CEELI Institute Announces its Third Annual Training Course on the Investigation and Prosecution of Public Corruption, May 11-15, 2015


We are delighted to announce our third annual anti-corruption course on investigtion and prosecution of public corruption cases. This five day highly interactive training provides participants with a comprehensive framework for investigating and prosecuting official corruption. The course will take place at the Institute in Prague the week of May 11-15, 2015, and is designed to walk participants through the actual investigation of a case involving official corruption. Particpants will work in small groups, to develop their own investigation strategy, learning to use time tested investigative tools and to develop practical skills along the way. Over the course of five days, students will:

  • Learn to identify transactional red flags, and evaluate possible cases of official corruption
  • Analyze publically available information to detect signs of corruption
  • Develop an Investigative Plan and take the first steps in pursuing their proactive investigation
  • Consider what documents to access—and how to get them
  • Discuss how to utilize law enforcement tools to access financial records
  • Consider the how to acquire and use legally collected electronic evidence
  • Use Invoices, payment ledgers, receipts and support, travel records to support the investigation
  • Undertake Forensic Analysis of relevant financial evidence necessary to “follow the money”
  • Learn techniques for effectively conducting interviews of potential witnesses and targets
  • Develop a “theory of the case” in order to assure that the evidence collected sufficiently supports the charges to be brought by the prosecutors
  • Prepare to present the case for trial, by marshalling necessary evidence and by considering possible defenses and challenges that will be faced at trial
  • Consider alternative mechanisms for resolving corruption cases
  • Consider non-investigative measures to prevent and expose official corruption

Orignally launched in March 2013, the Institute continues to bringing together the world’s most experienced anti-corruption prosecutors, forensic accountants and practitioners as faculty to design and teach this course. This year’s faculty line up already includes:

Keynote Speaker

Drago Kos, Chair of the OECD Working Group on Bribery, and former Chairman of the Council of Europe’s Group of States against Corruption (GRECO)


  • Jean-Michel Ferat, Managing Director at the Claro Group, Washington, D.C. Mr. Ferat is an expert in forensic accounting, the conduct of forensic investigations and in the analysis of complex data sets. He is a former investigator for the UN Oil-for-Food Programme
  • Goran Klemenčič, Minister of Justice of Slovenia. As the former Chief Commissioner of the Slovenian Commission for the Prevention of Corruption, he was responsible for leading the investigation ultimately leading to the conviction of Slovenia’s Prime Minister on corruption charges in 2014.
  • Andrew Levchuk handles complex criminal litigation for the firm of Bulkey, Richardson and Gelinas in Boston. He is a former career federal prosecutor for the US Department of Justice with significant experience in investigation and prosecution of corruption cases.
  • Mark F. Mendelsohn, Chief FCPA enforcement official, Fraud Section, U.S. Department of Justice from 2005-2010; responsible for more than 130 anti-corruption prosecutions, including the largest financial penalties ever imposed under the FCPA; delegate, OECD Working Group on Bribery. Partner, Paul Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, Washington, DC.
  • Homer E. Moyer is recognized as a leader of America’s Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) bar. He has served as counsel in dozens of investigations, chaired more than 35 international anti-corruption conferences, and serves as editor of Anti-Corruption Regulation. He is a partner at Miller & Chevalier, Washington, DC
  • Susan Ringler is Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer for Alcoa, in New York. Former federal prosecutor with the US Department of Justice, who also served as General Counsel for UN Oil-for-Food Investigation, and as a corruption investigator at the World Bank. Ms. Ringler also previsously served as the Deputy Director of CEELI Criminal Law Program managing programs across the the former Soviet Republics.
  • Bill Waite, Co-founder of Risk Advisory, London, a global risk management consultancy. Mr. Waite previously worked in UK’s Serious Fraud Office as a prosecuting counsel before moving into the private investigation and fraud advisory sector. He is a sought-after commentator on anti-corruption legislation and enforcement in the United Kingdom and abroad.


To reserve a place or for more information, please email info@ceeli-inst.org or call +420 222 520 057
2,000 USD – Full course and materials with lodging. Breakfast, lunch and refreshments included.
1,500 USD – Full course and materials without lodging. Lunch and refreshments included.

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CEELI – brochure – WEB

Our Villa Took a Direct Hit During the Allied Bombing of Prague – Exactly 70 Years Ago.


On February 14, 1945 sixty-two B-17 Flying Fortresses assigned to the US Army Air Force’s 398th Bomb Group got lost on their way to the firebombing of Dresden and erroneously released their payloads over the Nazi-occupied Czech capital, Prague. At precisely 12:35 p.m., 152 tons of high explosives rained down on the central city and two suburbs, destroying around a hundred houses and many historical monuments. Another two hundred buildings were heavily damaged. Ironically, the destroyed monuments included one of Prague’s main synagogues. The raid killed 701 civilians and injured 1,184. 11,000 people were left homeless. Villa Gröbovka, the current CEELI Institute building, took a direct hit and remained heavily damaged until years after the war. No military or industrial targets of any kind were hit.

The history of the 398th Bombardment Group based at RAF Nuthampstead, which carried out the raid, indicates the attack was an accident. The radar navigational equipment on the aircraft was not functioning correctly and high winds en route produced a dead reckoning navigational error of some 70 miles. This caused the formation to arrive over the supposed “bombingtarget”, which was believed to be Dresden, at the time bombing commenced. Prague was mostly obscured by broken clouds, with occasional glimpses of the Vltava river. Additionally, Prague and Dresden looked similar from the air, with rivers running through both cities. The bombing was carried out as a “blind attack” using radar.

This post is using citations from Wikipedia and the blog Lost in Berlin


“Judging in a Democratic Society“:  The CEELI Institute’s February 2015 program for Tunisian Judges

From February 2-5, the CEELI Institute is again running its program for Tunisian judges.  The program, “Judging in a Democratic Society“ is held in Tunis, and is part of an extraordinary ongoing effort to train and mentor nearly one thousand Tunisian judges on a wide range of issues involving the role and function of judges in a democracy.  Working in partnership with the Swedish-based International Legal Assistance Consortium (“ILAC”), this program brings together judges from all ranks and courts in Tunisia to monthly trainings designed to improve professional skills, and to build the public’s confidence in the judiciary.

As with other past programs, the February effort include about 25  judges.  The programs stresses the leadership role courts play in society, the importance of judicial independence, and political issues of leadership. Consistent with these ideas, the course provides training in a variety of areas, including the tools required to make courts fair and efficient, judicial independence, ethics, relations with the public and with other branches of government, court administration, human rights principles, and transparency in procedure and decisions.  Tunisian participants in the course have repeatedly noted the immediate positive impact the training has had on their work on matters such as ethical principles and preparation of judicial decisions.
Faculty for the February training inlcude the CEELI Institute’s Director of Special Projects, Joel Martin, Judge Ivana Hrdlickova, a Czech appellate judge currently serving on the UN Special Tribunal for Lebanon, in The Hague, and Domagoj Frntic, President of the Municipal Labour Court in Zagreb, Croatia.