January 14, 2015

Roundtable Addresses Anti-Corruption Efforts in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations

January 2015

In September 2014, the ABA Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) and the United Nations Office on Drug and Crime (UNODC) co-hosted a roundtable discussion on anti-corruption activities in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Participants included representatives from the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of State.

Professor Matthew Stephenson of Harvard University’s School of Law, who also advises the World Bank, the UNDP, academic institutions and national governments on anti-corruption activities, shared the findings of his Transparency International-sponsored study, including on the role of corruption and bribery in transnational crimes in Southeast Asia. He also explored some of the challenges and opportunities for anti-corruption initiatives.

The roundtable was chaired by Shervin Majlessi, the regional anti-corruption advisor for UNODC.

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