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The Prosecution of Corruption in Africa: Challenging Impunity through the Rule of Law

Date: 14th June 2016

Time: 17:00 - 19:00

Venue: Jones Day LLP, 51 Louisiana Avenue, NW, WASHINGTON DC, 20001-2113

Event Details

Timings: 17:30-19:00, Registration opens at 17:00. The event will be followed by a drinks reception

Venue: Jones Day, Reception Entrance, 300 New Jersey Avenue NW, Washington DC, 20001-2113

Effective prosecutions for corruption need police, prosecutors, defence lawyers and judges that are committed to and protected by the rule of law. They must act independently of politics, and be free from political influence. They must enable and ensure due process of law in investigations and fair trials before independent courts. Presumption of innocence and the privilege against self-incrimination must be respected, but not abused and manipulated to derail investigations and trials. All too often they must manage not only domestic demands, but also the participation of international players and pressures, whether from multinational corporations, foreign states or international organisations. In countries where corruption is endemic, these challenges are often exacerbated not only by highly sophisticated corruption networks, but also by technical resourcing limits, nepotism, low wages, staffing and institutional capacity, as well as backlogs of cases before the courts.

Where the rule of law is fragile and under threat and where institutional constraints are great, corruption often occurs with impunity. This setting creates profound challenges for effective prosecutions.

This event brings together international experts on anti-corruption and justice systems to examine challenges in prosecuting corruption in African countries and discuss how they can be addressed.

This event is convened by the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law and its Global Rule of Law Exchange. Jones Day is the Global partner of the Exchange.

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  • Linn Hammergren, Justice Specialist
  • Peter J Ainsworth, Senior Anti-Corruption Counsel, OPDAT/Criminal Division, US Department of Justice.
  • Debra LaPrevotte, Senior Investigator, The Sentry (formerly Supervisory Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation)
  • Thomas Doe Nah, Executive Director, Center for Transparency and Accountability in Liberia (CENTAL)


  • Eric Snyder, Partner, Jones Day


This event is free to attend. Advance registration is required

Cancellations - If you register but find you are unable to attend, please let the Events team know as soon as possible.


This programme has been approved for 1.00 hours of general credit by the State Bar of California and 1.00 hours of areas of professional practice credit (including transitional credit) by the New York State CLE Board. Jones Day is a State Bar of California MCLE approved provider, as well as an accredited provider in New York. Application for CLE credit in other states will be made as needed.

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