Nancy Boswell is Director of the American University Washington College of Law’s US and International Anti-Corruption Law Program, a certificate program for practitioners worldwide. CIPE’s Frank Brown discusses Boswell’s academic work, along with general global anti-corruption trends in light of her past leadership of Transparency International USA and her current advisory role at various U.S. and international ethics-centered organizations.
- The Washington College of Law at American University’s summer program focused on anti-corruption law issues seems to be the only one of its kind in the United States. Can you describe how you conceived of it, how it has developed, and how, if at all, the way it has evolved over these years has surprised you?
The WCL Anti-Corruption Law Program was designed to meet today’s demand for trained public, private, and non-profit sector professionals to carry out integrity and compliance functions.
Public officials are struggling to fulfill the demands of their citizens for more accountable government. The private sector is confronting a highly competitive global market and, at the same time, a heightened risk of prosecution for illicit dealings. Development agencies are under pressure to make sure their assistance reaches those in need and is not diverted for corrupt purposes. Non-profits are pressed to protect humanitarian assistance from corrupt demands under crisis conditions.
The challenge for all these stakeholders is to put into practice what we have learned about fighting corruption. We have secured global consensus on laws, standards, and practices to address corruption, notably the UNCAC and regional anti-corruption agreements and a host of voluntary private sector integrity and compliance standards.
Today’s challenge is to secure comprehensive, effective implementation and enforcement of these new laws, standards, and practices. To secure progress on a global scale will take technical capacity and political will. Read more…