Basel Institute at #IACC2022

Events by and with the Basel Institute on Governance at the International Anti-Corruption Conference 2022

A delegation from the Basel Institute will attend the International Anti-Corruption Conference in Washington DC on 6–10 December 2022. We will be distributing some of our recent publications and are looking forward to meeting our friends, partners and hopefully future partners in anti-corruption. 

Please join us at the following plenary sessions and workshops, stop by our booth or contact us via if you would like to arrange a meeting in advance.

Tuesday 6 December

Environmental corruption: A call to action

Tuesday 6 December, 15:00 EST

Launch of new Community of Practice on Countering Environmental Crime. WWF International and US, Transparency International, the Basel Institute on Governance and TRAFFIC are jointly launching a new Community of Practice at this session of #IACC2022. The community brings together global conservation and anti-corruption practitioners to counter the corruption threatening our planet.

The event is organised by WWF International and features speakers from WWF Nepal, TRAFFIC and Transparency International.


Wednesday 7 December

Using follow-the-money techniques to detect environmental crimes

Wednesday 7 December, 15:30pm EST

Numerous policy bodies, including the FATF, OECD, G20 and UN General Assembly, have urged member states to incorporate financial investigations into their environmental crime arsenal. The logic is obvious: rarely do seizures of illicit goods alone reveal the entire criminal network, leaving kingpins unpunished and able to both continue deploying their illicit funds for more criminal activity and enjoy the privileges they bring. 

The reality on the ground, however, is that financial investigations remain an afterthought and the exception, not the rule. 

The panelists will share their experiences providing technical support to wildlife agencies with law enforcement functions to strengthen the use of financial investigation techniques. They will highlight how such approaches need to be fine-tuned to increase the likelihood of success.

This event is organised by the Green Corruption team at the Basel Institute on Governance and features speakers from TRAFFIC, WWF and the Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption Center (TraCCC) at George Mason University.


Ensuring clean development in responding to emergencies

Wednesday 7 December, 15:30pm EST

Coordinated by the World Bank, the session will explore how multilateral development banks address corruption risks, empower stakeholders and work together to strengthen integrity in development projects.

It will be chaired by the Basel Institute's Managing Director Gretta Fenner and feature speakers from the Asian Development Bank, African Development Bank, Inter-American Development Bank and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.


The Integrity Pact: A global Collective Action standard for safeguarding strategic public investment.

Wednesday 7 December, 16:30pm EST

The session presents the main features of the global Integrity Pact standard that Transparency International is developing based on 20+ years of experience implementing Integrity Pacts for clean procurement. The event will encourage debate about how to make Integrity Pacts and other multi-stakeholder Collective Action initiatives a regular practice to prevent corruption, foster good governance and drive business integrity in public contracting.

It is coordinated by Transparency International. Vanessa Hans, Head of Private Sector at the Basel Institute on Governance, will speak alongside representatives from the International Anti-Corruption Academy and the OECD.


Thursday 8 December

Ending dark markets, criminal networks and cross-border crimes (Plenary 5) 

Thursday 8 December, 13:30 EST

The global demand for scarce, endangered, or forbidden goods and services, which often are acquired through trafficking, is steadily on the rise. Fuelled by corruption, the profits often are dirty and blood money. Criminal networks are the first to profit from this demand by creating dark markets and exploiting everything from human beings and endangered species to drugs and arms, from counterfeit merchandise or rare antiquities to precious natural resources.

Trafficking is a devastating business that knows no territorial boundaries. But people living in vulnerable conditions, weak states, and particularly in resource-rich yet fragile environments, are the first to suffer the harm inflicted by criminal networks, including death, while the consequences are often global. What is holding back law enforcement, how are criminal networks innovating and where are today’s most critical hotspots? What are institutions around the world doing to fight back?

This plenary session will be moderated by the Basel Institute's Managing Director Gretta Fenner.


Environmental crime, corruption and the climate crisis

Thursday 8 December, 14:30pm EST

This session examines how to strengthen anti-corruption frameworks and enforcement measures to protect the environment, the climate and the rights of indigenous peoples and communities.

A particular focus will be on opportunities to strengthen the UN Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) and its implementation, paving the way for joint advocacy efforts to promote the adoption of a new UNCAC resolution at the 10th Conference of the States Parties in 2023 to address the links between environmental crime, corruption and its impacts on the climate.

The session is coordinated by the Wildlife Justice Commission. Juhani Grossmann will speak on behalf of the Basel Institute on Governance, joining speakers from Earth League International, Transparency International, Transparency International Brazil and the UNCAC Coalition.


Friday 9 December

Fighting creed, kleptocracy, oligarchs, money laundering and their enablers (Plenary 6)

Friday 9 December, 11:00 EST

Greed drives the insatiable, and often corrupt, pursuit of wealth, money and power. The enablers are specialists that willingly engage in corrupt practices to ensure the impunity of kleptocrats and oligarchs. Accountants, bankers, real estate agents, luxury goods brokers - to name a few, are often implicated in complex schemes to obscure ill - gotten fortunes.

After years of self-sabotage, the game-changing Panama Papers and subsequent revelations, and the increasing threats to national security have prompted several countries to take real steps to curb the flow of dirty and blood money, though much more is to be done. Where have we successfully exposed and prosecuted complicit enablers? How do we ensure the adoption of international best practices in these sectors? How are countries cooperating to crack down on money laundering? How can the industries and businesses partner in developing safeguards to prevent law breaking enablers?

The Basel Institute's President Peter Maurer will speak at the plenary session.


Starving the kleptocratic Kremlin to rebuild Ukraine

Friday 9 December, 15:30 EST

This session aims to generate a realistic understanding of existing options for recovering assets frozen under sanctions related to the war in Ukraine. It also seeks to identify and promote new instruments that countries could introduce for this purpose, thereby contributing to the global effort to accelerate asset recovery and push boundaries of current practice.

The session is coordinated by Transparency International Ukraine and moderated by the Basel Institute's Managing Director Gretta Fenner. Speakers represent the Asset Recovery and Management Agency of Ukraine, the United States Department of Justice and the European Commission.


How can data support Collective Action against corruption?

Friday 9 December, 15:30 EST

This practical session will explore how data can support business-driven Collective Action in high-risk markets. It covers:

  • how corruption data can drive better integrity standards for the private sector globally, using examples from the Anonymous Incident Reporting system of the Maritime Anti-Corruption Network (MACN).
  • how data can drive the adoption of stronger integrity standards, using examples from an award-winning Collective Action project in Nigerian ports;
  • what determines success in Collective Action, with contributions from the audience; and
  • how Collective Action links to the international agenda.

The session is coordinated by the MACN. It features Gemma Aiolfi speaking on behalf of the Basel Institute on Governance, together with representatives from the Convention on Business Integrity in Nigeria and FedNAV.


Saturday 10 December

Dirty tricks and the cutting of the OECD Convention in Italy massively threatens anti-corruption enforcement across the world

Saturday 10 December, 14:30 EST

Gretta Fenner will moderate this panel discussion, which is organised by Global Witness. It features speakers from the HEDA Resource Centre in Nigeria, the FBI and The Sentry.


See the IACC website for the full #IACC2022 agenda and workshops.