Anti-corruption and Business: Panel Discussion in Vienna, 7 May

IACA cordially invites you to a panel discussion in Vienna on 7 May on the theme of National Legislation, International Impact: What Global Anti-Corruption Enforcement Trends Mean for Your Company.

At the event, which IACA is co-organizing with the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber (WKO), renowned experts in the field will discuss the increasingly global enforcement of anti-bribery laws involving companies, and what this could mean for businesses in Austria.

Confirmed as panellists are Richard L. Cassin, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the FCPA Blog, Bettina Knötzl, Lawyer and Partner at KNOETZL and President of the Advisory Board of Transparency International, Austrian Chapter, Robert Mascola, Director Ethics and Compliance, Global Lead Anti-Corruption Program, Philip Morris International, and Professor Andy Spalding, a Frequent Visiting Faculty Member at IACA and Senior Editor of the FCPA Blog. The discussion will be moderated by Martin Kreutner, IACA’s Dean and Executive Secretary.

Further details, including how to register, are available below and in this flyer: IACA WKO event 7 May 2018

Date: Monday 7 May 2018

Time: 15:00

Venue: WKO, Spartenhaus am Schwarzenbergplatz, main hall, Schwarzenbergplatz 14, 1040 Vienna, Austria

Registration: Please register in advance by contacting Mr. Markus Haas via or by phone at +43 (0)5/90 900 – 4186.

IACA Mission to Kazakhstan

An IACA delegation paid an official visit to Kazakhstan last week to explore specific possibilities for further cooperation in the areas of anti-corruption and compliance.

Mr. Martin Kreutner, IACA’s Dean and Executive Secretary, had high-level meetings in Astana with H.E. Mr. Kairat Abdrakhmanov, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Justice Zhakip Asanov, President of the Supreme Court, Mr. Alik Shpekbayev, Chairman of the Agency for Civil Service Affairs and Anti-Corruption, Mr. Askhat Aimagambetov, Vice-Minister of Education and Science, and representatives of the General Prosecutor’s Office.

The delegation also visited the Regional Hub of Civil Service in Astana and held discussions with leaders of the Academy of Public Administration under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Law Enforcement Academy.

Agency for Civil Service Affairs and AC

During the meetings Mr. Kreutner provided updates on IACA’s many current and upcoming activities. These include the third training for anti-corruption and compliance practitioners from Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) Member States — Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and the Russian Federation — which will take place in Laxenburg from 24 to 26 September this year.

Additional future collaboration could potentially take the form of tailor-made trainings for organizations involved with anti-corruption and compliance in Kazakhstan.

While in Astana Mr. Kreutner also gave a lecture on “Current International Developments in Anti-Corruption” at the Academy of Public Administration.

IACA has close and long-standing ties with Kazakhstan, which acceded to the Agreement for the Establishment of IACA as an International Organization in December 2013.

IACA Delegation Visits Riyadh

An IACA delegation led by Mr. Martin Kreutner, Dean and Executive Secretary, visited Riyadh earlier this week to discuss additional collaboration with national anti-corruption and compliance institutions in Saudi Arabia.

The agenda included meetings with H.E. Dr. Khaled bin Abdulmohsen Al-Mehaisen, President of the country’s National Anti-Corruption Commission (Nazaha), and Dr. Mushabab bin Ayedh Al-Qahtani, Director General of the Institute of Public Administration (IPA).

Discussions focused on closer interaction in the framework of a memorandum of understanding between IACA and Nazaha that envisages possible support and/or joint activities in areas including technical assistance, training, education, and research. Future joint undertakings might involve tailor-made training programmes that are custom-designed by IACA for specific organizations, corporations, or institutions.

IACA previously delivered a tailor-made training for Nazaha in Riyadh in November 2016.

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia became a Party to the Agreement for the Establishment of IACA as an International Organization in 2013, making it the first country from the region and from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) to do so. Kuwait and the Kingdom of Bahrain have also acceded to the organization since then.

