer open days and upcoming open days later in the year here.

24 July: Macroeconomic Theories and Models of Corruption (MACS programme)

Lecture by Professor Johann Graf Lambsdorff (Germany)

Prof. Lambsdorff holds a professorship in economic theory at the University of Passau, Germany, since 2003, and is a member of IACA’s frequent visiting faculty. In 1995, Prof. Lambsdorff designed the Corruption Perceptions Index on behalf of Transparency International and oversaw its production until 2008. He is globally recognized for his work on measuring corruption as well as the institutional and behavioural economics of reform.

1 August: Social Cost of Corruption (MACS programme)

Lecture by Professor Ivo Teixeira Gico Jr. (Brazil)

Professor Gico is the Antitrust and Regulation Professor of the Law Graduate Program at the University Center of Brasília, Brazil (UniCeuB), and is a member of IACA’s frequent visiting faculty. He is regularly invited as a Judge Instructor at the Brazilian National Academy of Judges. He founded and leads the specialized law firm Gico, Hadmann & Dutra Advogados, based in Brasília, Brazil, which focuses on antitrust, regulation, and complex litigation.

Practical details

Join us on one of the above dates from 15:30 for a coffee with our students and Academic Programmes department. Following the coffee break, from 16:00 – 17:45, you can join one of the sessions with our distinguished professors.

Registration

Please note: attendees must be qualified to apply to the IACA Master Programmes. Please email studies@iaca.int at least a day before the selected Open Day lecture, attach your résumé or CV, and indicate which session you would like to attend.

Read more about the upcoming Academic Programmes Open Days here.

Anti-Corruption in Local Governance Training Concludes

An international group of anti-corruption professionals from the public and private sectors were gathered on IACA’s Laxenburg campus last week for the fifth annual Anti-Corruption in Local Governance Training programme.

The five-day programme was delivered by IACA Frequent Visiting Faculty members Robert Klitgaard (Claremont Graduate University) and Jeroen Maesschalck (Leuven Institute of Criminology, KU Leuven), as well as Richard E. Messick (International legal and anti-corruption consultant and Senior Contributor at the Global Anticorruption Blog).

Sessions covered topics ranging from diagnosing corruption and the economics of corruption to ethical dilemmas, organizational integrity, and successful reform strategies. In addition, during interactive sessions the participants looked in detail at specific case studies of cities that have undergone reform to counter corruption. The group also visited Vienna City Hall, a study visit which shed light on the Austrian local governance context.

The participants who came from eight countries including Kiribati, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, and Zambia, benefited from exchanging experiences of anti-corruption and local integrity systems in their own context with each other and with the expert lecturers, and also had the opportunity to network with IACA staff and participants of other IACA trainings on campus.

This programme is designed for, among others, local politicians, municipal leaders, regional government administrators, officials from anti-corruption agencies, experts from ombudsman offices and local anti-corruption organizations, and governance specialists from development organizations.

Following the training, the participants have become part of IACA’s alumni network of over 1,700 anti-corruption and compliance professionals in 157 countries and jurisdictions.

For more details about this programme and other open trainings at IACA, click here.

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