In late April, the CEELI Institute again conducted its program on “Investigating and Prosecuting Official Corruption.” As with the previous sessions, the five-day interactive program brought together an extraordinary faculty line-up consisting of some of the world’s foremost anti-corruption prosecutors, forensic accountants, and practitioners including Jean-Michel Ferat, a US forensic accountant and Managing Director of Claro Group, David Hawkes, a German senior prosecutor and head of the Special Litigation Unit in the World Bank Group’s Integrity Vice Presidency (IVP), Pamela Parizek, Partner at KPMG in Washington D.C., Bruno Cova, Chair of the Milan Office of the law firm of Paul Hastings, and Susan Ringler, Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer for a Fortune 100 company. Together, this esteemed faculty provided participants with a comprehensive framework for investigating and prosecuting official corruption.
The program’s participants included prosecutors, investigators, and NGO representatives from six countries including Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kenya, Serbia, and Tunisia as well as a number of observers including representatives from the OSCE and from US embassies from across the Balkan region. The CEELI Institute puts great emphasis on designing and conducting programs that use case-based, interactive curricula that use realistic case scenarios as learning tools.
Participants worked throughout the week 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 theirs was a case they would pursue to prosecution or not. Building on each previous session, participants were presented with additional facts, documents, information, and legal obstacles each day that they had to confront and overcome as the evidence and scenario became 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 the faculty provided mentoring to the small groups, as well as to individual participants throughout the program.