IACA Again Supports Cambridge Symposium

IACA is once again supporting and partnering with the Cambridge International Symposium on Economic Crime, the 36th edition of which will take place from 2 to 9 September 2018 at Jesus College, University of Cambridge, UK.

The Symposium aims to address many interrelated topics under the overarching theme Unexplained wealth – whose business? Sessions this year will consider how to better discourage and control economic crime, and examine the threats facing those who look after other people’s wealth. These threats include criminals and terrorists but also indirect risks as a result of law enforcement and regulatory intervention.

IACA’s Dean and Executive Secretary, Mr. Martin Kreutner, will give a keynote speech, joining over 600 other experts from around the world who will gather at the event. Last year, the Symposium attracted some 1,800 participants from more than 90 countries, from fields including policymaking, law enforcement, compliance, regulation, business, and professional services.

IACA has supported this non-profit event for the previous five years, along with many other academic institutions and government and non-government agencies. At the Symposium in 2017, IACA emphasized the strong links between anti-corruption and combating economic crime.          

Registration is open until 17 August. Read more about the Cambridge International Symposium on Economic Crime, including the full programme and how to register, here.

IMACC and MACS Students Come Together in Laxenburg

Students from all continents in IACA’s new International Master in Anti-Corruption Compliance and Collective Action (IMACC) and its 2016 – 2018 Master in Anti-Corruption Studies (MACS) class came together on campus last week to learn and share experiences with each other.

The focus of the second IMACC module was ethical and legal frameworks for anti-corruption compliance, while the MACS class is concentrating on the themes of corruption prevention and the future of anti-corruption in its seventh and final module, the in-class part of which concludes in Laxenburg this week.

IMACC lecturers last week included Professors Milda Zilinskaite (Vienna University of Economics and Business), who spoke on topics including ethical frameworks for anti-corruption compliance, and Andy Spalding (IACA Frequent Visiting Faculty and University of Richmond School of Law), an expert on the transnational application of national anti-bribery laws. The MACS students learnt about whistle-blower protection from Anna Myers (Whistleblowing International Network), and about corruption and fraud risk prevention in aid from Malika Aït-Mohamed Parent (IACA Frequent Visiting Faculty and an independent international anti-corruption expert).

macs imacc news IMG 7889As well as many opportunities for informal interactions and networking between the IMACC and MACS students, the programme included a panel discussion that brought both classes together. During this event, panellists and students looked at the need to find synergies and coordinate efforts between public sector anti-corruption policies and private sector compliance programmes, and how to address challenges in this regard.

The IMACC and the MACS are two-year, internationally recognized MA degree programmes with 120 ECTS credits under the EU’s Bologna Process.

The MACS 2018 – 2020 class, which starts in October this year, is open for applications until 31 May, and IACA is currently welcoming applications for the 2019 – 2021 IMACC cycle. Read more about both programmes here.

IACA Regional Summer Academy - East and Southeast Asia

IACA is now welcoming applications for its Regional Summer Academy - East and Southeast Asia, which will be held in Beijing, China, from 9 to 16 September 2018 and is open to anti-corruption and compliance professionals from this part of the world.

Featuring leading regional and international lecturers, the eight-day interdisciplinary session will address region-specific topics and enable the exchange of knowledge, experience, and good practices among participants. A detailed programme and names of lecturers will be announced soon.

The programme is open to citizens 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 2 July, and the IACA programme team can be reached via email at

The programme is co-sponsored under the Siemens Integrity Initiative.

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

IACA at the VIII Summit of the Americas

On the occasion of the VIII Summit of the Americas in Lima, Peru, last week, IACA’s Dean and Executive Secretary, Mr. Martin Kreutner, urged senior parliamentarians from across the region to continue playing leadership roles in the collective fight against corruption.

Delivering the keynote address at the 3rd Gathering of the ParlAmericas Open Parliament Network (speech available for download below), Mr. Kreutner observed that anti-corruption and compliance developments in this region are making global headlines almost every day.

These include, on the one hand, multi-billion dollar scandals such as the Petrobras/Car Wash and Odebrecht cases, and prosecutions at the highest levels of politics and business, generating huge popular demonstrations; and — on the other — new momentum and new anti-corruption laws and institutions in several countries.

