In cooperation with the Egyptian Court of Cassation, Egypt’s highest appellate court, the ABA Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) convened two two-day workshops on anti-corruption issues from July 8–11. Fifty Court of Cassation judges took part in the workshops, which were funded by the Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation, with the aim of developing a greater understanding of the complexities of adjudicating anti-corruption cases and the need for international cooperation in resolving those cases.
In collaboration with the Court’s Department of International Relations, ABA ROLI developed a program that included analyses of national and international compliance with the United Nations Convention Against Corruption; presented mechanisms for combating corruption, including anti-money laundering, asset recovery and forensic auditing; and addressed both the role of the judiciary and the importance of international judicial cooperation.
Workshop leaders included Judge Rosemary Barkett of the U.S.’s 11th Circuit Court of Appeals and the Chair of ABA ROLI’s Middle East and North Africa Council; Judge Sidney Stein of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York; Judge Adel Maged, vice president of the Court of Cassation; Judge Ahmed AboElenaan, chief prosecutor of the Court of Cassation; Bruce Zagaris of Berliner, Corcoran & Rowe LLP; Pedro Perreira, of the Basel Institute on Governance’s Asset Recovery Divisione; and David Risley, an attaché with the U.S. Department of Justice who serves at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo.
ABA ROLI, the Court of Cassation and the SDC are currently planning another series of workshops, scheduled for October 2012.
To learn more about our work in Egypt, contact the ABA Rule of Law Initiative at firstname.lastname@example.org.