The 9th International Anti-Corruption Conference
Private Sector and Government Co-operation
in Conducting Investigations and Oversight
Judge Willem Heath: Special Investigations Unit, Heath Commission, S.
Africa "Private Sector and Government Co-operation in Conducting
Investigations and Oversight"
Peter Csonka, Council of Europe, France "The Council of Europe's Anti-
Professor Kathleen Clark, Cornell Law School, New York "Government
Licensing of Professionals as a Tool for Curbing Corruption"
Neil V. Getnick, Managing Partner, Getnick & Getnick, New York
Chair: Michael Hershman, DSFX, Virginia, email@example.com
The theme of the workshop was that effective cooperation between the
government and private sector is often critical to the successful
pursuit of international corruption investigations.
- Due to limited government resources and capabilities it is often
necessary to rely on outsourcing to assist in corruption
investigations and prosecutions. This is particularly true on complex
international probes where specialists in money laundering, computer
forensics and international law are needed.
It is imperative to establish the credentials and reputation of those
outside experts before engaging their services.
- After the investigation and successful prosecution of
organizations, which engage in corruption, there is another feature of
government and private sector cooperation. The use of monitors or
Independent Private Sector Inspectors General (IPSIG) is growing.
These IPSIG's ensure, while reporting back to the relevant government
authority, future compliance by the accused organization with relevant
laws, rules and regulations.
- False claims act type laws should be adopted beyond the United
States. This would allow private attorneys to represent citizens who
wish to sue organizations that defraud the government.
- The private sector, which has a growing expertise in investigating
fraud and corruption, must share their knowledge and experience with
government organizations, which have responsibility to pursue
corruption issues. This includes providing classroom as well as on-
the-job training opportunities.