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Tuesday, May 14, 2024 8:30 AM – 12:15 PM (US Eastern)

The American Bar Association, together with The George Washington University Law School, are delighted to invite you to “Countering Corruption at Home and Abroad,” a half-day conference. Join us as we delve into the intricate connection between domestic and international anti-corruption endeavors through two engaging panel discussions. The first panel will dissect the nexus between corruption and national security matters, while the second will delve into the realm of political corruption. This gathering aims to unite U.S. Government interagency personnel, anti-corruption specialists, civil society advocates, and scholars for an enriching exchange of insights and perspectives.

Event Agenda

8:30 - 9:00 AM | Coffee, Breakfast

Network with fellow professionals interested in anti-corruption. Refreshments provided.

9:00 - 9:30 AM | Welcome & Introductory Remarks

The American Bar Association Center for Global Programs, together with The George Washington University Law School, will welcome U.S. Government interagency personnel, anti-corruption experts, civil society representatives, and academics to the half-day conference.

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9:30 - 10:30 AM | Panel One: The Nexus between Corruption and Matters of National Security

On June 3, 2021, President Biden underscored the threat corruption poses to democracy by designating the fight against it as a fundamental U.S. national security concern. This directive tasked his national security team with crafting the inaugural United States Strategy on Countering Corruption. This strategy aims to enhance the U.S. Government's capabilities in preventing corruption, intensifying efforts against illicit financial activities, ensuring accountability for corrupt individuals, and empowering frontline figures such as activists and investigative journalists in exposing corruption. In this panel discussion, experts will explore how corruption evolves into a national security issue for nations and provide tangible instances of effective anti-corruption measures.

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10:30 - 11:00 AM | Coffee & Networking

Enjoy refreshments and networking with colleagues and professionals interested in issues of anti-corruption.

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11:00 AM - 12:00 PM | Panel Two: Political Corruption

2024 is the largest election year in history, with citizens of more than 70 countries heading to the polls. Unfortunately, weak and opaque campaign finance laws, unchecked political influence, foreign interference, and voter suppression threaten to undermine free, fair, and democratic elections across the globe. Join a panel of experts as they discuss the global challenge of political corruption and offer recommendations for reform.

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12:00 - 12:15 PM | Closing Remarks

Join us as we conclude the half-day conference and thank our speakers and guests.

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Learn more about the ABA's work in Anti-Corruption

Learn more about the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative's recent Anti-Corruption Policy and Research, Outreach and Engagement (APROE) program. The APROE program, which concluded in 2023, was an 18-month project supplementing the U.S. Government’s commitments to diplomacy and institutional reforms in support of national security interests through an increased awareness of international anticorruption policy and initiatives. The program began in June 2022 and is funded by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL).

These three micro-learning videos are based on roundtable discussions and policy briefs by ABA ROLI's APROE program.

How do we counter corruption?

In 2021 President Biden established the fight against corruption as a core national security interest and introduced the first U.S. Strategy to Counter Corruption. The Strategy explains five ways the U.S. is working with civil society, academics, private sector experts, and global partners to identify and stop corruption.

Resources and Publications

ABA ROLI's Justice Sector Training, Research and Coordination (JUSTRAC) program prioritizes fostering collaboration and bolstering evidence-based initiatives among justice sector and anti-corruption practitioners within and beyond the U.S. Government. Through JUSTRAC, ABA ROLI actively contributes to the implementation of the United States Strategy on Countering Corruption by developing a Learning Agenda aimed at addressing crucial knowledge gaps. Additionally, ABA ROLI facilitates the JUSTRAC Anti-Corruption Community of Practice, which serves to amplify U.S. interagency coordination and foster engagement with civil society regarding emerging anti-corruption themes.

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