“These are truly unprecedented times for the Americas, and the world is watching closely. Will this region become a global anti-corruption leader, a trendsetter to admire and follow? Or will it be overwhelmed by the sheer volume of corruption news, adding to the crisis of trust and leadership that we currently see all around the world?” Mr. Kreutner asked.

The answer, he continued, depends partly on whether parliamentarians can seize the opportunity, and indeed the responsibility, to become anti-corruption leaders and “Sherpas of good governance” within their countries and beyond.

In this regard Mr. Kreutner highlighted five priorities in the fight against corruption, each of which are equally important. They are inclusivity in working together with all stakeholders; transparency to help build trust in legal systems and political institutions and maintain public support; defending the independence of anti-corruption institutions; demonstrating integrity as parliamentarians; and having the curiosity to constantly challenge their anti-corruption approaches and those of others.

“I am convinced that by working together we have the power to make a difference in the fight against corruption — in this region and beyond. So let us celebrate our successes and not be deterred by setbacks. And, in a spirit of partnership, let us redouble our collective efforts towards a better future,” he concluded.

The ParlAmericas event, which took the theme of “Open States for Democratic Governance Against Corruption”, was opened and chaired by H.E. Mr. Luis Fernando Galarreta Velarde, President of the Congress of the Republic of Peru. The ParlAmericas Open Parliament Network comprises the national legislatures of the member states of the Organization of American States (OAS) from North, Central, and South America and the Caribbean.

“Democratic Governance against Corruption” was also the main theme for Heads of State and Government at the Summit. This culminated in the Lima Commitment, which underscored “that the prevention of and fight against corruption are fundamental to strengthening democracy and the rule of law”, and that “corruption weakens democratic governance and citizens’ trust in institutions, in addition to having a negative impact on the effective enjoyment of human rights and the sustainable development of the peoples of our Hemisphere as well as other regions of the world”.

IACA currently has alumni from 23 Member States of the OAS, and from 155 countries and jurisdictions in total.

Keynote address by Mr. Martin Kreutner - Lima, Peru, 11 April 2018

Why Anti-bribery Enforcement is Going Global

Companies in Austria and Central and Eastern Europe should pay increasing attention to global anti-bribery enforcement trends, Professor Andy Spalding, a member of IACA’s Frequent Visiting Faculty, told an audience of anti-corruption and compliance professionals in Vienna last week.

Speaking at an event co-organized by IACA and the new Vienna Chapter of the American Bar Association Section of International Law on 11 April, Prof. Spalding noted that anti-bribery enforcement involving companies is increasingly multi-jurisdictional and puts greater focus on individual liability.

These two important trends were the starting point for a wide-ranging and interactive discussion on the theme of “Out of reach of US and UK anti-corruption laws? THINK AGAIN”. The event was hosted by the KNOETZL law firm.

Prof. Spalding noted that until a few years ago, most of the attention had been on enforcement of the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), which has broad extraterritorial reach. Indeed, of the ten largest FCPA settlements in history, eight have involved non-US companies.

Although the FCPA continues to play a major role in anti-bribery enforcement worldwide, other countries are also stepping up their efforts. They include the United Kingdom, where the UK Bribery Act came into force in 2011, Brazil, which Prof. Spalding described as “a global leader in anti-corruption enforcement” at present, and France.

Prof. Spalding acknowledged that the rise in multi-jurisdictional enforcement could increase the risk of double jeopardy, where a company could be punished in different countries for the same bribery-related offences. National law enforcement and regulatory bodies have so far tried to reduce this risk by “allocating” a company’s various offences among the different jurisdictions involved.

Meanwhile, the growing focus on individual liability in anti-bribery enforcement is “a game-changer”, according to Prof. Spalding, and stems largely from the Yates Memo of 2015, in which the US Department of Justice indicated a policy shift in this direction. This followed criticism that individual executives were not being held accountable for bribery-related offences by companies under the FCPA.

