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Watchdog II Conference - 31 July-1 August 2013

In July/August 2013, the Transnational Research Institute on Corruption was represented by the Director at Watchdog II Conference: Summit on Anti-Corruption Strategies hosted by the New York City Department of Investigation.  Professor Graycar joined with noted international experts on corruption to discuss research and practice on anti-corruption strategies. Among the other speakers were Professor Susan-Rose Ackerman of Yale University and Professor Michael Johnston of Colgate University as well as practitioners from the government, non-government and private sectors.

The Department of Investigation  is one of the oldest law-enforcement agencies in the United States, formed in the 1870s following a scandal in which the corrupt William “Boss” Tweed and his unscrupulous cronies skimmed millions from the City coffers. The agency investigates and refers for prosecution City employees and contractors engaged in corrupt or fraudulent activities or unethical conduct. Investigations may involve any agency, officer, elected official or employee of the City, as well as those who do business with or receive benefits from the City.


Presentation by Adam Graycar, Director of the Transnational Research Institute on Corruption, the Australian National University - Discussion of the contexts within which corrupt activities flourish, different responses to corruption from around the world and the effectiveness of corruption prevention strategies contained in the United Nations Convention Against Corruption as applied in different countries.

Presentation by Professor Michael Johnston, Colgate University - Research on Efficacy of Anti-Corruption Measures.

Presentation by Dr Marianne Camerer, Co-Founder and International Director of Global Integrity - Discussion of the history of Global Integrity and its mission and impact. Key ways that anti-corruption organizations can assist government with their integrity efforts.

Presentation by Inspector General Joseph Ferguson, Chicago Office of Inspector General - Predictive Programming: Front-end triggers and empowering city agencies to be vigilant




Updated: 6 September 2013/ Responsible Officer:  Jodie Mildenhall / Page Contact:  Jodie Mildenhall