The Human and Environmental Development Agenda (HEDA), the Nigeria Coalition on International Criminal Courts, and the Nigeria Bar Association will be hosting a conference on the role of supranational courts in combatting grand corruption. Paul Hoffman, representing III, will be the keynote speaker. This event has been postponed from its original date, and discussions are being held to determine the new time.
entebbe, Uganda - October, 17-20
From October 17th to 20th, III will be in Entebbe, Uganda for a workshop hosted by Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Foundation and IFAISA Accountability Now on the African legal frameworks for preventing, combating, investigating, prosecuting, and punishing the corrupt. Board Member Justice Richard Goldstone, III Partner Paul Hoffman, and III Assistant Director Michael Galant will be in attendance. The goal of the workshop is to review the existing legal frameworks in Africa as they relate to corruption, and create broad guidelines and recommendations that set out minimum legal standards in preventing, combating, investigating, prosecuting, and ultimately punishing the corrupt.
Copenhagen, Denmark - October, 22-24
From October 22nd to 24th, III will be in Copenhagen to participate in Transparency International’s biennial International Anti-Corruption Conference. The Conference brings together anti-corruption activists, NGOs, journalists, politicians, academics, and more from around the world.
Copenhagen, Denmark - October, 25-26
From October 25th to 26th, III will be participating in the World Bank’s International Corruption Hunters Alliance in Copenhagen. III Chair Mark Wolf will be speaking at the program on Friday the 26th at 2:00pm on the Rule of Law and Judicial Approaches to Combatting Corruption.
Prague, Czech Republic - November, 12-13
From November 12th to 13th III will be participating in the International Bar Association’s Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia Anti-Corruption Enforcement and Compliance Conference in Prague, Czech Republic. III Chair Mark Wolf will be featured as a panelist on the regional enforcement panel from law enforcement officials. For more information on the event, the program can be found here.
CAMBRIDGE, MA - OCTOBER 10
On October 10th, III Board Chair Mark Wolf moderated a conversation with James Loeffler, Jay Berkowitz Professor of Jewish History at the University of Virginia, as a part of the Harvard Kennedy School Carr Center’s series on the anniversary of the United Nations’ Declaration of Human Rights. The conversation centered around Professor Loeffler’s recently published book, “Rooted Cosmopolitans: Jews and Human Rights in the Twentieth Century,” in which he discusses the origins of international human rights law. To purchase “Rooted Cosmopolitans: Jews and Human Rights in the Twentieth Century,” you can visit the Yale University Press website.
MExico City, mexico - October, 1-2
On October 1st, III board member Robert Rotberg was the keynote speaker at the 7th annual international conference of Mexico’s Accountability Network. The topic of his speech was “The Roots of Corruption,” the conference’s theme being “Challenges of Anticorruption Policy: From Capture to Universalism.”
New Delhi, India - August 14
On August 14th, III Board member and anti-corruption expert Dr Emil Bolongaita will be leading a roundtable forum on the International Anti-Corruption Court hosted by the India International Centre(http://www.iicdelhi.nic.in/) in New Delhi, India. The Forum will be presided by the Former Attorney-General for India, and attended by an Advocate for the Supreme Court of India, among others.
Jakarta, Indonesia - August 8
On August 8th, III Board member and anti-corruption expert Emil Bolongaita will be leading a roundtable discussion on the International Anti-Corruption Court hosted by Indonesia's Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) in Jakarta, Indonesia. The discussion will include public officials and civil society leaders from Indonesia Corruption Watch, Amnesty International Indonesia, and more.
Manila, the Philippines - July 18
On July 18, III Board member and anti-corruption expert Emil Bolongaita will be leading a roundtable discussion on the International Anti-Corruption Court, convened by the School of Government of Ateneo de Manila University. The discussion will include leaders from across sectors - sitting senators, CEOs, academics, and activists alike.
Washington, D.C. - May 10
On Thursday, May 10 Mark Wolf will speak at the World Bank at their Washington, DC headquarters at a Governance Learns forum titled "The Role of National and International Courts in Fighting Corruption." He will be joined by Georgia Harley, Senior Public Sector Specialist at Governance GP, Roberto de Michele, Modernization of the State Principal Specialist at the Inter-American Development Bank, Stephen Zimmerman, Senior Advisor at Governance GP, and Debbie Wetzel, Senior Director at Governance GP. Judge Wolf will present the proposal for the International Anti-Corruption Court, and Georgia Harley and Roberto de Michele will discuss World Bank and Inter-American Development Bank experiences in supporting specialized anti-corruption courts and judicial systems more broadly.
