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2009 ABA (American Bar Association) Fall Meeting Print
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On October 29, 2009  there is a session dedicated to Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption: Initiatives, Strategies and Impact. Details below:

4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption: Initiatives, Strategies and Impact
Public International Law/Rule of Law

The last two decades of international efforts to promote governance and the rule of law have helped us realize that corruption is one of the major obstacles to economic and social development. There is a common consensus and understanding that corruption undermines the institutional integrity of the different branches of government. Its harmful effects are directly felt by the poor and traditionally disadvantaged groups (women, youth, indigenous populations, people of color) as they become the recipients of public services, policies and programs that lack transparency, integrity and, in many cases, are procured through bribery and fraud without proper oversight and accountability. The program will bring together academics, practitioners, multilateral organizations and representatives of civil society organizations with extensive worldwide experience in the process of combating corruption and promoting the rule of law, particularly in the context of developing countries. The discussion will challenge panelists on two levels. First, it will focus on the institutional strategies developed (how and why) to respond to the challenges brought by corruption across regions and areas: investment financing, rule of law and legal reform efforts, civil society strengthening and monitoring and watchdog efforts, multi-stakeholders dialogues, work on the local and international levels and strategy creation. Second, it will ask them to go beyond the status quo of rule of law and corruption efforts and put the discourse into context by inviting them to answer the following: Are we making any impact? Could we identify some lessons learned on how to improve development effectiveness and achieve strategic impact? How can we best assure that the poor and traditionally disadvantaged groups will not be the hardest hit by this phenomenon?

Sponsoring Committees:
NGO and Not-For-Profit Organizations Committee; Women's Interest Network (WIN)

Program Chairs:
Meaghan McGrath-Beaumont, International Finance Corporation (IFC), Washington, DC
Lelia Mooney, Rule of Law Officer, American Bar Association Section of International Law, Washington, DC

Moderator:
Lelia Mooney, Rule of Law Officer, American Bar Association Section of International Law, Washington, DC

Speakers:
James Goldston, Justice Initiative, Open Society Institute, New York, New York
Richard Messick, Legal Department, The World Bank Group, Washington, DC
Robert Meyers, Miami-Dade Commission on Ethics and Public Trust, Miami, Florida
Olga Nazario, PhD, Casals and Associates Inc., Miami, Florida
Alpita Shah, Fraud and Corruption, International Finance Corporation (IFC), Washington, DC
Location: Eden Roc, A Renaissance Beach Resort & Spa, 4525 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, Florida 33140 USA
For Registration and Additional Information please visit http://www.abanet.org/intlaw/fall09/

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