Tunisia: Training on Corruption Investigations in the Area of Permits and Licenses

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b9ea8a5a-b203-4c6d-8364-a2050e2416beIn April 2016, the CEELI Institute delivered another of its series of anti-corruption trainings organized for Tunisian stakeholders in cooperation with the Tunisian National Anti-Corruption Agency (INLUCC). The session focused on detecting corruption and fraud in the issuance of government permits and licenses. Once again, we were able to secure outstanding international faculty for the program. Dan Newcomb is the founder of the Anti-Corruption group at the global law firm Shearman & Sterling, and has participated in numerous high-profile cases, including the investigation into the marketing practices of Lockheed Aircraft Corporation, which was a precursor to the enactment of the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Helge Kvamme is a partner with Selmer, a Norwegian Law Firm, and is a former head of PwC Forensics and Anti-Corruption Services in Norway, where he gained extensive experience with economic crime investigations and Anti-Corruption services.

The highly interactive training was based on a hypothetical case of corruption in issuing a license for a telecommunications company, and included sample invoices, news reports, witness testimonies, internal communications and bank transfer documents that the participants, working in groups, needed to piece together into a case to present to a hypothetical prosecution. The thirty Tunisian participants at the training included representatives of INLUCC, as well as of a broad array of relevant Tunisian institutions, including government regulators and lawyers.

Anti-Corruption Programs at the Institute: Our Intensive Practitioner Courses Continue

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13100904_1020086394744667_4969438227977704447_nIn late April, we again conducted our popular program on “Investigating and Prosecuting Official Corruption” for a fully enrolled session. Participants at this most recent session included prosecutors, investigators, and NGO representatives from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kenya, Serbia, and Tunisia as well as a number of observers, including representatives from the OSCE and from US embassies across the Balkan region.

The five-day interactive program also brought together an extraordinary faculty line-up of some of the world’s foremost anti-corruption prosecutors and forensic accountants, who guided the participants through a case-based, interactive curricula using realistic case scenarios as learning tools. As part of the program, participants work throughout the week in small groups to develop their own investigation strategy, learning to use time-tested investigative tools along the way. Building on each previous session, participants are presented each day with additional facts, documents, information, and legal obstacles that they must confront and overcome as the evidence and case scenario become more and more complicated. The course is designed to develop and improve practical investigation skills as the participants pursue a resolution to their case, augmented by expert guidance and instruction. The case scenario is supported by relevant faculty presentations on key topics and faculty-provided mentoring to the small groups, as well as to individual participants throughout the program.