Upcoming Symposium: Understanding and Taming Public and Private Corruption in the 21st Century
From ex-New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin being found guilty of corruption in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, to a report finding that the owners of Bangladesh’s Rana Plaza were responsible for a building collapse, to Canadian Senators wrongfully claiming various travel expenses and expenditures, the problems of public and private corruption are a reality in business and politics today. To bring such problems into focus, on Thursday November 6th and Friday November 7th, the Osgoode Hall Law Journal, in collaboration with the Jack & Mae Nathanson Centre on Transnational Human Rights, Crime, and Security, will host its second bi-annual symposium, entitled “Understanding and Taming Public and Private Corruption in the 21st Century.”
The symposium—co-organized by Professors Ron Atkey and Cynthia Williams of Osgoode Hall Law School and Margaret Beare of York University’s Department of Law and Sociology—will interrogate the issue of corruption on a number of levels. How is corruption undermining international economic development? In what ways does corruption foster criminal associations? What are the implications of interactions between business and government corruption? What are the effects of corruption within government institutions? Is the current regime of foreign corrupt practices legislation and whistle-blowing protections adequate to address corruption in contemporary public and private sectors? Experts in the field will address these questions and more.
With a keynote address to be delivered by John Sandage, Director, Division for Treaty Affairs, United Nations Office On Drugs And Crime, Vienna, the event promises to provoke debate on and provide timely insights into the issues surrounding corruption. In particular, Mr. Sandage will speak to the themes of global corruption and the relevancy of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption.