‘As President of the International Bar Association, the global voice of the legal profession, it is my honour to address you.
Judicial systems and judicial professionals play a key role in the fight against corruption, such as foreign bribery. It is therefore fundamental that judiciaries remain independent, impartial and equitable, while refraining from corrupt practices, such as bribery, which can have a damaging impact on citizens and seriously compromise the integrity and legitimacy of democratic institutions around the world...'
Excerpt from David W Rivkin's speech at OECD meeting, Fighting Foreign Bribery in an Increasingly Complex World: Towards a New Era of Enforcement, March 2016.
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David W Rivkin, President of the IBA; Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
The Ministerial Meeting on the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Anti-Bribery Convention, Fighting Foreign Bribery in an Increasingly Complex World: Towards a New Era of Enforcement, was held at the OECD Conference Centre in Paris on 16 March 2016.
The meeting was chaired by Andrea Orlando, Italian Minister of Justice, with Loretta E Lynch, United States Attorney General, and The Rt Hon Sir Eric Pickles, United Kingdom Government Anti-Corruption Champion, as Vice- Chairs.
A total of 75 heads of delegations attended, comprising ministers of justice, attorneys general and prosecutors general among others, of countries which have ratified the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention (in full, the OECD Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions).
Also in attendance were more than 10 observer countries, and almost 20 representatives of the private sector and international organisations.
The IBA’s input was required as the leading global legal body doing work in the area of anti-corruption.
At the OECD meeting, IBA President David W Rivkin summarised the work of the IBA Judicial Integrity Initiative, underlining the crucial role judicial systems and judicial professionals play in the fight against corruption; the necessity of judiciaries to be independent, impartial and equitable; and the far-reaching and damaging consequences corrupt practices, such as bribery, can have on citizens and democratic institutions around the world.
All heads of delegations gave summarised presentations of approximately three minutes duration, including Mr Rivkin.