The many potential connections between anticorruption and human rights have long been recognized, but this topic seems to have attracted increasing interest in recent years. Indeed, we’ve had a few posts on this blog about the topic (see, for example, here, here, here, and here). Last spring, I had the opportunity to attend a conference at the Harvard Kennedy’ School’s Carr Center for Human Rights devoted to this topic. The organizers of that event have put together a conference report, which summarizes the main presentations and discussions. I hope that report might be of interest to GAB readers. I gather that at some point a video recording of the conference will be available online; when it is, I will post the link (or at least highlights) as well, perhaps along with some additional commentary.
Jan Dunin-Wasowicz, Vice Chair of the Anti-Corruption Law Interest Group of the American Society of International Law (ASIL), contributes today’s post, which announces a conference that might interest GAB readers:
The ASIL Anti-Corruption Law Interest Group, Sciences Po Law School, and the Zicklin Center for Business Ethics Research of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania are organizing an international symposium on the “Transnationalization of Anti-Corruption Law.” The conference will take place at Sciences Po in Paris, France, on Thursday and Friday 6-7 December 2018. The organizers are accepting paper proposals until 23 July 2018.
The purpose of the conference will be to look back at the evolution of anticorruption law as it affects cross-border business, trade, and regulation, but without taking the standpoint of a particular jurisdiction. This retrospective review will seek to explore the mechanisms that have led to the development of modern “transnational” anticorruption law and standards. The conference will also discuss current challenges and possible ways forward. It will undertake to achieve these goals through an interdisciplinary approach considering public international law and private international law methods, as well as comparative law, among other fields, while looking at the role and influence of a variety of actors. The conference will also explore the contribution of other disciplines such as economics, political science, psychology, and anthropology to understand their impact on the development of anticorruption standards and their implementation in the transnational context.
With this in mind, the conference will consider whether and how anticorruption laws and standards should synergistically lean towards transnational harmonization, unification, or remain a multitude of overlapping and possibly at times conflicting regulatory and procedural regimes. Discussing possible adjustments in transnational anticorruption norms would imply looking at the following issues, among others:
- What prompted the process of transnationalization in the area of anticorruption?
- What does transnationalization mean in the anticorruption context?
- Is there a normative hierarchy in anticorruption standards?
- How are anticorruption law, concepts, and practices transplanted?
- What is the role of international organizations, regulators, national courts, NGOs, civil society, private actors, and international tribunals in defining anticorruption norms and standards?
- How should anticorruption regulators cooperate?
- What is the effectiveness and legitimacy of transnational anticorruption law?
- Can transnational anticorruption law find a coercive authority?
- Should there be a world anticorruption court?
- Has the transnationalization of anticorruption law gone too far?
- What can be learnt from other disciplines when it comes to devising or implementing anticorruption laws and policies?
Additional details on how to contribute to the conference are available here. We hope many GAB contributors and readers will participate.
GAB is happy to welcome back Bonnie J. Palifka, Associate Professor of Economics at Mexico’s Tecnológico de Monterrey (ITESM), who shares the following announcement:
The first Academia against Corruption in the Americas (ACA) conference, which I am organizing, will be held June 22-23, 2018 in Monterrey, Mexico. The purpose of this conference is three-fold:
- First, to share research (working papers or already published) from all fields on corruption in the Americas, or general research on corruption by scholars based in the Americas;
- Second, to share anticorruption teaching experiences (courses, activities, approaches) and so inspire others;
- Third, to create an anticorruption academic network specific to the Americas.
I would like to encourage all academic researchers interested in participating in this conference to submit proposals to me at email@example.com.
- Proposals for the research sessions should be full papers on any corruption or anticorruption topic, with preference for those studying corruption or anticorruption in any part of the Americas.
- Proposals for the curriculum sessions should be the syllabus, teaching notes, or Power Point presentations relating to your experience teaching (anti)corruption.
Proposals are due by March 1, and decisions will be made by March 15. Proposals will be accepted and reviewed in English, Spanish, Portuguese, or French, but presentations at the conference must be in English or Spanish. Please share the calls for proposals with other corruption scholars, and I hope to see some of you in Monterrey this June.
GAB friend and occasional contributor Professor Andrew Spalding contributes the following announcement:
The American Society of International Law (ASIL) has established an Anti-Corruption Interest Group (ACLIG) designed to create a forum for mutual engagement among practitioners and scholars. The group will be holding its inaugural conference/workshop on October 2-3, 2015, at the University of Pennsylvania.
The ACLIG co-chairs (Professor Spalding and Professor Philip Nichols) are soliciting papers for this event, from both academics and practitioners. Those who are interested in giving a paper at the meeting should submit a one-page proposal to Ms. Lauretta Tomasco at firstname.lastname@example.org by August 7, 2015 (two weeks from today!). If accepted, a proposer must supply a paper of at least five pages by September 25, 2015. Copies of all papers will be distributed to all participants before the workshop, so that all workshop participants will be able to read the material in advance and come to the workshop prepared to thoroughly discuss the ideas contained in each paper. (The precise format of the conference/workshop will depend on the number of submissions received.)
Submissions on any topic related to corruption are welcome. Possible topics might include but are not limited to:
- the nature, manifestations and forms of corruption
- effects of corruption on business, economies, governments, or society
- domestic control of corruption
- comparative analysis of domestic corruption laws
- corporate liability for corruption
- codes of conduct to control corruption
- contracting/controlling third party risk
- corruption within nongovernmental organizations
- collective anticorruption programs
- anticorruption certification standards
- control of transnational corruption
- national and international anticorruption regimes
- coordination of anticorruption regimes
- soft law controls on corruption
- legal recourse for victims of corruption
- an anticorruption organization
Those who are interested but have further questions should please contact Professor Spalding at email@example.com.
For readers who might be interested, the International Bar Association‘s Anti-Corruption Committee (of which I am a new but enthusiastic member) is co-sponsoring a conference on “The Fight Against Corruption in Latin America: Implications for Lawyers” in Mexico City on April 12-13. Looks like a terrific program, particularly for practitioners dealing with corruption risk management in the Latin American region. You can find out more information about the conference here.