Cambridge, MA - April 25
On April 25, the Harvard Kennedy School's Carr Center for Human Rights will be hosting a symposium titled "Corruption and Human Rights - The Linkages, the Challenges, and Paths for Progress." Speakers at the event include Alberto Mora, Luis Moreno-Ocampo, Kathryn Sikkink, Judge Mark Wolf, and others. The symposium will run all day at the Kennedy School's Malkin Penthouse. Learn more and register here. Read the event program here.
Lima, Peru - April 13-14
From April 10 - 14, Campbell Erickson will be in Lima, Peru to represent III at the Organization of American States' Summit of the Americas. The summit's theme for 2018 is "Democratic Governance Against Corruption." Campbell will be participating in several events at the summit that will be held specifically for civil society actors. He will also be working with youth participants to strengthen III's network of young activists, and to promote greater interest in the campaign for the International Anti-Corruption Court among young activists. To learn more about the summit, click here.
Oxford, England - April 10-13
From April 10 - 13, Mark Wolf will be attending the 2018 Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship at Oxford University, at which he will advocate for the creation of the International Anti-Corruption Court and related measures as effective tools in the fight against grand corruption. The forum seeks to unite social entrepreneurs with "essential partners in a collaborative pursuit of learning, leverage, and large-scale social change. " The forum's theme for 2018 is "The Power of Proximity." Participants will learn from individuals who work in and with communities facing persistent threats of inequality and injustice. Speakers will include community leaders, activists, social entrepreneurs, and innovators. Delegates from almost 65 countries will be in attendance. To learn more about the forum, click here.
February 20 - Geneva, Switzerland
On February 20th, III Board Chair Mark Wolf will speak at the Geneva Centre for Civil and Political Rights' ("CCPR") conference "Anti-Corruption Strategies for UN Human Rights Treaty Bodies." The conference "will provide a venue to further discuss how the issue of corruption, in particular through the lens of victims of corruption, could be taken into consideration by UN Treaty bodies. The conference will also invite discussion on how human rights should be considered in the context of stolen asset return." To learn more about the event and CCPR, visit their website.
February 5 - Cambridge, ma
On February 5, 2018 the Neiman Foundation will brought III Board Chair Mark Wolf infor a discussion with Neiman Fellow Frederik Obermaier. They discussed, among other things, the relationship between investigative journalism and prosecution in the process of prosecuting grand corruption. Frederick Obermaier has received numerous awards for his work on the Panama Papers revelations. To learn more about the Neiman Foundation and the Neiman Fellowship, visit their website.
February 9 - Cambridge, MA
On February 9, 2018, III Chair Mark Wolf lead a presentation for the Harvard Kennedy School Carr Center for Human Rights faculty titled "Grand Corruption, Violations of Human Rights, and the Case for an International Anti-Corruption Court." To learn more about the Carr Center, visit their website.
November 14-16 - Sydney, Australia
This upcoming November, Judge Wolf will be a keynote speaker at the sixth biennial Australian Public Sector Anti-Corruption Conference (APSACC) in Sydney, Australia. Hosted by the Independent Commission Against Corruption and the Crime and Corruption Commission, APSACC is Australia’s premier corruption and misconduct prevention forum. With over 80 speakers, more than 22 sessions, and six workshops, the conference provides an opportunity for key decision makers from governments worldwide to focus on the latest innovations, strategies, and future directions in preventing corruption. Those in attendance include leading practitioners, legal officers, local government executives, academics and governance managers, among others. This past May, the New South Wales Independent Commission Against Corruption interviewed Judge Wolf on his long career in international anti-corruption in lead up to the event.
JULY 25, 2017 - Bridgewater, MA
On July 25th, Judge Wolf spoke to the Mandela Fellows at Bridgewater State University. The Mandela Washington Fellowship, the flagship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative, gives 1000 exceptional young leaders from across Sub-Saharan Africa the opportunity to study and develop their skills at an American college or university with support for professional development upon their return home. To learn more about the program, visit their website. To learn more about the Mandela Fellows who are studying at Bridgewater State University this year, read their bios here.
June 25-28, 2017 - Cambridge, MA
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.
