Newsletter November 2013
International Centre for Asset Recovery (ICAR)
Experts Workshop on “Returning Stolen Asset” in Küsnacht (Zürich)
In cooperation with the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), ICAR organized and hosted a 2-day workshop on “Returning Stolen Assets” in Küsnacht (Zürich) on 24-25 October 2013. The workshop is the first in a series of workshops focusing on the return of stolen assets. 35 policy makers from requesting and requested countries from around the world attended the workshop with the aim to share and discuss past practices of repatriating stolen assets.
Financial Investigation and Asset Recovery Training Workshop in Botswana
In mid-September, ICAR’s training team, in close collaboration with the Botswana Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC), carried out a 5-day training workshop on Financial Investigation and Asset Recovery in Gaborone, Botswana. The 25 participants included DCEC investigators, prosecutors, staff from the newly established Financial Intelligence Agency, and a representative from the Financial Crimes Desk of Interpol in Botswana. The workshop aimed to enhance participants’ skills to investigate and prosecute money laundering and other complex, proceeds-generating corruption cases. As one of the trainees stated at the conclusion of the workshop: “They (the trainers) surely knew what they were talking about. The good thing about the resource persons is that they had adapted the programme to Botswana laws and legislation.”
New staff for ICAR
Case study presentation at the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) General Conference
The Institute presented a paper on “Old regime habits die hard: Institutional challenges to participatory governance in post-authoritarian Mexico” at the ECPR General Conference in Bordeaux, France (September). The paper presents findings from field research conducted in the context of the Institute’s two-year, EU funded research project on the linkages between corruption, governance and social accountability. The latter research is conducted in support of the EU’s programme of work on “the Ethnographic Study of Corruption Practices” as part of larger EU multi-centre research programme, ANTICORRP.
Support to the World Health Organisation (WHO) in defining its agenda for Health Systems Governance
WHO has requested the Basel Institute, along with a group of other health governance experts, to assist WHO in its efforts to define a Health Systems Governance agenda for the organisation. An initial technical consultation meeting on the specific topic of “Governance: an essential element to achieve universal health coverage” took place on 11 November 2013 in Geneva, Switzerland.
Spring course on “Sustainability and Health Governance” at the University of Basel
In the spirit of the Association Agreement between the Basel Institute and the University of Basel, the Basel Institute’s Governance Specialist, Dr Claudia Baez-Camargo, will teach a course next Spring on “Sustainability and Health Governance”, together with Professor Krista Nadakavukaren, as part of the Masters Programme on Life Sciences of the University’s Law Faculty.
Corporate Governance and Compliance
Joining the Advisory Board for the OECD’s Thematic Study on Business Integrity in Eastern Europe and Central Asia
At the invitation of the OECD, the Basel Institute on Governance has joined the Advisory Board, which has been established to advise on the OECD’s Thematic Study on Business Integrity in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. The first meeting was held in Istanbul in October, with all Advisory Board members giving input into the questionnaire, which will form the basis for the first part of this study.
Participating in the National Compliance Roundtable (Switzerland)
The Basel Institute has joined the recently established Swiss National Compliance Roundtable. The aim of the Roundtable is to develop national standards of education and training for persons interested in Compliance with a view to raising and setting standards and qualifications. A presentation will be made at the end of January 2014 to interested parties in the private sector, government and academia, which will outline the proposals for further work.
LLM lecture on Corporate Criminal Law at the University of Zürich
As part of the International Business Law LLM programme at the Europa Institute of the University of Zürich, the Institute’s compliance specialist, Gemma Aiolfi, also the Institute’s Head of Corporate Governace, Compliance, & Collective Action, gave lectures on the topic of Corporate Criminal Law. This course module was offered for the first time in English to law students from around the world. The course topics covered included corporate criminal liability, compliance and corruption.
International Centre for Collective Action
New staff for ICCA to build the B20 Collective Action Hub on Anti-Corruption
Supporting the Business Reporting Institution of the Ukraine
The Basel Institute worked closely with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) to develop the Business Reporting Institution for the Ukraine, which represents a High Level Reporting Mechanism to address business corruption risks. An official agreement in respect of this new Institution was due to be signed in early November by the EBRD and the Government of Ukraine. This process has currently been postponed by the Ukraine Government due to their need and request for further legal clarifications prior to the final signing of such agreement.
Presenting Collective Action at international forums in Europe
Staff from the ICCA presented on Collective Action at a range of high-level forums, including the UN Global Compact Leaders Summit, the World Bribery and Corruption Compliance Forum 2013 in London (October), addressing the topic from the perspective of mitigating risks in high risk markets, and during a panel discussions on Collective Action as part of the Compliance Week Global Conference on Ethics and Corruption in Brussels (October). More about the B20 Hub on Anti-Corruption Collective Action.
5th Conference of States Parties to the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC), 25-29 November 2013, Panama City, Panama
At the upcoming UN Conference of States Parties (CoSP) to the UNCAC in Panama City during 25-29 November 2013, the Basel Institute will officially launch its most recent publication, Emerging Trends in Asset Recovery (see above under “Recent publication”). The book will be distributed at our information booth where we look forward to welcoming you.
During the CoSP, the Institute will also be hosting and participating in a series of workshops, notably: