PANEL DISCUSSION: Norad’s international corruption hunters network meets in Bergen. Hear how some of them work to prosecute corrupt criminals, and about the importance of the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention.
«Why should not we – who are hunting the criminals – have a network when the criminals have their networks». The words are from Eva Joly who is one of the founders of the network of corruption hunters which Norad has been supporting as an aid-project since 2005. Four of the hunters coming to Bergen will discuss the main challenges they face in prosecuting corruption in their countries. They will also discuss whether international agreements such as the OECD (The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) Anti-Bribery Convention make their work easier.
The OECD Anti-Bribery Convention, adopted almost two decades ago, establishes legally binding standards to criminalise bribery of foreign public officials in international business transactions and provides for a host of related measures that make this effective. It is the first and only international anti-corruption instrument targeting the bribe payers in the criminal transaction. The 34 OECD member countries and seven non-member countries including South Africa have adopted this Convention.
(A video recording from event will be online some time after the event)
- Christine Uriarte (General Counsel, Anti-Corruption Division, OECD – The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development)
- Morten Eriksen (Senior Public Prosecutor, ØKOKRIM – The Norwegian National Authority for Investigation and Prosecution of Economic and Environmental Crime, Norway)
- Reyneck Matemba (Deputy Director of the Anti-Corruption Bureau, Malawi)
- Richard Findl (Chief Judge, Landshut High Court, Germany)
Tina Søreide (Associate Professor, NHH)
Sofie Schütte (Senior Advisor, U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre, Chr. Michelsen Institute)
Further reading: Norad’s International corruption hunters network
– See more at: http://www.u4.no/corruption-hunters/#sthash.JQGwPi1z.dpuf