Peter A Allard School of Law

Integrating Anti-Corruption into Canadian Foreign Policy

ACLP

Corruption is the key driver of many of the world’s most pressing issues, whether it is income inequality, conflict, or environmental degradation. Yet despite the importance of addressing corruption in these issues, anti-corruption is often siloed in foreign policy. 

However, Canada needs to look at corruption, not just from a national perspective in countries it supports through aid such as Ukraine or Haiti, and not just from a sectoral perspective such as anti-money laundering, or natural resource management. Anti-corruption needs to be cross-cutting through Canadian foreign policy and seen in interconnected systems. Canada must think of how it operates overseas and at home in order to address many of the issues related to corruption. 

On December 9-10, the United States will host over 100 countries for the Summit for Democracy where corruption will be a key pillar of discussion. Participating countries, including Canada, will be expected to set national priorities and report back at a follow-up summit next year after a year of action. 

This webinar is intended to look at anti-corruption from various perspectives that are not always considered together, with the goal of explaining why Canada needs to integrate anti-corruption as a cross-cutting issues in its foreign policy. The webinar discussion will also seek to provide recommendations on how the Canadian government can integrate anti-corruption into foreign policy, and what the delegation representing Canada at the Summit for Democracy should consider.

Panelists:

  • Moderator – James Cohen, Executive Director, Transparency International Canada
  • Dr. Peter German, President of the International Centre for Criminal Law Reform and Criminal Justice Policy, and former RCMP Deputy Commissioner
  • Elizabeth Hart, Chief of Party, Targeting Natural Resource Corruption, World Wildlife Foundation – US
  • Natalie Hogg, Director, Transparency International Defence and Security
  • Dr. Cheyanne Scharbatke-Church, Co-Director, The Corruption, Justice and Legitimacy Program

Opening remarks by Susan Côté-Freeman, Chair and President, Transparency International Canada.

This webinar is part of the Anti-Corruption Law Program and is co-hosted by Transparency International Canada, the Centre for Business Law at Allard Law, and the International Centre for Criminal Law Reform and Criminal Justice Policy.

This event qualifies for 1.5 CPD credits.

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  • Centre for Business Law
  • General Audience
  • Continuing Professional Development
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