Upcoming Events

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.

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.


Past Events

July 25 - 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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.  

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.

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. 

 

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. 

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

An increased urgency is growing around the world regarding the need to confront the deep-rooted problem of corruption. Prime Minister David Cameron plans to host a major international anti-corruption summit in London in May 2016 that will engage the global community on this issue.

The Wilson Center’s Rule of Law Initiative, in collaboration with Transparency International and Integrity Initiatives International, will preview the London summit and its potential both to refine and re-invigorate the global anti-corruption agenda. Robert Leventhal, Division Chief for Anti-Crime Initiatives, U.S. State Department, will address the United States’ international anti-corruption agenda and its goals for the London summit. He will be joined by Nick Dyer, Director General of International Development from the United Kingdom, as well as other prominent national and international experts.

February 3, 2016

Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington DC

“Grand corruption”—the abuse of public office by a nation’s leaders—is widespread. It is costly and closely correlated with violations of human rights. The victims of grand corruption range from the poor and powerless to the major international businesses which are disadvantaged because of their dedication to operating ethically. Indignation at corruption is destabilizing many countries and creating grave dangers to international peace and security. Despite laws, treaties, and the energetic efforts of civil society, grand corruption remains endemic in many nations.

November 3, 2014

The Case for an International Anti-Corruption Court