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Thursday, September 3 • 11:00 - 13:00
Behind bars: bringing perpetrators of grand corruption to justice

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Exemption from prosecution of acts of grand corruption can no longer continue. The abuse of political power to siphon millions of dollars from public coffers is an endemic problem in every region of the globe. The Arab Spring resulted in the downfall of several dogmatic political leaders and highlighted the extensive abuse of public funds for personal gain. We are now seeing a similar and equally devastating fate in Ukraine. A recent study from Global Financial Integrity found that from 2002 to 2012 developing countries lost US$5.9 trillion to illicit outflows. Imagine if these funds never left their rightful place. Imagine if these funds were handled with transparent fiscal and institutional mechanisms and honest, law abiding leaders. How many lives would have been improved and raised out of abject poverty?

In 2013 GOPAC members unanimously mandated the organization to establish grand corruption as a crime of international law to enable international institutions and alliances to prosecute the guilty. Further to this end a bold Declaration emerged at the fifth Forum of Parliamentarians, held at the fifth Conference of States Parties to the United Nations Convention Against Corruption, where GOPAC members resolved to encourage states, the United Nations, and international institutions to develop additional international mechanisms to apprehend, prosecute, judge, and sentence those who have committed crimes of grand corruption.

These commitments set in motion the steps necessary to fight impunity for corruption at an international level. However, GOPAC and our members recognise that this is only the beginning. To successfully prosecute and punish the most egregious forms of corruption, we need collaboration from the international community and civil society.

This session will facilitate a discussion to shape and further concretize an international mechanism which would try those that are guilty of political corruption. It would ask a broad group of stakeholders - legislators, civil society and citizens – to design a solution to end impunity for corruption by creating an international mechanism that would equate grand corruption with a crime against humanity.

In the lead up to the 16th IACC GOPAC will launch a global campaign calling on citizens, civil society, legislators and governments to compel international institutions to prosecute crimes of "grand corruption" as crimes against humanity.

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John Hyde

Chair, Oceania, Global Org Of Parliamentarians Against Corruption
Chair, GOPAC Oceania | Treasurer and Executive Member, GOPAC (Ottawa, Canada) | Anti-Corruption Consultant, UNDP (UN Pacific Anti-Corruption Project)

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Patrick Alley

Director, Global Witness
Patrick Alley is a Co-founder and Director of Global Witness, which focuses on preventing conflict and corruption arising from the use of natural resources. Mr. Alley focuses on tackling the trade in Conflict Resources (natural resource trade that can cause, perpetuate and fund conflict). In particular Mr. Alley works on the Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia and Cote d’Ivoire, and also leads Global Witness’ campaign against industrial... 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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Jose Ugaz

Chair, Transparency International
José Carlos Ugaz became President of PROETICA, TI’s chapter in Peru, in 2002, then an Individual Member of Transparency International in 2008. A lawyer by training, Ugaz served as Ad-Hoc State Attorney of Peru in several corruption cases. During the Fujimori-Montesinos affair (2000-2002), his office opened more than 200 cases against 1,500 members of the Fujimori network. Under his mandate, US$205 million in assets were frozen abroad... Read More →

Session Coordinators
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Stan Cutzach

Governance Director, Transparency International
Governance successes and failures, anti-corruption policies and compliance, access to information and data protection, internal communication, running and kids.

Thursday September 3, 2015 11:00 - 13:00
Hall 4

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