Anti-Corruption Academic Initiative (ACAD) General Meeting

Wednesday, 25 Feb, 2015

Anti-Corruption Academic Initiative (ACAD) General Meeting

Aims and Objectives

the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in cooperation with the UNODC advocate for anti-corruption in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region is organizing an Expert Group Meeting of the Anti-Corruption Academic Initiative (ACAD), to be held at the Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption Center in Doha, Qatar, on 25 and 26 February 2015. The language of the meeting will be English.

The two-day meeting for members of the ACAD Initiative and other academics and government officials will provide a forum discuss anti-corruption research and education and make recommendations on activities to support ACAD in 2015 and beyond.

2014 was a productive year the Initiative which saw the first “teach the teacher” workshop held in Vienna, Austria; expanded its membership substantially; and developed the ACAD Menu of Topics. It also signaled the start of a new partnership with Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption Center in Doha, Qatar which is generously supporting development and expansion of ACAD.

Building on this new momentum, and the progress made through the previous ACAD Initiative meetings held in Boston (2011), Marrakech (2011) and Vienna (2012) participants will be asked to take stock of our work done to date and to identify specific steps that can be taken to further support the academic community in providing anti-corruption education.
More specifically, the workshop will:

• Provide a platform for dialogue between anti-corruption education experts in order to discuss and make recommendations for the Initiative in 2015 to include preparing for the ACAD meeting prior to the Conference of States Parties, scheduled to take place in Saint Petersburg, Russia in early November 2015;
• Further development and enhancement of the UNCAC Model course and how to increase its availability and accessibility through an interactive online method. Funding has been made available for this to happen.
• Identify the specific next steps that should be taken under the ACAD Initiative in order to improve the support it provides to members of the academic community interested in teaching in this field, in particular how to enhance and develop the “teacher the teacher” course.

Methodology

The workshop is designed to deliver its objectives in an interactive manner over two days. It will generally be held in plenary sessions, thereby enabling participants to provide presentations and engage in broad discussions with a view to exchanging information and clarifying key concepts. It will also include smaller group discussions allowing for more detailed discussion and presentation to the larger group.

Schedule

25/02/2015

09.00 – 09.30 Registration


09.30 – 10.15 Opening of the Workshop
Session Objective: Official opening of the workshop, introduce its objectives and tour de table to introduce participants.
Speakers:
TBD
Mr Constantine Palicarsky, UNODC


10.15 – 11.00 1. The Anti-Corruption Academic Initiative: Progress made so far
Session Objective: To provide participants with an overview of the work conducted under the ACAD Initiative since its last meeting as well as key achievements.
Moderator: Mr Constantine Palicarsky, UNODC
Speakers: Mr Ronan O’Laoire UNODC


11.00 – 11.30 Break


11.30 – 13.00 2. New developments in anti-corruption education
Session Objective: To discuss proposed activities for the Initiative in 2015 and presentations from participating members on developments and education in the field of anti-corruption research and study
Moderator:
Professor Katherine Hall, The Australian University
Speakers:
TBD


13.00 – 14.00 Lunch


14.00 – 15.15 3. ACAD Activities in 2015 and beyond
Session Objective: To have an open discussion about activities for ACAD in 2015 and beyond.
Moderator:
Professor Ugi Zvecic, University of Belgrade
Speakers:
TBD
Mr Ronan O’Laoire UNODC


15.15 – 15.45 Coffee Break


15.45 – 17.00 4. Anti-corruption education and the role of the ACAD Initiative: Breakout groups
Session Objective: Two Breakout groups to make, on the basis of the experiences of participants, recommendations and identify challenges for ACAD for feedback in plenary.
Moderators:
TBD
Mr Max Kaiser Aranda, Director, EGAP Gobierno y Política Pública, Santa Fe, Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico
Speakers:
TBD


17.00 – 17.15 Concluding remarks and closing of meeting
Session Objective: To summarize the key recommendations received from the breakout groups and identify a preliminary plan of action for the Initiative going forward.
Speakers:
UNODC


EVENING RECEPTION HOSTED BY THE RULE OF LAW AND ANTI-CORRUPTION CENTRE
Details to be announced.

26/02/2015

09.30 – 09.45 Opening of the Workshop
Session Objective: Review and summary of the previous day’s discussions and overview of the day’s sessions.
Speakers:
Messrs Constantine Palicarsky and Ronan O’Laoire, UNODC


09.45 – 11.00 6. Model UNCAC Course and ACAD Online presence
Session Objectives: To present the Model UNCAC course and discuss ways, based on experience of participants, how to enhance teaching of ACAD and the model course
Moderator:
Professor Keith Henderson, Washington College of Law, American University
Speakers:
TBD


11.00 – 11.30 Coffee Break


11.30 – 13.00 7. Enhancing ACAD’s Online presence
Session Objectives: Discuss ways, based on experience of participants, how to enhance online e-teaching of ACAD as well as how to teach the model course
Moderator:
Professor Adam Graycar, Australian National University
Speakers:
TBD


13.00 – 14.00 Lunch


14.00 – 15.15 8. Challenges in anti-corruption education and the role of the ACAD Initiative: Breakout groups
Session Objective: Two groups will Identify the specific next steps that should be taken under the ACAD Initiative in order to improve the support it provides to members of the academic community interested in teaching in this field, in particular how to enhance and develop the “teacher the teacher” course.

Moderators:
Professor Speedy Rice, Washington and Lee University, School of Law
Professor Ligia Maura Costa, Fundaçao Getulio Vargas (EASP) – São Paulo and Sciences-Po Paris
Speakers:
TBD


15.15 – 15.45 Break


15.45 – 17.00 9. Challenges in anti-corruption education and the role of the ACAD Initiative: Breakout groups (continued) and closing of meeting
Session Objective: To summarize the key recommendations received from the breakout groups and identify a preliminary plan of action for the Initiative going forward.
Moderators:
Professor Speedy Rice, Washington and Lee University, School of Law
Professor Ligia Maura Costa, Fundaçao Getulio Vargas (EASP) – São Paulo and Sciences-Po Paris

Speakers:
TBD.
Messrs Constantine Palicarsky and Ronan O’Laoire, UNODC



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