Contributors to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences quarterly publication Daedalus met on June 25-27, 2017 to discuss their contributions to the publication's "Anti-Corruption" issue that aspires to compile best practices on anti-corruption efforts.
On the evening of June 25th, III Chair and U.S. District Court Judge Mark L. Wolf spoke on a panel titled, 'Challenging Corrupt Practices: America, Brazil, Globally.' Judge Wolf was joined by fellow panelists, Zephyr Teachout, Associate Professor of Law at Fordham University School of Law, and Sergio Fernando Moro, a Federal Judge from the Thirteenth Federal Criminal Court, Curitiba, State of Paraná, Brazil. Editor of the special issue and III Board Member, Professor Robert Rotberg, chaired the panel.
Teachout delivered a compelling account of a newly debated corruption issue in the U.S., namely the Emoluments Clause of the U.S. Constitution, highlighting its historical roots in the framer's commitment to curbing corruption as well as modern arguments for its relevance today. Judge Moro next gave a riveting first-hand account of his experience handling cases related to the on-going Odebrecht "Car Wash" corruption scandal in Brazil, discussing the importance of rooting out such extreme forms of systemic corruption. Judge Wolf rounded out the evening's panel with a discussion of current efforts to create an International Anti-Corruption Court that could serve as a court of last resort to ensure that in countries where courageous individuals like Judge Moro are unable to successfully enforce criminal laws against corruption, corrupt public officials, and especially heads of state who often benefit from impunity, would be held accountable.