Anti-Corruption Workshops: an update February 2012

 

Anti-Corruption Workshops: an update

As part of the Anti-Corruption Strategy for the Legal Profession, an initiative of the IBA in cooperation with the OECD and the UNODC, two new anti-corruption workshops were held in South Africa in Johannesburg (15 February) and Durban (16 February). The workshops are designed to generate awareness of international corruption, outlining the complexities of the schemes lawyers and law firms often become involved in and of the sanctions incurred for involvement in corruption. Participants included senior-level private practitioners from over 40 of South Africa’s top law firms who are regularly involved in business transactions.

Participants benefited from the experience of leading international anti-corruption experts, including presenters from the OECD Secretariat, Dechert LLP, KPMG LLP, and the IBA as well as a number of national experts. Both workshops featured sessions which explored the global legal framework of international corruption; the role of lawyers as intermediaries and methods and policies for preventing corruption.

The workshops were organised with the local support of the Law Society of South Africa (LSSA), who after the success of the workshop would like to collaborate on the Strategy further to host a third South African Workshop which may take place in Cape Town this October. Another workshop in Zimbabwe may be scheduled to coincide with the visit to Cape Town.

As part of the continued expansion of the global anti-corruption workshops, the IBA will be conducting workshops in the first semester of 2012:

In addition to these national workshops, regional workshops will also be organised during the second semester for Legal Professionals in Eastern Europe and Central America and the Caribbean.

KPMG LLP has shown their continued support of the Anti-Corruption Strategy by providing specialist in Anti-Corruption compliance speakers for the 2012 Workshops. We have also confirmed the support of international law firm Dechert LLP, who have kindly agreed to provide expert speakers for our workshops in Istanbul and Moscow. Paul Hastings LLP has also provided their continued support for the Strategy, agreeing to provide a speaker for our Rome Workshop. Eni S.p.A has also agreed to provide speakers for our workshops in Istanbul, Rome and Moscow.

If you are interested in participating in this major global initiative, please contact Laverne Thomas Legal Projects Administrative Assistant, IBA London, laverne.thomas@int-bar.org.

For more details, visit the Anti-Corruption Strategy website www.anticorruptionstrategy.org.