APRIL 27, 2017 ~ WASHINGTON, DC
On April 27, Judge Wolf was one of the keynote speakers in a round-table discussion titled 'Strengths and Weaknesses of Legal Mechanisms to Combat Kleptocracy,' sponsored by the National Endowment for Democracy’s (NED) International Forum for Democratic Studies. Alongside Charles Davidson, executive director of the Hudson Institute’s Kleptocracy Initiative, Judge Wolf explored several key questions regarding existing laws addressing corruption as well as emerging legal mechanisms and civil society groups that may be useful in the global fight against kleptocracy.
Also on this day, Judge Wolf served as a discussant at a round-table discussion led by Judge Claudia Escobar titled 'Judicial Independence as a Tool to Fight Corruption: Lessons from Guatemala.' As a part of the same NED roundtable discussion series, this event addressed the future of Guatemala’s judiciary and its capacity to uphold the rule of law, as well as Judge Escobar’s experience fighting against corruption in the face of a lack of judicial independence in Guatemala.
These events came after an earlier round-table discussion held in November titled 'Legal Mechanisms to Combat Kleptocracy,' also sponsored by the International Forum for Democratic Studies at the NED.
Most recently, Judge Wolf was interviewed by Melissa Aten of the International Forum for Democratic Studies at the NED regarding III’s proposal for the creation of an International Anti-Corruption Court as a tool in the fight against global kleptocracy.
APRIL 18, 2017 ~ CAMBRIDGE, MA
Judge Wolf gave a talk titled: "Grand Corruption, Violations of Human Rights, and the Need for an International Anti-Corruption Court" at the Harvard Kennedy School. Carr Center's Senior Fellow Alberto Mora, the former General Counsel of the U.S. Navy under George W. Bush, moderated.
Alberto Mora was born in 1952 in Boston, Massachusetts, and received a B.A. with honors, from Swarthmore College and a J.D. from University of Miami School of Law. He has held positions with the U.S. State Department as a Foreign Service Officer at the U.S. embassy in Lisbon, Portugal, in the George H.W. Bush administration as General Counsel to the United States Information Agency, and as a member of the Broadcasting Board of Governors. Beginning in 2001, as the General Counsel of the Navy, he led efforts in the Department of Defense to oppose Bush administration legal theories that allowed harsh interrogation tactics at the U.S. detention camp in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Mora has been honored for his constitutional heroics, including the Profile in Courage Award from the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation and by the Distinguished Honor Award from the United States Information Agency.
MARCH 27, 2017 - WASHINGTON, D.C.
COMBATTING KLEPTOCRACY: IS AN INTERNATIONAL ANTI-CORRUPTION COURT THE ANSWER? Kleptocracy presents a growing threat to U.S. national security and international peace, as money laundering and other forms of public “grand corruption” increasingly undermine democracy, cripple development, weaken Western soft power, and accelerate state collapse. Can an International Anti-Corruption Court, modeled on the International Criminal Court in The Hague, tackle the problem?
Featuring: Christine Chung, Former Senior Trial Attorney at the International Criminal Court; Deborah Connor, Acting Chief, Money Laundering Assert Recovery Section, U.S. Department of Justice; Frank Vogl, Co-Founder of Transparency International & The Partnership for Transparency Fund; and Honorable Mark L. Wolf, Judge, United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts.
February 9, 2017
In February, the International Institutions and Global Governance program at the Council on Foreign Relations held a meeting of the US and the Future of Global Governance Round-table Series in Washington, D.C. Judge Mark Wolf was a speaker, alongside Robert Rotberg, founding director of the Harvard Kennedy School Program on Intrastate Conflict. The round-table was held to discuss the concept of a global anti-corruption court, and how the larger foreign policy community can be involved in furthering this endeavor.
June 16, 2016
The Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission convened a hearing on corruption on June 16th, 2016. Legal and human rights experts discussed corruption and its intersection with human rights violations and the prospects for strengthening accountability at the international level, including through strengthened international prosecution. Click here to watch the hearing.
May 12, 2016
British Prime Minister David Cameron hosted the anti-corruption summit in London on May 12th, 2016. Leaders from around the world gathered to discuss a global plan to fight corruption and help recover stolen assets. Listen to BBC coverage of the conference here.
April 13, 2016
Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington DC
February 3, 2016
Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington DC
November 3, 2014
The Case for an International Anti-Corruption Court