University-Level Curriculum to Strengthen Russian Anti-Corruption Efforts

The ABA Rule of Law Initiative worked with the Russian Research Center of State and Municipal Offices to introduce anti-corruption coursework for university students in to supplement Russia’s ongoing reform efforts.

The ABA Rule of Law Initiative worked with the Russian Research Center of State and Municipal Offices to introduce anti-corruption coursework for university students to supplement Russia’s ongoing reform efforts.

June 2011 

Corruption is a systemic problem in the Russian Federation and continues to be a major obstacle for advancing the rule of law and democracy in the country. Despite federal-level efforts to combat the issue, corruption remains a challenge in Russia. In July 2008, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev identified corruption as a threat to Russian security, committing his government to legislative overhaul and institutional reform to combat the crime.

To compliment Russia’s ongoing reform efforts and to foster positive attitudes, behavior and practices in the next generation of public servants, the ABA Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI), in cooperation with the Russian Research Center of State and Municipal Offices, launched anti-corruption coursework for university students. The curriculum, specifically designed for students majoring in state and municipal management, will teach them about the development and implementation of anti-corruption measures.

Professors from leading Moscow-based universities, including Moscow State University’s Faculty of State and Municipal Management and the State University of Management’s Institute of Public Administration and Law, attended the roll-out event. Participating professors demonstrated keen interest in adopting the curriculum. They discussed enthusiastically the specifics of the course and how to use it. The director of the library at the Institute of State and Municipal Management asked for 100 copies of the course materials for the library.

The curriculum includes a teaching guide, which outlines teaching methods and helpful tools, as well as books and study guides for students. It covers various topics, including the legal basis of corruption prevention, mechanisms for preventing corruption, regulation of the activities of municipal bodies and officials, the creation of an effective system of management of municipal property and the legislative activities of municipal bodies.

The curriculum is expected to be introduced this fall in universities in Smolensk Oblast, Kaliningrad Oblast and Moscow. ABA ROLI’s municipal anti-corruption program is funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs.

To learn more about our work in Russia, contact the ABA Rule of Law Initiative at rol@americanbar.org

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