CEELI Inst. Conducts Second Training for the Tunisian Anti-Corruption Agency

On May 26-28, the CEELI Institute organized its second training for the Tunisian Anti-Corruption Agency, focused on corruption detection and basic financial investigation techniques. Held at the Agency premises in Tunis, the training has brought together representatives from various Tunisian state bodies, including judges, government controllers, members of municipal councils and civil society representatives, as well as Agency staff members. The broad variety of participant backgrounds enabled a lively discussion with input from various points of view – a discussion much needed in order to establish a well-functioning anti-corruption policy. During their group sessions, the participants singled out several crucial sectors – the banking sector including providing and repaying loans, mining, energy and natural resources, and real estate – as the most pressing areas where corruption is prevalent and greater transparency policy is needed.2014-05-26 at 11-34-24

The training is part of a broader program of cooperation between the CEELI Institute and the Tunisian Anti-Corruption Agency, supported by the International Legal Assistance Consortium and the Swedish International Development Agency.

Anti-Corruption Training Finishes with Discussion of Strategies for Preventing Official Corruption

Transparency International Czech Republic‘s Director, David Ondráčka, joined CEELI Institute Anti-Corruption Faculty, Homer Moyer, and Sue Ringler, for a final discussion on strategies for preventing official corruption. Although this week’s training was primarily about investigating and prosecuting official corruption, participants also gained familiarity with measures, in addition to prosecutions, that are variously deployed to prevent official corruption.Anti-Corruption TI and Homer

Mr. Ondráčka spoke about the role that Transparency International plays in reducing instances of corruption in the Czech Republic and other countries throughout the world. He emphasized that moving towards electronic systems that make data on public procurement contracts readily available will increase transparency and the opportunity to identify corrupt practices. Training faculty member, Sue Ringler added that by creating an electronic platform for tendering processes, opportunities to bribe public officials could also be dramatically reduced.
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Following the discussion, participants and faculty gathered together for a final luncheon and group photo in the Vila Grébovka.
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Nicola Bonucci Delivers Anti-Corruption Keynote Address

“Anti-corruption is the dilemma of the 21st century,” says Nicola Bonucci, the Director of Legal Affairs for the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. This morning, participants in our ongoing anti-corruption course were fortunate to hear Mr. Bonucci deliver the conference’s keynote speech. His speech focused on developing strategies to combat anti-corruption by examining the drivers, elements, conditions, and actors of anti-corruption.
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In addition to discussing individual strategies for prosecuting corrupt institutions and actors, the speech delved into the role anti-corruption agencies, governmental organizations, law enforcement, and even the companies themselves can or should play in the ongoing struggle to reduce bribery and crime in the growing global economy. The speech was followed by brief comments from CEELI founder and Chair Homer Moyer and course faculty members Goran Klemenčič and Mark Mendelsohn. Bonucci speech participants

CEELI Kicks Off Anti-Corruption Course

The CEELI Institute is happy to report a successful first day of a weeklong anti-corruption course here at the Vila Grébovka. Our participants include judges, prosecutors, legal experts, and professors from all over eastern Europe, with enthusiastic representation from Albania, Moldova, and Ukraine. We are excited to welcome faculty from all over Europe and the United States to give lectures, lead the discussions, and facilitate the trainings all week long.  2014-05-05 07.44.31

Today’s training began with a mini-lecture on international legal structure, followed by electronic polling of all the participants on issues like judicial effectiveness, citizen engagement, and governmental integrity in their home countries. This was followed by the introduction of today’s case study, dealing with issues of airport security, and participants engaged in group work and discussion centered on the exercise. 2014-05-05 07.57.49

This evening, after a final faculty lecture on investigation techniques and the conclusion of the case study exercise, participants will relax after a long day’s work with wine and hors d’oeuvres on the terrace of our lovely Vila Grébovka.  The vineyards that border the terrace behind the Villa Gröbovka