Identifying Unexplained Wealth of Public Officials: CEELI Assists Civil Society in Developing New Anti-Corruption Tools

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Over the past year, CEELI has worked closely with NGOs from across Central and Eastern Europe who actively engaged in developing tools to more effectively monitor “Politically Exposed Persons” of PEPs, a category that includes parliamentarians, the judiciary, and senior government officials. PEPs, in most countries, are subject to enhanced legal requirements to publically disclose their assets. The efforts of these NGOs (and of the lawyers and journalists that work with them) include both the development of searchable public data bases and other public advocacy tools that can be used to draw public attention to official corruption and highlight cases of unexplained wealth.  Such tools and advocacy campaigns represent a new, more aggressive approach to documenting and publicizing public corruption; findings related to substantial unexplained wealth can be shared by NGOs with financial intelligence units (FIUs), banks and law enforcement agencies. NGOs in Croatia, Macedonia, Moldova, Serbia and Ukraine are currently among those in the forefront of these efforts.

CEELI’s efforts include quarterly sessions in Prague that are designed to facilitate coordination of ongoing regional efforts, the exchange of best practices, and the development of technical and systemic improvements to current databases. Specific issues include review of the ideal content and organization of PEP databases; considerations related to privacy protections and protection of personal data; standards for collecting data from the public registers; assuring information reliability; best practices for triggering responsive reactions by foreign law enforcement; analysis of financial records; identification of beneficial owners; and technical solutions for problems encountered by end users of PEP databases, including website security. CEELI is also currently working with regional NGOs to explore ways of developing a regional or global PEPs database.

Strengthening Public-Private Partnerships Against Corruption: CEELI Promotes Effective Corporate Compliance Training

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Training on Investigation and Prosecution of Official Corruption (Prague, April 8-12, 2019)

Public corruption must be addressed through private and corporate mechanisms, as well as through government action. To this end, in January 2019, the CEELI Institute again offered its unique curriculum designed to promote effective corporate compliance with relevant international anti-corruption standards. The program is targeted at individuals in transitioning countries who have responsibilities for advising their clients or employers on internal corporate compliance. CEELI recognized a growing demand for such training, particularly for practitioners in countries where corruption is still a major civil concern. In-house advisors are increasingly required to have detailed knowledge of relevant anticorruption statutes, as well as the broader international context in which multi-national corporations must now function. Avoiding corporate liability for corrupt practices is now critical to business operations, yet many lawyers in the region have had limited experience with international anti-corruption laws and with corporate compliance mechanisms. In designing this program, CEELI has again called on its exceptional roster of private-sector anti-corruption experts. This program examines various situations which present corruption risks, and explains how a good compliance program is a risk-reduction tool that can help manage corruption risks and reduce the likelihood of improper conduct and violations of law. Attention is given to the operation of well- known anti-corruption instruments, including the operation of the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), the UK Anti-Bribery Law and the UN Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC). Based on the enthusiastic participant response, we look forward to continuing

SPRING COURSE IS FULLY BOOKED: The CEELI Institute´s Spring Course on Investigating and Prosecuting Public Corruption – April 24-28, 2017 – Prague

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AC picThe CEELI Institute is delighted to announce a spring session of our signature anti-corruption course on the investigation and prosecution of public corruption cases. This five-day, highly interactive training provides participants with a comprehensive framework for initiating and pursuing official corruption cases. The course will take place at the Villa Grebovka in Prague the week of April 24-28, 2017, and is designed to walk participants through the investigation of a case involving official corruption. Participants will work in small groups with a hypothetical case to develop their own investigation strategy, learning to use time-tested investigative tools and develop practical skills along the way. Participant efforts are augmented by expert guidance and instruction.

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 how to acquire and use legally collected electronic evidence
• Use invoices, payment ledgers, receipts, and 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
• Prepare and present a summary of their investigation, supported by the necessary evidence and considering possible defenses and challenges that would be faced at trial
• Consider non-investigative measures to prevent and expose official corruption

The Institute continues to bring together the world’s most experienced anti-corruption prosecutors, forensic accountants, and practitioners as faculty to design and teach this course.

REGISTRATION INFORMATION

To reserve a place or for more information, please email Barbora Jungova at bjungova@ceeli-inst.org or call +420 606 617 643

2,450 USD – Full course and materials with lodging. Breakfast, lunch, and refreshments included.
1,900 USD – Full course and materials without lodging. Lunch and refreshments included.

Anti-Corruption Programs at the Institute: Fall Course Wrap-up

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vol_5325From November 14th-18th, 2016 the CEELI Institute organized its sixth round of training on “Investigating and Prosecuting Official Corruption.” The interactive five-day program brought together an extraordinary faculty line-up consisting of some of the world’s most experienced anti-corruption prosecutors, forensic accountants, and practitioners including Andrew Levchuk, former DoJ officer and current counsel to Bulkley, Richardson and Gelinas, LLP, Jagvinder Brar and Michael Peer, forensic accountants with KPMG, and John Griffith, Associate General Counsel in the Office of Global Compliance at Weatherford. Together they provided participants with a comprehensive framework for investigating and prosecuting official corruption.

The program was attended by 32 prosecutors, investigators, and judges from six countries – Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Montenegro, Russia, Serbia, and Ukraine – as well as a number of observers including representatives from US embassies across Eastern Europe and the Balkan region. The program uses carefully designed, case-based interactive curricula reliant on practical case scenarios as learning tools, demanding participants to take an active role throughout the workshop. As one of the participants noted, “This was a great program. It allowed us to compare tools and methods against corruption in different countries and allowed to get practical skills for the investigation of such cases.”

Participants worked in small groups to develop their own investigation strategy, learning to use time-tested investigative tools along the way, and ultimately making a recommendation to the larger conference on whether this was a case they would pursue to prosecution or not. With each session, participants were presented with additional facts and legal obstacles to confront and overcome as the fact patterns became more complicated. The course is designed to develop and improve practical skills as the participants pursue the investigation, augmented by expert guidance and instruction. The case scenario is supported by relevant faculty presentations on key topics. Our highly experienced faculty provided mentoring to the small groups, as well as one-on-one mentoring throughout the program.

Tunisia: Workshop on Corruption in Tax Administration 

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2016-11-03-at-12-05-25The CEELI Institute has returned to Tunisia on November 2-3 to organize another workshop in cooperation with the Tunisian Anti-Corruption Agency (INLUCC), this time focused on detecting and investigating corruption in the tax area. Close to forty participants from the INLUCC and a range of other government bodies, including government auditors, tax departments, accountants, lawyers and judges met to discuss the issue in Tunis.

The session was led by veteran Canadian prosecutor John Pearson, together with Tunisian magistrate Mohamed Ayadi.