Rule of Law

Gonzalo Smith: Corporate Anti-Corruption Strategies

Private companies are taking steps to build effective compliance systems aimed at preventing corrupt practices and at protecting companies from liability for illegal behavior by staff or contractors. Gonzalo Smith, the chief legal and governance officer for S.A.C.I. Falabella, a Chilean multinational corporation, explains how such efforts can help inoculate a company against corruption while also helping to fortify public institutions.

Preserving a Free Society: Governmental Power and the Rule of Law

The International Bar Association (IBA) is pleased to announce the launch of a six-part series of events featuring former and current senior government officials and other distinguished guests discussing the rule of law, which has become a vital, even existential, issue for societies around the world.

Never Apologize: A Russian Bureaucrat’s Creed

In Russia, this has been a cruel week on so many levels. The fire at a shopping mall in Kemerovo was a horrific, preventable tragedy that shook Russians awake. The spectacle of the frightened Kemerovo bureaucrats cringing before an angry boss who flew in from the Kremlin was humiliating to watch.

A national tragedy that left 64 people, including 41 children, dead, combined with the continuing saga of the Kremlin being pinned down as a preeminent rogue actor in the world, drove Russia and the West even further apart this week.

Arguments to Reform Mexico’s Anti-Trafficking Legislation

In the past few years, Mexico has taken a number of steps to prevent and prosecute trafficking in persons, and to protect its victims. The country’s government has signed international anti-trafficking conventions and taken some aspects of widely-accepted international definitions of this crime into account when drafting its anti-trafficking legislation.

Assassination of Human Rights Activist, Councilwoman Marielle Franco, Shocks Brazil

Late yesterday evening, City Councilwoman Marielle Franco was shot and killed in the streets of Rio de Janeiro while returning from an event encouraging the empowerment of young black Brazilians. Her driver, Anderson Pedro Gomes, was also killed. Initial reports indicate that this was a targeted assassination.

Ukraine Quarterly Digest: October – December 2017

The end of 2017 saw some important and long-awaited changes in Ukraine, including the passage of legislation to reform the judiciary, the pension system, and the health care system—all steps greeted positively by the IMF and World Bank. Agreements with the United States to assist with Ukraine’s cybersecurity efforts and defensive needs were also welcome. At the same time, the country was shaken by new tensions with neighboring countries, especially Belarus, over charges of spying, and Poland, as a result of how memory policies in the two countries are structured.

The Act of Disappearing in Mexico

In Mexico today, an individual vanishes – a daughter walking home from school, a husband returning from work, a young man out with his friends for the night – and no one seems to care. Their loved ones file the requisite paperwork, asking for an investigation, but no one else has noticed. This experience is multiplied by tens of thousands as the country recently surpassed 30,000 missing people, not to mention the more than 100,000 dead, since the Drug War was declared in 2006. How did disappearing become normal?

Special Weekly Asado - Labor Discord

A Modest Proposal for Strengthening Anti-Corruption Efforts in Honduras and the MACCIH

THE ABRUPT RESIGNATION of Juan Jiménez as the head of the OAS-led anti-corruption mechanism in Honduras known as MACCIH has been unsettling and disruptive to its important work. In light of the resignation, two senior members of the MACCIH’s investigative team have left as well. Progress underway on important corruption cases involving current and former Honduran authorities will inevitably experience delay. Furthermore, hard-won public support for the MACCIH and Jiménez’s leadership is being eroded.