NEWPORT - 54 participants from 33 countries completed the 10th Legal Aspects of Combating Corruption (LCC) course in December, 2016. This was the largest number of participants in any DIILS resident course to date. This three-week LCC course focused on building defense sector transparency through comparative analysis of U.S. and international lessons learned and best practices in combating corruption. The course objective was to enable participants to improve their national mechanisms to prevent, detect, investigate and prosecute corrupt practices in accordance with international legal standards.
LCC participants completed a national anti-corruption self-assessment exercise and discussed how they would improve the prevention and response to corruption in their own countries. They analyzed notional government contracts for evidence of procurement fraud, and their final practical exercise involved the investigation and prosecution of a hypothetical case of corruption-related crimes by government officials.
Four of the participants discussed their personal experience with anti-corruption with the class. During a one-week visit to Washington D.C., LCC participants met with U.S. anti-corruption experts and visited the National Defense University and U.S. Supreme Court. They also visited New York City, where they toured the 9/11 site and the United Nations.
The next Legal Aspects of Combating Corruption course (MASL P176040) is scheduled for 17 November to 7 December 2017.
Participant comments, such as those below, exemplify the value-added and positive impact of the IMET-funded LCC course:
“This course is very important to building an anti-corruption mindset. Showing what corrupt people are doing with government money and analyzing the impact of corruption on society changed my point of view.”
“LCC offered a great experience and opportunity to refine anti-corruption techniques applied in my country.”
“The most important strength of the LCC course was the case studies which involved very interesting examples of people in government positions who fell to corruption.”