The Human Consequences of Corruption


Tuesday, November 10, 2020, 1:00pm to 2:15pm


Virtual Event (Registration Required)

Corruption is never a victimless crime. Grand corruption – the abuse of public office for private gain – is a contributor to some of the world’s most serious human rights concerns. Refugees are fleeing failed states because of corruption, corrupt government leaders (kleptocrats) are enriching themselves while their citizens die of hunger, lack of healthcare, and the effects of climate change.

Investigative journalists play an important role in the fight against corruption. From the Panama Papers, to the Luanda Leaks, to the recent FinCEN Files, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists has exposed the devastating consequences of corruption. Currently, billions of funds meant to combat the COVID-19 pandemic are being stolen by elite kleptocrats around the globe.

Despite the evidence generated by investigative journalists and others, Kleptocrats are rarely prosecuted because they control the police, the prosecutors, and the courts in the countries they rule. A new, international mechanism is needed to address this impunity. The world needs an International Anti-Corruption Court to prosecute kleptocrats and bring justice to the victims of grand corruption.


  • Judge Mark Wolf | Chair, Integrity Initiatives International; Senior Fellow, Carr Center
  • Slagjana Taseva | Chair, Transparency International Macedonia
  • Will Fitzgibbon | Senior ICIJ reporter 
  • Sushma Raman (Moderator) | Executive Director, Carr Center for Human Rights Policy 

Judge Mark Wolf was appointed to the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts in 1985, served as the Chief Judge from 2006 - 2012, and is now a Senior Judge. He previously served in the Department of Justice as a Special Assistant to the Attorney General, Deputy U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts, and Chief of the Public Corruption Unit. Judge Wolf is Chair of Integrity Initiatives International and an Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, teaching a seminar on combatting corruption internationally. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and Distinguished Non-Resident Fellow of the Woodrow Wilson Center.

Professor Slagjana Taseva is professor in criminal law and criminology, Member of the Academic Advisory Board of the International Anticorruption Academy (IACA) in Laxemburg, Austria, former Committee member of the Afghanistan International Anti-Corruption Monitoring and Evaluation Committee(MEC) and Chair of TI Macedonia. Together with her children she has established EURISK Consulting, the Legal Consulting Company. Being specialised in money laundering, financial crime, corruption and organised crime she holds a PhD in law from Sts. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje where she started her remarkable academic career. After having taught at various academic institutions she was appointed Director of the Police Academy in Skopje (which is a University member) in 2004. In 2006 she became Vice President of the Association of the European Police Colleges. In 2008 she was appointed Dean of the Faculty for Detectives and Criminalists at the European University of the Republic of Macedonia. Since 2010 she is General Manager of EURISK Consulting. She founded the NGO Transparency International Macedonia in 2001 and in 2006 she became the Chair.

Will Fitzgibbon is a senior ICIJ reporter. He is also ICIJ's Africa and Middle East partnership coordinator. Will joined ICIJ in 2014 and coordinated the Fatal Extraction investigation that examined the impact of Australian mining companies in Africa. It remains one of the largest pan-African collaborations of journalists. Will has reported on ICIJ projects, including West Africa Leaks, Paradise Papers and Panama Papers. He coordinates ICIJ's partnerships with journalists in Africa and the Middle East. Before coming to Washington, he worked at The Bureau of Investigative Journalism (TBIJ) in London where his work on politics, the finance industry and housing appeared in The Guardian and The Observer. He studied at the London School of Economics, Sciences-Po Paris and The Australian National University.

Sushma Raman is the Carr Center's Executive Director. Sushma brings a rich and diverse background in philanthropy, human rights and social justice through her work in the U.S. and globally with the Ford Foundation and the Open Society Foundations, as well as her experience leading human rights programs, philanthropic collaboratives, and social justice foundations. Sushma’s upcoming book, co-authored with Bill Schulz, The Coming Good Society: Why New Realities Demand New Rights, looks at the coming changes to the human rights landscape and argues that rights must adapt to new technological and scientific realities or risk being consigned to irrelevance.

Virtual Event Details

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