Human Rights and Grand Corruption: What Role for International Law?


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Recent grand corruption scandals in Latin America provide ample evidence of corruption’s direct and negative impact on human rights. From defective dialysis treatment to earthquake-prone infrastructure, bribes weaken government services and oversight to the detriment of citizens. When officials put personal gain before the public good, the rights to health, housing, education, justice, and even life are imperiled. 

Nonetheless, until recently, international law and legal institutions treated corruption and human rights as largely separate concerns. As enforcement bodies such as the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) begin to examine the nexus between corruption and human rights violations more closely, how should international law and institutions evolve? Should international tribunals like the IACHR and the International Criminal Court adopt an explicit focus on grand corruption? Should anticorruption bodies, such as those that supervise international anticorruption treaties or investigate corruption in multilateral development bank projects, incorporate a human rights perspective?  

To discuss these questions and more, the Inter-American Dialogue and the Due Process of Law Foundation (DPLF) are pleased to host, “Human Rights and Grand Corruption: What Role for International Law?”

Simultaneous interpretation will be provided.

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Michael Shifter

President, Inter-American Dialogue (@MichaelShifter)


Hernán Larraín

Minister for Justice and Human Rights, Chile (@HernanLarrainF)


José Ugaz

Former Chair of the Board, Transparency International (@JoseUgazSM)

Naomi Roht-Arriaza

Distinguished Professor, UC Hastings College of Law (@roht_naomi)

Claudio Nash Rojas

Professor of International Human Rights, University of Chile (@cnashr)

Jan-Michael Simon

Director for Latin America at the Max Planck Institut for Foreign and International Criminal Law, Freiburg, Germany


Michael Camilleri

Director, Peter D. Bell Rule of Law Program, Inter-American Dialogue (@camillerimj)

Katya Salazar

Executive Director, Due Process of Law Foundation (@katyasalazar)


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