Anti-Bribery & Corruption
We promote transparency and accountability in public and private institutions to encourage responsibility and minimise the corrosive economic, political, social and human impacts of corruption, considered to be one of the key barriers to sustainable development. This work often looks beyond the place of origin of corruption, to effective means of enforcement, which entails holding corporates and governments to account across the developed world.
Recent Cases & Projects
Seeking an International Investigation into Bribery
Proposing Legislative Reform in Ukrane
ILP supported Transparency International with the preparation of a criminal complaint for Romanian prosecutors regarding bribery of foreign officials by a Romanian citizen concerning an oil deal with the government of Senegal.
The case has been submitted to authorities in all related jurisdictions (US, UK, Australia, Romania, Singapore and Malaysia) requesting a full-scale investigation, in an effort to obtain justice for the citizens of Senegal who wrongly lost hundreds of millions of dollars in country income when this convicted narcotics trafficker sold his allegedly corruptly obtained ownership interests in two Senegalese oil leases to BP, for millions if not billions of dollars in royalties.
Timis seems to have impunity in Senegal, where the harm was done, but we are hopeful of achieving a prosecution in Romania or Australia, sending a clear message that perpetrators of international extortion and corruption will be pursued and brought to justice.
ILP assembled an international pool of legal experts to review, analyse and propose legislative changes that were submitted to Parliament on three legislative bills concerning: privatization of state-owned arms export companies; State Secrecy and Military Procurement.
Military procurement corruption has been a significant area of abuse by corrupt officials and corporations. The large-scale diversion of the defence budget via illegal avenues has severely undermined the war in Eastern Ukraine, exacerbating soldier casualties through the provision of faulty equipment and uniforms for example.
The legal reviews included an international best practice comparison of other countries' approaches, as well as NATO, OSCE and EU guidance. After the advice stage, ILP was asked to present the findings and answer Q&As at the US Embassy in Kiev to an invited group of political advisors from G7 Embassies ("sherpas"), Ukrainian experts, and selected NGOs campaigning/advocating for reform on these issues.