One recent example of multiple jurisdictions and individual liability in anti-bribery enforcement was the 2017 case involving Rolls Royce plc. This involved a joint resolution with the UK, US, and Brazilian law enforcement authorities and the subsequent indictment of five individuals.

The discussion covered many other related issues, including whether the US should provide greater incentives for companies to self-report bribery offences to law enforcement agencies; whether the existence of a good compliance programme is a solid defence for a company in different jurisdictions; the role of whistle-blower awards; and how companies can best manage bribery risks associated with third parties.

Prof. Spalding is also Professor at the University of Richmond School of Law (USA) and Senior Editor of the FCPA Blog. He was a lecturer last week in IACA’s new International Master in Anti-Corruption Compliance and Collective Action (IMACC), an academic degree programme specially designed for professionals involved with the business sector in these fields.

Welcome to IACA’s Academic Programmes Open Days

On 30 April and 9 May IACA is holding Open Days at its Laxenburg/Vienna campus for prospective students 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).

Both Open Days offer the opportunity to attend a lecture with a world-class professor, meet IACA’s Academic Programmes team and current students, and get a taste of life as a master’s student here.

30 April: International and Regional Anti-Corruption Conventions and Initiatives

Professor John Hatchard (UK)

Professor Hatchard is a Barrister and Professor of Law at the Buckingham Law School. He has published extensively in the area of criminal law, criminal justice and evidence, constitutional law, and human rights, with particular reference to the Commonwealth and Anglophone Africa. For more on his experience and expertise, click here.

9 May: National Anti-Corruption Law

Professor Andrew Spalding (USA)

Professor Spalding is a member of IACA’s Frequent Visiting Faculty and Professor at the University of Richmond School of Law, where he teaches and writes in the area of international anti-corruption law. He is also Senior Editor of the FCPA Blog. For more on his experience and expertise, click here.


Please note: attendees must be qualified to apply to IACA Master Programmes. Please email, attaching your résumé or CV, and indicate which of the Open Day sessions you would like to attend.

Read more about the upcoming Academic Programmes Open Days here.

Extended Bureau Meets to Discuss Seventh IACA Assembly of Parties

The Extended Bureau of the sixth session of IACA’s Assembly of Parties (AoP) held its first meeting on Tuesday this week, chaired by H.E. Amb. Omar Amer Youssef (EGY).

During the deliberations in Vienna, members of the Extended Bureau were encouraged to invite Parties to consider proposing draft resolutions for the upcoming seventh session, as well as possible side events.

The Extended Bureau comprises members of the Bureau of the sixth session and countries representing the chairs of the five UN Regional Groups.

IACA and Viet Nam Explore Opportunities for Anti-Corruption Cooperation

Earlier this week IACA hosted a visit from the Institute for Legislative Studies (ILS), Viet Nam, at its Laxenburg campus. IACA’s Dean and Executive Secretary, Mr. Martin Kreutner, welcomed the delegation, which was led by Mr. Dinh Quyen Nguyen, President of the ILS under the Standing Committee of the National Assembly of Viet Nam.

Discussions focused on cooperation between IACA and Viet Nam in fighting corruption, and ILS representatives expressed interest in various educational opportunities presented by IACA, including its numerous academic and training programmes. The parties agreed to further explore opportunities for collaboration and continue the constructive dialogue in this regard.

Meeting with Chief Justice of the Republic of the Sudan

IACA’s Dean and Executive Secretary, Mr. Martin Kreutner, met H.E. Mr. Haider Ahmed Dafalla, Chief Justice of the Republic of the Sudan, on Tuesday to discuss anti-corruption issues of mutual concern.

Mr. Kreutner briefed H.E. Mr. Dafalla on recent IACA news and upcoming activities, and H.E. Mr. Dafalla provided an update on current anti-corruption developments and initiatives in Sudan, including anti-corruption reforms in the judiciary. Their discussions also focused on training opportunities for the Sudanese judiciary.

Sudan acceded to the Agreement for the Establishment of IACA as an International Organization in September 2016.

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