On Friday April 7, 2017, Anglo-American University (AAU), in cooperation with Transparency International Czech Republic and the law firm KINSTELLAR, held a one-day international conference with the aim of sharing the latest knowledge in the area of the detection of suspicious transactions.
The mission of the event, titled „ANTIcorruption & Fraud: DETECTION & MEASUREMENT,“ was to bring together scholars and experts from related fields with an interest in anti-corruption and anti-fraud policies to share their knowledge and best practices. More than 60 participants with 13 presentations provided ample space for discussions. A unique feature of the conference was an afternoon session focused on contemporary data issues and possible avenues of cooperation with academics. Together, the experts concluded that the growing complexity and sophistication of corruption requires closer cooperation between policymakers and academics to tackle the matter.
Keynote speakers of the conference were Prof. Lucio Picci from the Department of Economics of the University of Bologna, David Ondráčka who is the Head of Transparency International Czech Republic, and Jitka Logesová and Stanislav Mečl who are top end lawyers and experts on compliance from KINSTELLAR.
Other speakers were Peter Bolcha, Carollann Braum, Tomáš Evan, Steven Gawthorpe, Irena Jindřichovská, Jana Krajčová, David Langwallner, Josef Montag, Vladislav Pavlát, Filip Pertold, and Pietro Andrea Podda. A number of these are AAU’s researchers and lecturers who have dedicated themselves in the long-term to the topic of corruption. Their areas of interest are the measurement and identification of corruption as well as legal aspects.
Peter Bolcha, Director of the Center for Applied Research at Anglo-American University and main organizer of the conference, saw the linking of experts and practitioners from various professions to be a significant contribution of the event, stating that “We connect experts from various professional fields. Their collaboration is becoming more urgent with regard to the increasing complexity and sophistication of current methods of corruption.”
One of the speakers at the conference was Lucio Picci from the University of Bologna, world-renowned expert in the field of measuring corruption. He stated that: “In the field of the measurement and international comparison of corruption, we have been trying to enrich the traditional ways of measurement with new methods over the last decade and have thus come across surprising new facts about how corruption changes over time. This is then crucial for the evaluation of policies.”
David Ondráčka, Director of Transparency International Czech Republic, also spoke at the conference, stating that measuring corruption and quantifying its impact are always very difficult tasks. “Since 1995, Transparency International has been publishing the international Corruption Perception Index (CPI) which is based on expert surveys and provides one possible look at the state of corruption. Furthermore, we are also able to analyze and quantify financial fraud, for example in the framework of EU funds or in connection with the volume of money flowing out of public funds to tax haven companies.”
Legal aspects were covered by Jitka Logesová from KINSTELLAR. In her speech she noted that: “The low level of prosecution of corruption in Central and Eastern Europe (with the possible exception of Romania) is a real problem. It is very difficult to prove corruption. Criminal justice representatives and organs usually do not have enough information to initiate criminal proceedings. Closer cooperation between states and academics dealing with methods of detecting corruption could significantly improve the situation in this regard.”
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Publication date: April 10, 2017