Workshops

The need for Anti-Corruption Compliance Workshops

Many legal professionals remain unaware of the implications that corruption can have on their profession. Lawyers are increasingly exposed to risks, threats and challenges as potential intermediaries for illicit transactions as the international anti-corruption regulatory framework becomes progressively sophisticated. As a result, clients, especially multi-nationals, have begun requiring their external counsel to have a robust internal compliance programme in place before engaging their legal services.

To ensure not only the probity of the legal profession, but also the competitiveness of law firms to secure business from new and existing clients, it is essential that law firms (and individual practitioners) manage their practices as any other business affected by the risks, threats and challenges of corruption, including understanding what sanctions may be imposed for deliberate or inadvertent corruption and corruption-related activities, and implementing adequate compliance programmes to identify, address and resolve potential threats.

The IBA/OECD/UNODC Anti-Corruption Strategy for the Legal Profession (the ‘Strategy’) conducts in-country anti-corruption compliance workshops targeted at private practitioners in order to fulfil this need. These workshops are organised with the support of the local law societies and/or bar associations.

Nicola Bonucci, Director of Legal Affairs, OECD, speaking at a pilot Anti-Corruption  workshop in Chile 7 September 2010

Progress so far 

The IBA is conducting in-country workshops for senior-level private practitioners of those law firms highly involved in business transactions. The pilot workshops took place during the second half of 2010 in five Latin American jurisdictions – Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru. In 2011 and 2012 further workshops were held in Asian, South African countries, Latin American and European jurisdictions, and continued in 2013 in Spain, Africa and Southeast Asia. In 2014, workshops took place in Dubai, Uganda, Rwanda, Bolivia and Paraguay.

The agendas of the workshops held to date can be found by selecting the country links below.

International Experts

Trainers include international and local experts from Transparency International, Mayer Brown LL.P, KPMG LL.P, BuckleySandler LL.P, Norton Rose Fulbright, Paul Hastings, Dell, Peters & Peters LL.P, Eni SpA, OECD, UNODC, IBA, the local bar associations, and the national anti-corruption authority, among others. Participation in the workshops is by invitation only. Attendees include senior-level private practitioners of law firms who tend to be regularly involved in business transactions.

 

 

Anti-Corruption Compliance Workshops calendar:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Workshops to date:

 

Ukraine

 

19 March 2015 

 

Zambia

 

21 & 22 April 2015

 

Santiago de Chile, Chile

 

7 September 2010

 

Buenos Aires, Argentina

 

9 September 2010

 

Mexico City, Mexico

 

20 October 2010

 

Lima, Peru

 

16 November 2010

 

Bogota D.C., Colombia

 

18 November 2010

 

The Democratic Republic of Congo

 

21 January 2011

 

Jakarta, Indonesia

 

12 May 2011

 

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

 

13 May 2011

 

Seoul, South Korea

 

3 June 2011

 

Tokyo, Japan

 

6 June 2011

 

Sao Paulo, Brazil

 

27 September 2011

 

Caracas, Venezuela

 

29 September 2011

 

Johannesburg, South Africa

 

15 February 2012

 

Durban, South Africa

 

16 February 2012

 

Istanbul, Turkey

 

28 March 2012

 

Rome, Italy

 

29 March 2012

 

Moscow, Russia

 

17 April 2012

 

Sydney, Australia

 

13 August 2012 

 

Cape Town, South Africa

 

29 October 2012

 

Windhoek, Namibia

 

30 October 2012

 

Panama City, Panama

 

6 December 2012

 

Madrid, Spain

 

6 June 2013

 

Barcelona, Spain

 

7 June 2013

 

Nairobi, Kenya

 

17 September 2013

 

Harare, Zimbabwe

 

19 September 2013

 

Bangkok, Thailand

 

31 October 2013

 

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

 

1 November  2013

 

Lagos, Nigeria

 

11 December 2013

 

Dubai, UAE

 

6 March 2014

 

Kampala, Uganda

 

24 September 2014

 

Kigali, Rwanda

 

25 September 2014

 

Santa Cruz, Bolivia

5 November 2014 

 

Asunción, Paraguay

6 November 2014