This report from the Dialogue’s Peter D. Bell Rule of Law Program analyzes one of the salient features of contemporary Venezuela—rampant corruption—and presents detailed proposals for repatriating stolen assets for the benefit of the Venezuelan people.
On August 6, 2020, Michael Camilleri, director of the Peter D. Bell Rule of Law Program, spoke as a panelist at an event held by the World Refugee & Migration Council and Integrity Initiatives International to discuss two proposals designed to combat grand corruption and assist those who have been forcibly displaced as a result of this corruption.
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˙ World Refugee & Migration Council / Integrity Initiatives International
The Dialogue’s Peter D. Bell Rule of Law Program and the Inter-American Development Bank hosted a series of events focused on addressing issues of corruption in the Americas to identify lessons learned from recent corruption cases, analyze continued challenges, and outline the agenda for future reform.
Peter D. Bell Rule of Law Program, Inter-American Development Bank
Michael J. Camilleri, Director of the Dialogue’s Peter D. Bell Rule of Law Program, testified before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs on the subject of “Understanding Odebrecht: Lessons for Combating Corruption in the Americas.”
On July 31, the Inter-American Dialogue partnered with the Washington Office on Latin America and the Center for Latin American and Latino Studies at American University to host an event titled “Corruption in Honduras: Can MACCIH Make a Dent?” The conversation analyzed how effective the mission has been in its fight against corruption.
On June 27, the Inter-American Dialogue partnered with the Due Process of Law Foundation and the Washington Office on Latin America to hold an expert discussion on “Corruption and Human Rights in the Northern Triangle.” The conversation gave insight as to how anti-corruption efforts in the Northern Triangle can benefit from the inclusion of human rights discourse and the work of international bodies, such as the CICIG in Guatemala and MACCIH in Honduras.
In the wake of the Car Wash corruption scandal, seven Latin American countries are heading to the polls to elect new presidents. Global Insight assesses the implications for rule of law and democracy across the continent. Michael Camilleri shares his impressions.
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˙ International Bar Association
On April 19, the Inter-American Dialogue in partnership with the Open Contracting Partnership hosted an event titled “Open Contracting and Latin America’s Corruption Fight.” This discussion, which was moderated by Michael Camilleri, featured panelists Lea Giménez, Minister of Finance in Paraguay, and George Neumann, Senior Manager at the Open Contracting Partnership. This conversation explored the merits and challenges of open contracting and other public transparency initiatives, focusing on the Paraguayan example in regional context.
President Trump’s trip to the Summit of the Americas in Peru will mark his first visit to Latin America. After Peru, the president will travel to Colombia, where he will meet with outgoing president Juan Manuel Santos. To provide insight and analysis prior to this visit, the Inter-American Dialogue and the Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center assembled a private press roundtable of leading analysts and journalists on April 4.