IBA OECD UNODC Anti-Corruption Strategy for the Legal Profession: an update


IBA OECD UNODC Anti-Corruption Strategy for the Legal Profession: an update

The Anti-Corruption Strategy for the Legal Profession is an IBA initiative in collaboration with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The Strategy focuses on the role played by lawyers in international corruption and on how international instruments and extraterritorial legislation apply to the legal practice. Different activities have been planned under this initiative, including a survey on perceptions and awareness of corruption by legal professionals, as well as in-country training programmes and conference sessions on the subject. Below is an update of the past and forthcoming activities developed under the Strategy:

Report and Vancouver session on the Risks and threats of Corruption and the legal profession

The IBA, OECD and UNODC have completed a successful global survey on perceptions and awareness of corruption by legal professionals. The survey was undertaken by more than 700 lawyers in almost 100 jurisdictions and the results are currently being transformed into a ground-breaking report that will be launched at the 2010 IBA Annual Conference in Vancouver, during the session entitled 'Risks and Threats of Corruption and the Legal Profession', 1000-1300 on Monday 4 October 2010.

The session will take the form of a roundtable discussion around the major findings of the survey and it will be chaired by Homer Moyer Jr, Miller & Chevalier and Tomas Lindholm, Lindholm Wallgren. The panel of experts will consist of, Dimitri Vlassis, Head of the Corruption and Economic Crime Branch at the UNODC, Mark Mendelsohn, Partner at Paul Weiss, Robert Lupone, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Siemens Corporation, Mike Schwartz, Global Head of Anti-Corruption and Bribery at KPMG and Gonzalo Guzman, Senior Staff Lawyer, IBA Legal Projects Team.

In-country training programmes

The IBA, OECD and UNODC are also in the process of conducting a training programme for senior-level private practitioners of law firms highly involved in international transactions. The initial stage of the programme has focused on several Latin American countries, namely, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru. The Latin American sessions are supported by international and local experts from the IBA, OECD, UNODC, Mayer Brown LLP, and KPMG LLP.

The sessions for Chile and Argentina were successfully completed on 7 and 9 September 2010, respectively, with the participation of representatives of more than 60 firms from these countries, local bar associations and schools of law. The sessions for Mexico, Peru and Colombia, are scheduled for 20 October and 16 and 18 November. In 2011 the training programme will be expanded as a global project covering other Latin American, Asian and Eastern European jurisdictions.

For more information regarding the Strategy see http://tinyurl.com/AC-Strategy or contact Gonzalo Guzman, Senior Staff Lawyer, IBA Legal Projects Team at gonzalo.guzman@int-bar.org.