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The CEELI Institute Announces a Second 2016 Session of its Course on the Investigation and Prosecution of Public Corruption, November 14-18, 2016, Prague
The CEELI Institute will again offer our signature anti-corruption course in November. 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 November 14-18, 2016, and is designed to walk participants through the actual investigation of a case involving official corruption.
During the course, participants will work on a hypothetical case 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 transnational red flags, and evaluate possible cases of official corruption
- Analyze publicly 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
- 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 marshaling 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
The Institute continues to bring together the world’s most experienced anticorruption prosecutors, forensic accountants and practitioners as faculty to design and teach this course. Each session includes at least eight members from of our faculty roster:
Former Keynote Speakers
Nicola Bonucci, Director for Legal Affairs of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Paris; closely involved since 1997 in the monitoring of the OECD Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials; previously Legal Officer with the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO)
Drago Kos, Chair, OECD Working Group on Bribery; and Chair of the Independent Joint Anti-Corruption Monitoring and Evaluation Committee, overseeing efforts to combat corruption in Afghanistan. Former Chairman of the Council of Europe’s Group of States against Corruption (GRECO). Slovenia
Goran Klemenčič, Minister of Justice, Republic of Slovenia; Member of GRECO; Former Chief of the Commission for the Prevention of Corruption of the Republic of Slovenia. Responsible for conducting public corruption investigations, including one leading to the conviction of the Prime Minister of Slovenia.
The faculty roster also include:
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, D.C.
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.
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.
David Hawkes is former German senior prosecutor specialized in complex international anti-corruption and white collar crime investigation and litigation. He presently heads the Special Litigation Unit in the World Bank Group’s Integrity Vice Presidency (INT) in Washington, D.C.
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.
Pamela Parizek is an Advisory Partner at KPMG LLP and leads the Washington, DC Forensic practice. She has over 25 years of experience – as a lawyer, regulator and forensic accountant – investigating securities fraud, accounting irregularities and bribery allegations, and advising US and global clients on regulatory compliance.
To find out more about the training please see detailed information in attached brochure:
To reserve a place or for more information, please email email@example.com or call +420 606617643
2,300 USD – Full course and materials with lodging. Breakfast, lunch and refreshments included.
1,800 USD – Full course and materials without lodging. Lunch and refreshments included.
The CEELI Institute is gratified to have participated in the preparation of a landmark effort to promote and define the role of NGOs in monitoring court proceedings and the function of the judiciary. The final project report, NGOs and the Judiciary: Watchdog Activities, Interactions, Collaboration, and Communication, was recently published by the Warsaw based Polish NGO, the Institute for Law and Society (INPRIS). The publication represents the culmination of a two-year effort, funded by the International Visegrad Fund and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea. The CEELI Institute was one of six key NGOs contributing to this effort, along with counterparts in Poland, Slovakia, Albania, Macedonia and Serbia.
The report establishes key recommendations and good practice guidance for civil society organizations that are engaged in monitoring of the judiciary and judicial function. The recommendations have general applicability well outside the context of Central and Eastern Europe, and are models for NGO watchdog activities, and for NGO interaction with the judiciary. The recommendations emphasize the important role that NGOs and civil society play in assuring the transparent and effective operation of the judiciary, the need for cooperative engagement by NGOs and courts in the process of judicial monitoring, the role of NGOs in judicial training and education, and the need for NGOs to engage in shaping and informing public debate and discourse on the operation and reform of the judiciary.
The full report is available on the INPRIS website:
The report is also available for download on the CEELI Institute website: http://ceeliinstitute.org/annual-reports/
The CEELI Institute supported the creation of a new publication, “NGOs and the Judiciary – Watchdog Activities, Interactions, Collaboration, Communication” which has been developed under the leadership of the Polish Institute for Law and Society (INPRIS) and in cooperation with five partner organizations from V4 and Balkan countries, including: the CEELI Institute, Albanian Helsinki Committee (Albania), VIA IURIS (Slovakia), Coalition of Civil Associations “All for fair trials” (Macedonia), and Yucom (Serbia).
The publication is the result of collaborative work involving all partner organizations. It has been updated on the basis of research conducted by partners in their home countries, as well as the outcomes of the meeting of all organizations in Warsaw in 2015.
Part I of the publication summarizes general recommendations, as well as specific recommendations addressed to the judiciary and to NGOs. Every recommendation is followed by a number of best practice examples that serve as sources of inspiration for improving legal framework and building better relationships between NGOs and the judiciary. Part II contains excerpts from country reports drafted by all partner organizations. Finally, Part II includes annexes with the recommendations translated into Albanian, Macedonian and Serbian.
The present publication was prepared in the framework of the project “NGOs and the Judiciary – Watchdog Activities, Interactions, Collaboration, Communication”, which was supported by the Visegrad Fund (www.visegradfund.org) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea (www.mofa.go.kr).
The Villa Grébovka was packed with friends and colleagues from around the world for the Institute’s Annual Meeting on June 26th-28th, 2016. Board members, faculty, donors, former CEELI alums, and many more friends and colleagues came together in Prague for an opportunity to review our efforts over the past year, and to look ahead to programs for the coming year. This year’s meeting focused particularly on the ongoing challenges involved in delivering assistance in environments that are experiencing deliberate repression of civil society. Attention was given not just to the problems, but to possible solutions, including examination of effective strategies for delivering development assistance and supporting civil society in the face of hostile environments and government repression.
We were particularly delighted this year to welcome the U.S. Ambassador to the Czech Republic, the Hon. Andrew Schapiro, to speak about the embassy’s on-going efforts to promote anti-corruption initiatives in the Czech Republic. Ambassador Schapiro praised the Institute’s continued efforts across the spectrum of its programming and fielded some excellent questions on the perception of the US government’s efforts in Prague and across the rest of the country.
The Annual Meeting was rounded out with panels that highlighted current CEELI projects, including overviews of the Conference of Chief Justices of Central and Eastern Europe, and of our on-going anti-corruption courses. Two themed panels addressed Civil Society Organization in Crisis: Strategies for Support and Strategic Lawyering: The Role of Lawyers in Responding to Active Repression of Civil Society and Human Rights. As per usual, the panels proved to be the highlight of the meeting as the Institute welcomed an incredibly impressive array of speakers including Alina L. Romanowski, the U.S. State Department’s Coordinator for Assistance to Europe and Eurasia, Nadia Diuk, Vice President, National Endowment for Democracy, recently released political prisoner and human rights lawyer Rasul Jafarov from Azerbaijan, and Nicola Macbean, Executive Director of The Rights Practice in London.
The event wound down with a cocktail reception at the Villa Grebovka where guests and panelists continued discussions on pertinent issues raised throughout the day. CEELI Institute staff is ever grateful and humbled by the turn-out and support from friends and colleagues from around the globe and are already looking forward to next year’s program!