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International Anti-Corruption Academy, Part III

We’ve learned about the creation of IACA, the International Anti-Corruption Academy and about its intensive Masters in Anti-Corruption Studies. But the IACA also has quite a number of shorter programs.

The Summer Academy is a single 10-day program that takes place each summer. In 2014, the dates will be July 3-12 (applications accepted through March 15). With the motto “Practice Meets Science,” the Summer Academy is designed for professionals from all sectors of society, such as investigators, prosecutors, judges, non-governmental agency personnel, and journalists. Last year the Summer Academy drew 75 participants from 55 countries. 

The faculty is comprised of senior corruption experts from government, civil society, private sector, and the academy. The Summer Academy, like the Masters program, takes an interdisciplinary approach, examining corruption through the lenses of  law, economics, politics, criminology, psychology, sociology, and compliance.  Activities include lectures, group work, interactive discussions, team building, and social and recreational activities. Scholarships are available for applicants from less developed countries, and are provided by the Siemens Integrity Initiative.

For further information about the IACSA, write to them at [email protected]. And they have a Facebook page too, at

In our next and last post, we’ll take a look at several of IACA’s other innovative programs.


Andy Spalding is a senior editor of the FCPA Blog. He is an Assistant Professor at the University of Richmond School of Law.

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  1. Thank you Andy for introducing IACA into the largest compliance community. I definitely agree with you, that the Academy is the only ONE institution in the world with such a vital interdisciplinary approach addressing issues and problems of corruption. Founders of IACA clearly foresaw the need of educating and training a new generation of worldwide anti-corruption professionals.
    In 2011, I had a pleasure of attending IACA’s first Summer School Academy. The experience was exceptional and irreplaceable! Every detail, from the organization and logistics to the unique selection of instructors, and mostly the quality of program, were at the highest level. I have since attend other programs, “The Best of Series” deserves a special mention for all interested in anti-corruption field. IACA experience is a must! 🙂
    Angelika Prokop-Grey
    Management Board Representative for Ethics & Compliance
    Polish Defence Holding

  2. Thank you Andy, for introducing the MACS Programm at the IACA to the FCPA-Blog!
    Being a MACS participant allow me a few comments:
    Since january 2013 I am studying the phenomenon of corruption at the IACA in Laxenburg/Austria. I am working in the financial sector and I am aware of the important role that Financial Institutions as well as their regulators and supervisors play in the globalized world. Banks can play a crucial role in the fight against corruption, but banks are constantly criticized in not doing a good enough Job. In the light of numerous scandals, there is a common understanding that there is space for improving corporate integrity in financial institutions.
    I applied for the programm, because I wanted to understand the phenomenon of corruption, its causes and mechanisms in all its complexity and apply this knowledge to real- world cases. I wanted to learn how companies or countries can launch and sustain preventive and curative measures against corruption.
    Martin Kreutner and the IACA offer a highly professional environment with highly committed staff that supports the students in any way possible.
    One of the factors that makes this programm so unique is the group of highly committed participants. We are able to discuss topics with like-minded People from 17 countries all around the globe, from different educational and professional backgrounds – we had so many insightful and eye-opening group discussions lighted not only under legal, economical but also under political, ethical and cultural perspectives. Especially this multicultural setting supports that holistic thinking. Topics need to be thought through different perspectives – that’s what we are trained for!
    But above all, it is the concentration of globally renowned, outstanding professors like Robert Klitgaard, Nikos Passas, Mushtaq Khan, Ramakrishna Velamuri, Alan Doig and so forth.
    Beeing a lawyer, Andy Spaldings 4 day-course in the last module was definitly one of my highlights. He ran a "legal marathon" with us. Informativ, insightful and inspiring. Thanks again Andy!
    One final comment: It is crucial to build strong networks, networks that are based on trust – the future Alumnis of the MACS will be – or already are – a very strong and broad network in the fight against corruption.

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