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Friday, September 4 • 08:30 - 10:30
Tackling grand corruption: what recommendations to the UNCAC Conference of States Parties in November?

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Grand corruption involves huge amounts of money and power and has a direct and serious impact on human rights. When, for example, members of a dominant elite are able to use their influence over the state apparatus to plunder public resources and extort money from the population, while also capturing or blocking domestic oversight and enforcement agencies--the result is huge injustice and a setback to development. It means people suffer loss of livelihood and life opportunities and are deprived of access to resources and basic services – it means their lives are diminished or destroyed. How can grand corruption be countered, when kleptocrats and their henchmen wield such extensive control?

The UN Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) is the main international framework for fighting corruption and includes a range of anti-corruption measures to prevent and sanction grand corruption, including criminalization measures like illicit enrichment, trading in influence, abuse of functions, international cooperation and asset recovery. The Conference of States Parties (COSP) - the main meeting where governments discuss results of their anti-corruption work and mark out priorities for the future, has adopted recommendations (http://www.unodc.org/unodc/en/treaties/CAC/CAC-COSP-session5-resolutions.html) stating that international co-operation in anti-corruption investigations is as important as are involving the civil society and the private sector.

The next UNCAC COSP gathering of governments and observers will take place in St. Petersburg in November this year. The UNCAC review process’ first five-year cycle reviewing country implementation of criminalization, enforcement and international cooperation measures is also now coming to an end. Does the UNCAC framework offer the means for addressing the crime of grand corruption? Does the biennial UNCAC forum offer a promising arena for discussing ideas and approaches to dealing with this form of massive criminal activity? What recommendations should the IACC make to the UNCAC meeting?

In the workshop session we will discuss these questions -- how to tackle grand corruption and what potential role for UNCAC--and look for possible common approaches and recommendations.

The workshop will start by considering particular cases of grand corruption. We will review the situation in Malaysia, identifying the loopholes that make grand corruption possible; the obstacles to enforcement against it; and the steps needed to improve deterrence and punishment.

Building on this country experience, the second part of the session will review different typologies of grand corruption and methods of money laundering, including via secret companies and real estate.

The session will then move on to consider the mechanisms available to address grand corruption. We will discuss what can be done by civil society, governments and inter-governmental institutions in order to more decisively address grand corruption. We will also consider the approaches to fighting it in various environments, both more and less prone to corruption, both more and less willing to provide space for civil society. We will also consider the strengths and weaknesses of UNCAC as a tool for addressing grand corruption.

During the final part of the session participants will discuss priority approaches to strengthening prevention and enforcement against grand corruption and possible recommendations to the UNCAC COSP meeting in November or discussions to be conducted there, as well as in other forums.


Anton Pominov

TI Russia
Transparency International – Russia


Francesco Checchi

Anti Corruption Adviser | UNODC Regional Office | for Southeast Asia and the Pacific | Bangkok, Thailand
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Ravindran Devagunam

Performance Management and Delivery Unit (PEMANDU), Pemandu

Cynthia Gabriel

Founding Director, Centre To Combat Corruption & Cronyism
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Manzoor Hasan

Chair, UNCAC Coalition
Manzoor Hasan is currently serving as the Executive Director of South Asian Institute of Advanced Legal and Human Rights Studies (SAILS), and the Chair of UN Convention against Corruption Coalition (UNCAC) since June, 2014. Mr. Hasan is also a member of the Advisory Council of BRAC Institute of Governance and Development, BRAC University. Previously he worked as the Deputy Executive Director of BRAC, the largest NGO in the world. He was also... Read More →
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Akaash Maharaj

Chief Executive Officer, Global Org Of Parliamentarians Against Corruption
One of our key priorities is international prosecution of Grand Corruption: http://gop.ac/19ALtTW | The Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption (GOPAC), is an international institution of legislators, working together to combat corruption, strengthen democracy, and uphold the rule of law. GOPAC has full national chapters in 56 parliaments, and individual parliamentary members in nearly every country of the world.
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Loi Kheng Min

Deputy President, Transparency International Malaysia
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Ji Won Park

Stolen Asset Recovery Initiative (Star)
Ji Won Park is an attorney with two decades of experience in government, private sector, and civil society organizations in the United States and South Korea. At the Financial Market Integrity Unit of the World Bank and the Stolen Asset Recovery Initiative (StAR) since 2009, her projects include The Puppet Masters: How the Corrupt Hide Stolen Assets Using Legal Structures and What to Do about It, Left Out of the Bargain: Settlements in Foreign... Read More →

Session Coordinators
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Gillian Dell

Head of Conventions Unit, UNCAC Coalition

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Adam Földes

advocacy advisor, Transparency International
Adam joined Transparency International in September 2012 after working for more than three years with Transparency International Hungary. Prior, he conducted researches, advocacy and policy development to promote and defend the right of access to information, specialised in issues relating to the protection of personal data and state secrecy. He also worked for Access Info Europe (Madrid, Spain) and led the Freedom of Information and Personal... Read More →

Friday September 4, 2015 08:30 - 10:30
Hall 4

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