GOPAC sponsors the Forum of Parliamentarians in conjunction with the Conference of States Parties to the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC). The Forum provides GOPAC members and stakeholders a platform to discuss issues surrounding the UNCAC.
27 November 2013
15:00 to 18:00
Teatro La Huaca, Atlapa Convention Center
Panama City, Panama
The Forum takes place in parallel with the Fifth Conference of States Parties to the United Nations Convention Against Corruption which is hosted by UNODC. It will convene in Panama City from 25-29 November 2013.
GOPAC will host two panel sessions at the Forum. The objective of these sessions will be to expand parliamentary representation at the Conference of States Parties to the UNCAC to advance popular understanding and support of the Convention as well as to emphasize the Convention’s ability to advance public accountability through public representatives. Panelists will be joining us from GOPAC, the Word Bank Institute, Transparency International, and Interpol.
Panel 1: Improving Democratic Accountability Globally – 15:00 to 16:30
The first panel focuses on congressional oversight and presents key findings from the International Study Group on Oversight and Accountability in Presidential and Semi-presidential Systems which GOPAC held in partnership with the World Bank Institute and the Office for the Promotion of Parliamentary Democracy of the European Parliament. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss the challenges of improving accountability; issues with the structure of budget-related committees; and how legislators from different systems address the challenges of a strong executive. The panel will mark the launch of the Improving Democratic Accountability Globally: A handbook for legislators on congressional oversight in presidential systems, GOPAC’s latest oversight resource.
- Mary King, Secretary of the Board, GOPAC
- Kamarudin Jaffar, Chair of the Global Task Force on the UNCAC, GOPAC
- Ricardo Garcia Cervantes, Chair for Latin America Region, GOPAC
- Riccardo Pelizzo, Senior Consultant on Legislative Affairs, World Bank Institute
Panel 2: Ways Forward in Prosecuting Grand Corruption – 16:30 to 17:55
The second panel discusses whether the gravest acts of corruption should be considered crimes against international law. Corruption kills more people than war and famine combined, yet the worst perpetrators are too often able to use their illicit wealth and power to evade domestic justice. Can the international community use existing international institutions to prosecute perpetrators of grand corruption? Should the international community create new international legal instruments to end the impunity of the globe’s worst criminals? The panel will offer a fact-based analysis of the opportunities and challenges.
GOPAC DISCUSSION PAPER: PROSECUTING GRAND CORRUPTION AS AN INTERNATIONAL CRIME
- Martin Kreutner, Dean & Executive Secretary, International Anti-Corruption Academy
- Luis Moreno Ocampo, First Chief Prosecutor, International Criminal Court
- Akaash Maharaj, Executive Director, GOPAC
- Jose Carlos Ugaz, Board Member, Transparency International
- Jaganathan Saravanasamy, Assistant Director, Anti-Corruption Sub-Directorate, Interpol
Closing: John Sandage, UNODC Treaty Affairs Director – 17:55
Official Hotel of the GOPAC Delegation: Plaza Paitilla Inn Hotel